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Uncovering the secrets of a career in fashion

Have you ever thought of a career in fashion? Being a fashionista is more than following trends and bagging the latest designer pieces to flaunt when you head out onto the high street. Understanding fashion is about anticipating future trends and maybe even creating trends of your own for others to follow. The easiest way to do this is by forging a career within the fashion industry. 

You don’t have to be the most adept artist or be the most creative thinker in order to work within the sector. There are plenty of roles alongside the designers that could see you mingling with other fashion professionals beside the catwalk. Take a look at how you could break into the fashion industry.

 

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Management

Nothing could seem further from the iconic and creative industry that is fashion than the idea of management. However, every sector needs managers whether they specialise in finance, marketing, advertising or HR. Who do you think books the models, ensures the Spring Collection is delivered on budget and makes a brand instantly recognisable across the globe? If you have a head for figures or enjoy problem-solving, you might want to consider enrolling in an online supply chain management course that will allow you to become the ultimate resource planner for fashion shows.

 

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Get Creative

If you have an artistic flair, but you have never chosen to follow this aspect of your skill set as a career, now might be the time to begin looking at relevant job opportunities. If you are willing to start at the bottom and work your way up, and you can demonstrate your fashionista credentials, fashion houses across the globe will take on apprentices to mould into their perfect industry professionals. While you might be honing your coffee making skills for a while, there will come a moment when you get a break in the industry. Designers such as Christian Louboutin had no formal training and started sketching shoes as a teenager before becoming the world’s leading ladies footwear creator.

 

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Logistics

Instead of putting pen to paper and designing the latest collections, you might prefer to work behind the scenes. You could create the backdrops for catwalk shows, construct the perfect stage or work out the most iconic sound settings to create the ideal mood to accompany a collection. You could fall back on your people skills to ensure all of the models are organised, ready to go on time and that outfit changes are seamless. The world of fashion is renowned for being manic, chaotic and full of prima donnas. If you can manage this well enough, you will become a logistics maestro in demand by all fashion houses. A career in fashion is not for the faint-hearted and can be hugely stressful. But it can also give you the ultimate job satisfaction.

 

Fashion is exciting and creative. Many would say it’s a passion and in your blood. If you’re keen to pursue your passion for fashion, follow this advice and do everything in your power to break into the industry.

 

Do you work in the fashion industry? How are you finding it? Do sound off in the comments section below.

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Is the Fashion Industry Failing its Models

Behind the glossy images of beautiful models on the pages of magazines, quick confident struts down the runway and alluring poses for billboards is an untold story. A story of endless sexual harassment and abuse, underweight models, underaged models, and horrible working conditions. In the light of recent events with the #MeToo campaign, I have questioned a lot of things about the entertainment and fashion industry.

I can’’t help admiring supermodels. Everything about them, their professionalism, their height, figure and carriage gets a nod of approval each time I spot them. Plus I respect their work, it is far from being easy. Models work very long hours and have to look their best doing their work. That must incredibly hard. I sometimes have the luxury of working in my pyjamas and nerdy glasses all day if I get the chance. They never get the chance.

 

 

 

However, ever since the #MeToo campaign, a darker side to the fashion industry was revealed. Several models have spoken up. They have shared personal stories of sexual abuse and harassment from photographers, managers and designers. And to be honest, I was horrified.

There were also reports of incidents where the dignity of models, both male and female were disrespected leaving them utterly embarrassed. Others, especially models of African descent, shared stories of how the crew did not have makeup artists and hair stylists who were knowledgeable enough to handle their unique skin type and hair texture.

I felt the need to do my own part to put the words out there. To be advocate for a change.

 

Sexual Harassments and Abuse in the Fashion Industry

Let’s face it. Models are beautiful but that’s never a good enough reason for any one to sexually harass or abuse anybody. Sadly these models fall prey to perverted photographers, managers and designers. What’s even worse is that such models are forced to remain silent. And if there is one thing I am grateful for about thus #MeToo campaign, is that the culture of silence is dead!

These models are were usually left helpless and had to remain silent to fulfil their modelling dreams. I am happy to see this is no longer the case and more and more model are speaking up about these sexual harassment and abuse.

