This week’s short post is inspired by a conversation I had with a high school student. What would I say to someone planning to study fashion? What would I have said to my 17 year old self?
Learn how to sew. If you understand how clothes are constructed before commencing your fashion studies, you’ll be waaaay ahead.
Get a job in a fabric shop. As well as the very handy staff discount, you’ll be exposed to all sorts of different fabrics, tools and notions. In addition, you’ll be able to get advice from other staff members and customers who sew.
Get a job as an “ironing lady” (or man). Just for a few months. You’ll develop an empathy for handling fabric which will be a valuable asset. I ironed for two clients for one morning a week, doing their shirts. I did it for a couple of months and gee, did I get good and quick!
Be reliable. Do what you say you’re going to do. Get along with people. Who would you rather employ/do business with: a designer who is out-of-this-world brilliant, yet flaky, or someone who turns up (on time) and gets the job done? You’re building a reputation brick-by-brick and eventually your reputation will replace your resume. As well, consider that your fashion teachers are an informal “job agency” and like to recommend students to people who need staff.
Got any others? Please feel free to leave a comment. 🙂