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Becoming a Fashion Designer

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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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    labimba
    labimba posted in Style:
    Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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    animallover468
    animallover468 posted in Style:
    EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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