As a fashion designer, you will have a creative andexciting career that many people only dream about.
There are many fashion design career paths for you to choose from. Some fashion designers work for top houses such as Tommy Hilfiger and Chanel. Others are employed by mass-market manufacturers of men's, women's and children's apparel.
Or you could start your own fashion design business, establishing a distinctive style and overseeing fashion creation from initial concept to manufacturing and distribution.
In this field, there is a long history of people rising from humble beginnings to become fashion designer stars.
- Laura Ashley got her start as a secretary.
- Vera Wang began designing when she became engaged at age 39 and couldn't find a suitable wedding gown for the mature first bride.
- Ralph Lauren was born into a middle-class family who lived in the Bronx, and used to buy suits with his pocket money at age 12. He is now one of therichest and most famous fashion designers in the world.
Of course, it takes hard work, creativity, and a true passion for fabulous designs to achieve success as a fashion designer, but you can break into this career much more quickly and easily with the FabJob Guide to Become a Fashion Designer. In this guide you will discover how you can get started and succeed as a fashion designer.
Guide author Peter J. Gallanis is former associate editor of a leading fashion retail magazine. The experts who share insider advice in this powerful how-to guide include:
- Stan Herman, President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
- Louis de Gama, winner of the New Generation Designer award from the British Fashion Council
- Linda Lundström, who designs and manufactures her own lines of women's fashions sold in more than 350 retail stores
- Plus more than two dozen other fashion industry professionals and fashion designers.
The guide covers topics of vital importance if you want to learn fashion design, get hired as a fashion designer, or start your own fashion design business in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for starting a fashion design business in any country. It includes:
Getting Started in Fashion Design
- What you need to know about the fashion design industry, including:
- Why people buy fashion apparel
- Where the leading fashion centers are
- Who's who in the fashion design world
- What the fashion categories are (haute couture, ready-to-wear and 5 others you should know)
- When designs are sold (the fashion seasons)
- What a fashion designer does
- A step-by-step overview of how to design a garment, including:
- Refining your idea (including identifying thestyle and who will wear it)
- Sketching the design
- Pattern making
- Steps for draping
- Choosing the fabric, color, trims, etc.
- Making samples
- Manufacturing garments
- How to develop your fashion design skills, including:
- Knowledge of textiles
- Sewing for the fashion industry
- Sketching by hand and CAD (computer design)
- Developing your eye for fashion
- How to identify trends
- Ways to enhance your creativity
- What to look for if you want to attend a fashion design school (includes links to the best online resources listing design schools and colleges)
- Other ways to educate yourself about fashion design without getting a degree or diploma
How to Get Hired as a Fashion Designer
- Types of employers including the top ready-to-wear designers and haute couture houses with the following information where available:
- Company name
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Fax number
- Email address
- Information about types of positions including assistant designer, accessories designer, design adapter, design director, etc.
- Entry-level positions in the apparel industry including patternmaker, sketcher, and sample maker
- How to find job openings
- The best online job boards for the fashion design industry
- Employment agencies for fashion designers
- Fashion industry publications
- Unadvertised positions
- How to prepare a portfolio
- Items to include in your portfolio
- Getting pictures of your designs
- How to create a theme board
- Preparing a CD-ROM portfolio
- Preparing a resume and cover letter (includessamples)
- How to get great references
- Interview tips including what to wear and how to make a fabulous impression (includes a list of questions you should not ask)
- How to create a business plan for your fashion design business
- Determining your start-up costs (plus a list of expenses new fashion designers often forget to include)
- Where to get start-up financing (plus a little known source of funding especially for fashion design businesses)
- Choosing a name for your fashion design business
- Trademarking your label
- What else you need to know to start a fashion design business (with tips and links to resources on business insurance, taxes on product sales,incorporating, etc.)
- How to set up your workspace whether you work athome or rent a showroom (includes information on how to find a showroom)
- A checklist of supplies and equipment you'll need for designing and manufacturing (includes information on how to find suppliers)
- How to minimize your expenses
- How to hire a design assistant
- Finding a manufacturer (plus what to beware of when choosing a manufacturer)
Selling Your Fashions
- Defining your market (type of garment, who will wear it, price range)
- Identifying your unique selling point
- Setting your clothing prices
- Sales tools for fashion designers (including garment samples and line sheets)
- Finding private clients
- How to sell to boutiques
- How to sell to department stores and large retailers
- Getting publicity for your fashion design business
- Creating a traveling showroom
- Hiring a sales representative for your fashion design business
- Selling through catalogs and online
- The three types of shows you should know about:
- Trunk shows
- Trade shows
- Runway shows
- Processing customer orders
- What you should know about returns
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
- Links to the best fashion industry resourcesincluding web sites, trade publications, professional associations, and fashion internship opportunities
- Valuable samples and checklists to help you start a fashion design business, including:
- business plan samples
- startup budget checklist
- operating budget checklist
- supply and equipment checklist
- sample spec sheet for manufacturing
- sample client order form
- sample wholesale order form
- sample invoice
- sample boutique consignment agreement
- sample line sheet
- sample press release
- And more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about starting a fashion design business. TheFabJob Guide to Become a Fashion Designer contains some of the best fashion career and business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more.
It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some costly mistakes, and give you information you need to get hired as a fashion designer or start your own fashion design business.
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If you believe you deserve to become a fashion designer and have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to become a fashion designer or start a fashion design business.
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