Being a fashion designer is and always will be a dream for many. I remember wanting to be a fashion designer when I was a young girl. I dreamt about designing various fashion collections but I never got into it. The idea was fun but I didn’t have the right skills or passion needed to follow it through. So the fashion designer dream died a natural death. I know many fashion designers personally and I know how difficult it can be to stand out in the saturated industry. It is almost like blogging, you have to bring your creativity to the table, it has to be different from anything else out there, or the competition will bury your fashion designing dream quickly.
How to be a fashion designer
If you have your mind set on being a fashion designer, here are some tips I got from a few successful fashion designers, they may work for you –
Develop your creative skills
If you don’t have any, fashion designing may not be the right job for you. For you to become a successful fashion designer, you need to have a good eye for colour, shape and design. Some are naturally good at these things, while others may have to work a little harder to develop their skills. Going for a fashion course or apprenticeship may help you acquire the skills needed to excel in fashion designing.
Build your portfolio
The best way to learn is to keep practising. Building a portfolio while you work on developing your fashion designing skills is a great idea. As we all know, practice makes perfect, and developing your portfolio is one way of practising. It also allows you show prospective employers or clients what you are capable of creating.
Choose a niche
The best way to stand out in the saturated world of fashion designing is to choose a niche, especially in the early days. This allows you make a name for yourself in a niche. It is faster to grow when you choose a niche. You could play around with a few niches until you find your sweet spot! Some fashion designers choose to focus on womenswear only, others pick swimwear or menswear, the choice is yours.
Make the most of social media
Social media is one way to promote your creative designs so make the most of them. Instagram is a great platform to start on as it is very visual. You could set up a YouTube channel as well to promote your work even more. The sky is only the beginning.