Becoming a Fashion Designer: The Tough Path to Success
We are all bombarded daily with the success of many famous designers, with their numerous ready to wear and haute couture fashion shows and presentations being showcased on TV, fashion magazines, and sometimes we even do some window shopping when we see their beautiful glossy store windows and impeccably dressed mannequins (and of course, sometimes we do buy something).
But, most of us do not really know that fashion shows on Milan fashion week and glossy stores do not appear all of a sudden. It takes years for a fashion designer to get known, and what’s more, years do not guarantee that he/she will become famous.In other words, despite their always present talent, some designers remain unknown (or they work in less acknowledged environments) till the rest of their lives. That is such a pity considering the talent and a sense for fashion an individual needs to possess in order to be a fashion designer.
Well, that is what most people know. The people that actually want to become fashion designers know the tough road well. First of all, you need to be really talented. Not just talented in the solely art aspect, but you need to know how to implement art into clothing, making it an applied sort of art (that is why it is so tricky to succeed).
What’s more, you constantly need to follow new trends (and to make them, if you are advanced). This means that fashion has to be your lifestyle, not just a job. Or better to say, not just a job, but a mission. A mission where you make the today’s people feel good and beautiful in their clothes.
Many people have mistaken the designer job.They do need to make perfect sketches of mannequins with their clothes on. Most of them think that it is a designer’s goal to sew and tailor things. In fact, a designer needs to have only basic knowledge about that, and that has to be enough in order to properly implement his ideas. That means that, although it may be creative, he cannot order the team to make a skyscraper
out of a dress if it can’t be tailored properly. Of course, that only applies to ready to wear collections, and not haute couture.But, assuming that the reader of the article and aspiring future designer is a newbie, we warmly suggest he should start with ready to wear, as haute couture collections tend to be super picky with designers, and that is an overall tough market to start with.
We can’t emphasize more the power of great education. It is weird to state education as a focal point in the designer industry (as it is not academic enough as law, management, IT…) but it is a well known fact that the most famous and most creative designer come out of a few design facilities. For example, Central Saint Martins is the British leading school for design and art that makes only top notch designers. Aspiring students crave for their scholarships,but they have the best reason.
for it, since Central Saint Martins provides the best education for future fashion artisans. America’s equivalent of Central Saint Martins has to be Parsons, The New School for Design, and it is based in New York. Scholarships are intense here too, but most of the fashion schools have some scholarship and training programs that are worth looking at. Similar schools are: Istituto Marangoni in Milan, ESMOD in Paris and London College of Fashion. Any of them makes a great choice.
A designer’s road is surely tough. But we truly believe that people whoa re born the certain something will surely succeed, no matter what. The key point is to realize what you are good at, whether it is shoes, bags, leisure wear, evening wear, lingerie or everything. Don’t design anything that you are not comfortable with. The key is to dominate the field you know, and know how to express your creativity related to it. So, good luck to all newbie designers, and seize those scholarships and rule the fashion savvy world! Check out the movie Coco Before Chanel to know more about this outstanding fashion designer.