Today in Fashion: Want a High-Street Fashion Design Job?

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

November 28, 2005

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Lagerfield at H&M recently had customers lined up around the block in the UK. This November, it's the turn of Stella McCartney. Does this mean that today's fashions are finally coming down to earth?

Most of fashion design jobs today certainly veer towards mass apparel manufacture--and why shouldn't today's fashions be cheap enough for everyone?

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Stella McCartney - Now Designing Apparel for the High Street Manufacturer

If you have a yen to be a fashion designer, chances are you like to be individual. Where jobs are concerned, you may well end up designing for the high street. There are currently around 15,000 fashion design jobs in the U.S., and competition is fierce, but this doesn't mean there isn't plenty of scope to express your individuality. Down-to-earth megastar Gwyneth Paltrow is already gushing about Stella McCartney's new satin jacket at H&M. Due out in November, the emphasis is very much on affordable glamor. After this, Stella will be designing sports apparel for a well-know sports manufacturer.

What is Today's Fashion About?

In today's fashion design jobs, you need to know as much about the market as you do textiles, colors and shapes. Even if you end up working for a high street apparel manufacturer, you are not designing uniforms. Most of us like to stamp our personality on our apparel by accessorizing, mixing, and matching. That's what today's fashion is all about, and the mass manufacture of today's designer fashion allows us to do it on a budget. If you get that fashion design job, it's likely that your own budget won't be too shabby, either!


About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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