Careers in Fashion
Introduction to a career in fashion
The exciting and glamorous field of fashion revolves around designing, preparing and marketing clothing, accessories and footwear. Professionals in the fashion industry use their creative talents and technical skills to design aesthetically pleasing and visually attractive outfits that suit customers’ needs. They also create and manage advertising campaigns to market their products across the world, and occasionally organize fashion shows and exhibitions to show off their work.
Students looking for a career in fashion can enroll in an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in fashion at a number of colleges around the country. The courses, which can be taken on-campus or online include computer aided design (CAD), textile design, fabric printing, wardrobe development, sewing and tailoring. Students also take courses in fashion retail, fashion marketing, creative development, budget and financial management and risk management.
What kind of education/training do I need for a career in fashion?
What are the different careers in fashion?
The fashion industry provides ample opportunities of employment for properly qualified and trained graduates. People can make a career in fashion as textile artists, clothing designers, accessory and footwear designers, apparel buyers, fashion stylist, fashion merchandisers and retail managers. Nearly half of all fashion designers are employed by large apparel and footwear manufacturers, while the remaining are self employed. The rapid increase in the global population combined with the increased spending power of developing countries is expected to create thousands of new jobs in this industry. Average wages for entry level positions currently stand at $45,000 per year, while more experienced fashion designers draw their salaries in millions of dollars every year.