What Can You Expect in Fashion School?

by Sarah Clark
Fashion School Review Columnist

March 13, 2006

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Fashion school serves as the beginning of your education, a stepping stone to a creative career. You can expect to meet interesting people, work hard, and grow as a designer.

If you want a career in fashion, you should start by getting the credentials needed to be a fashion designer. That often means going to fashion school, volunteering at fashion events, and possibly doing a fashion-related internship.

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You've probably had an interest in fashion that inspired you to work towards a career in fashion. Many fashion students have been sketching styles for years. During fashion school you'll take what you know about fabric, lines, and cuts and learn to meld them into high fashion. You'll become more adept at illustration - sketching ideas and bringing them to fruition through cutting, sewing, and choosing a complementary fabric.

You might learn how to work with delicate fabrics like silk, tulle, or gossamer. If you're interested in haute couture you might learn how to weave detailed patterns of pearl, sequin, lace and other delicate materials.

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Internships can provide many fashion students with a way to put their education into practice. If you're studying in NYC, the opportunities for landing a high profile fashion internship may be greater than in many other areas. Nearly every major fashion label has operations in New York. What's more, you can learn everything about the business, from how to put together a fashion show to marketing your clothes to retailers and clothing distributors.

The downside to studying in New York is the expense. NYC rents are among the highest in the nation. To keep your expenses low, you might opt to study in your hometown and then go to New York once you're ready to search for a fashion design job.

Move toward a career in fashion by taking steps today to get the credentials needed to pursue a fashion-related job.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.

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