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Fashion Designers - A Career That Fits

Fashion design is one of the most popular career choices for young peeps, which isn't surprising cuz clothing is totally important to teens. Fashion designers are fashion conscious - they create clothes and accessories (things like bags, belts, shoes and jewelry) with an eye on the latest fashion trends. Dreaming of a career in design isn't that far-fetched - the fashion industry is huge and is always seeking out new talent. Just remember that hard work and a good education will help you realize that dream.

Fashion Designers - Passion for Fashion

If you spend endless hours flipping through fashion mags, set trends rather than follow them, and dream up eye-popping outfits in your sleep, then you're already halfway there! But keep in mind that experience counts. Get an after-school job at your fave clothing store, volunteer to make costumes for the school play and carry a sketchpad with you cuz you never know where you'll find inspiration for your next design.

Fashion Designers - A School for Style

Sure, it's important to be a trendsetter and have a flair for creativity, but you'll need the right education to back it up. While you're in high school, take fashion, design and textile classes. This is where you'll learn the history of fashion, study different fabrics and materials, and cover drawing and designing basics. It's also important to take art classes because they'll help you develop an eye for color and proportion. But the most important class to take in school is home economics because you'll learn how to sew everything from aprons and handbags to shorts and skirts. Once you graduate from high school, you should get a fine arts degree in fashion or attend a fashion design school like the Pratt Institute or Parsons School of Design (both are in New York).

Fashion Designers - Did U Know?

  • Fashion design was recognized when Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1846, making it possible to make garments quickly and cheaply.
  • Famous designers with their own clothing lines earn millions, but the average fashion designer makes between $30,000 to $50,000. Of course, this will increase with experience.
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