 

No Privacy

Runways aren’t as calm and collected as we know them to be. Behind the scenes its very fast, models have to change into the outfits very quickly and be ready to go. In photoshoots where a lot of pictures have to be taken within such a short time, speed of changing into the clothes for the shoot is important.

What people don’t know is that no provision is made for models to change in private. They are often sent to change in front of other models and fashion crew. Which is far from ideal. I am happy to hear this will be changing too, with the private changing rooms being enforced.

 

 

Underage young models

The fashion industry is opening its doors to young talent ranging between the ages of 14 and 16. Usually, such models are subjected to the intense working hours. More often than not they are left exhausted, as expected.

Just like other models, these youngsters are also exposed to sexual harassment, abuse and humiliation.

 

Changes

Kering and LVMH recently joined forces to introduce a new charter aimed at protecting models working with their brands. These brands include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen.

The new charter includes a call for private changing areas, and a ban on underage and underweight models. Models must be at least 16 years old to get hired, and female models must be a French size 34 (UK size 6/U.S. size 2) or above. Also, young models between 16 and 18 years old cannot work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

I am happy to see the fashion industry is finally beginning to listen to these models, with this charter, and I hope all brands follow suit. We all need to be advocates of change.

What are your thoughts on the #MeToo campaign? Please sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

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How to start your very own fashion business

Fashion. A career path only reserved for the artistic, the creative, and the passionate. In the world of fashion, there is no room for imitation. So if you got the right skill, you are good to go! What better way to put these skills to use than to become the next Vera Wang and start your own fashion business.

 

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Imagine working for yourself. Imagine, no rush hour commute, no stroppy colleagues to deal with, and you can even work in your onesie if you so wish. Sounds like heaven, well imagine combining this work set-up with your ultimate passion. Perfecto!

 

Where to start?

Here is where you need to start; you need to come up with that amazing piece to get your name out there. Diane von Furstenberg did it with the stylish wrap dress, what will yours be? Think unique, distinctive and exclusive.

 

Prototype

Next you need to develop that design. It might require lots of takes, but eventually something will click and you’ll know when you have designed the ‘one’. Now it’s time to make a prototype, something to show your potential buyers. Source your own materials, find the right fabrics with the best texture, designs and colours that really match what you have been imagining.

 

 

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Getting the word out

Now it’s time to get your unique and distinctive piece of fashion out there for the entire world to see. Send images of the piece, styled into an entire outfit to fashion websites and magazines. Dress yourself in the piece and share images on social media of you looking fabulous. Offer to make prototypes to give to friends and family so that they can show it off to the world.

 

Platform

Next, you are going to need some sort of platform to sell your pieces on. By this stage, you may have a few different designs. The best way to publicise these is on your very own dynamic website with a website design that suits your needs as a business – because that is what you are now, no matter if you are selling 1 piece or 500 pieces, you are still a business.

If you’re a savvy techy, you can create your own website. If you struggle to even turn a computer on, you’re best looking for an agency to help you design and create your site. It’s important to have aesthetic touches as well as being user friendly.

 

SEO

So you’ve got your design, you’ve got your website, but how are people going to find your website? A little thing called SEO. You need to read up on how search engines operate and how people interact with them so that you can get a better understanding of what you need to achieve.  Next is the vital keyword research and content.

There’s loads of information out there on how to Search Engine Optimise, take some time to have a read and put into action what you have learnt and see your website grow.

 

Product development

As you grow as a business, it is important to develop from your one single brand. This way, it’s a consistent growth and the designs carry the same DNA right the way through. Product development is an important part of your fashion business.

 

Have a plan

You must have a strong plan and vision of the direction you want your business to head from the very beginning. Set yourself goals and know what your product is worth. If you believe in your product, this will shine through. Be confident, bold and proud.

Start with a marketing plan that sets out which customers you are going to be targeting, and how you are going to approach them. Look into PR and communication resources; these are useful tools to support you to bring your work to a wider audience.

 

Remember, not all fashion businesses have to operate at the very high-end of luxury, this may be where you want to be eventually, but start realistically. Your business concept needs to offer a clear proposition of value to the customers – now get to work and clarify your vision and set a roadmap on how to get there!

 

Have you ever thought of starting a fashion business or any other type of business? What is stopping you?

 

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