You do not need an official certification or degree to qualify you for a future in fashion design, however, solid determination is a must have! You will also have to repeatedly prove your ability to draw, design, sew and show a developed knowledge of the fashion industry.
Many people overlook the ability to sew competently when they start to picture a future in fashion design. If you haven’t already learnt this skill then I recommend that you get an excellent sewing tuition. A career in fashion design will require you to sew difficult fabric under challenging situations so you will need to work at it! Don’t be disheartened, it is not a skill that comes easily to most people!
Learn from past designers, watch and learn about how fabric moves and flows, in short, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Your in-depth knowledge of the different properties of fabrics and where to source them from will be an important part of success in your career. Research how to layout and create storyboards and product ranges, perhaps by looking at other successful designers. Keep an eye on fashion trends, use them to explore and develop your own style and how to implement it in different forms and ranges.
Experience is everything, if you don’t want to take the education route then get yourself an internship or apprenticeship. Keep in mind, you will need to have an impressive portfolio to apply and have to be willing to start at the bottom of the ladder; interns are often given menial tasks like getting coffee. Again, the connections you make through your internship or apprenticeship will be vital as you pursue your career in fashion, and working with industry professionals will give you an opportunity to pick up important skills first-hand.
From all this experience you should be able to work out what type of fashion design that you want to go into. Fashion is ever changing but here are some forms of fashion for you to think of:
- Women’s daywear, women’s evening wear
- Men’s daywear, men’s evening wear
- Boys’ wear and/or girls’ wear; teenage wear
- Sportswear/fitness/leisure wear
- Outdoor, adventure, outerwear
- Bridal wear
- Costume design for theatre, movies, the advertising industry and retailers
By doing this experimentation you should be able to work out what you are best at, and give you the ability to develop your own ‘key pieces’.
A career in fashion design is probably for you if:
- Your are willing to devote your life to it
- You don’t mind uncertainty or feeling insecurity
- You are willing to stand up for what you believe in and believe in your own ideas
- You have good communication skills and listen to clients
- You know the fashion industry inside and out!
If you think that this perfectly describes you or if you already have experience as a fashion designer then I recommend sites such as Talisman Fashion which lists job opportunities both within the UK and internationally!