Make Your Name a Label

by Lynsey Hemstreet
Fashion School Review Columnist

April 24, 2006

Send Article to Friend Send to a friend | Printable Version

As a fashion design school student, you probably have a stylishly unique personal style. If anyone has ever offered to buy your jacket, bag or the shirt off your back, maybe it's time you design your own clothing line. Even the most famous lines like Dior and Versace were once self-started independents. Wouldn't your name look nice on a label?
Pursue A
Fashion Degree
The Art Institutes

The Art Institute

Fashion design students all dream of making it big: shows like Project Runway only fuels the dreams of fashion design school students everywhere. But making it big might be easier by starting small. If you want to design your own clothing line, making an uncomplicated statement with striking pieces is the way to go. Here are some ideas for inspiration.

  • Logos. Consider several clothing companies that are known more for the image that defines them than anything else. Obey features a stylized face of Andre the Giant, while the Iron Cross of skateboard and clothing company Independent is ubiquitous on sixteen-year-olds across America.
  • Bags. If your fashion design skills run toward the rugged side, when you design your own clothing line you might start with messenger bags or purses. Timbuk2, based in San Francisco, lets you custom-design the messenger of your choice. Expressing your personal sense of fashion design in a bag is a great way to always wear your own line.
  • T-shirts. Indie clothing designers Johnny Cupcakes and Billy Tsangeres (creator of the infamous "Free Winona" t-shirt) choose to express themselves almost entirely on t-shirts. Silkscreening t-shirts with your own fashion designs is a great way to get your clothing out inexpensively.

If your ambitions are bigger than your wallet but you want to design your own clothing line, these suggestions will have your designs flying off the shelf.


About the Author
Lynsey Hemstreet has two passions in life: writing and makeup. A journalism grad from San Francisco State University, she is a cosmetics consultant by day, freelance writer and editor by night. Lynsey's written work ranges from independent music reviews t

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads

  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
  • Curriculum focus on preparing students for a creative career by teaching them the fundamentals of advertising and design
  • Students can choose from courses that cover areas such as advertising concepts, art direction, experience design, and online marketing
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow

See more facts about The Art Institutes system of schools

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

See more facts about Independence University

Campus Locations:

ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment. Our school has been serving Southern California since 2000. Our programs will empower students to prepare for certifications for Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, CompTia and other leading vendors in the IT Job market.

See more facts about ABCO Technology

Campus Locations:

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

-One-Click Access To Instructors
-Powerful Collaborative Tools
-People-focused Learning Environment
-Innovative Curriculum

Full Sail's educational philosophy emphasizes an immersive approach to learning, combining elements of creativity, business and life skills, technical prowess and academic achievement. From video, animation and podcasts, to more traditional lectures and essay assignments, our goal is to find the most effective way to communicate important concepts.

-Immersive, Media-Driven Education
-Based on Full Sail's Acclaimed On-Campus Programs
-Intelligent, Engaging Content

We look forward to seeing the next generation of artists, business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs come through our virtual doors on their way to career success.

See more facts about Full Sail University - Online

Matching School Ads