Fashion design training is an important element of any career in fashion. When you study fashion design in school you’ll not only become the best and most creative designer you can be, but you’ll also learn all about the business and marketing aspects of this field, and you’ll learn how to stage fashion events, attract clients, satisfy clients, and stay in business and ahead of the competition for years to come.
Before you even apply to a formal program in fashion design training, you should ask yourself a few questions. The first question is: “Do I really want to do this?” Many fashion design training programs are quite expensive as the institutions that provide this training are private and depend on tuition money to stay afloat. You don’t want to spend money on a semester or two only to discover your heart’s not really in this line of work. So really assess your feelings. If you feel fashion is your life and your calling, and that you simply have to express yourself by creating clothes for people to wear, then you definitely are headed in the right direction.
You’ll next have to figure out if you want to study locally, living at home and commuting to campus, or if you want to live at the school where you study. (As long as a program is properly accredited, you’ll be in good shape.) You may want to fill out financial aid forms and apply for scholarships. Just make sure you visit any school to which you apply! And also make sure you meet all requisites for any program to which you apply.
In addition to the standard application forms, essays and interviews, you usually have to submit a portfolio in order to be considered for a fashion design training program. Spend a lot of time assembling your portfolio. It must meet every single guideline that a school gives you exactly. (This might mean altering your portfolio for different schools.) Generally speaking, however, your best and most current work makes up the first part of your portfolio, and the portfolio proceeds in roughly reverse chronological order. You should end on a high note; that is, the last page of your portfolio should contain something truly special. By the way, you might have to show off your portfolio during your interview. This can be uncomfortable, and even embarrassing for some candidates. However, be proud of your work and project confidence when you’re discussing some of the pieces it contains. At the same time, don’t brag or come off as haughty when you’re talking about your own work.
And when you do begin your fashion design training, take advantage of every aspect of it. Organize fashion shows, apply for summer internships at fashion magazine, get a part-time job in the industry and meet as many people as you can. You never know who might lead you to your first job, after all.
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