It is ivory difficult to know exactly how many people are studying in fashion schools all over the world because they want to become someone important in the fashion industry, whether it is as a designer, a magazine editor or maybe even a personal stylist.
Either way, being successful in the fashion industry can be very hard, and very few manage to make it. If you are currently studying a career in fashion, you should know that you need to have more than just good taste and innovative ideas. The fashion industry considers important a lot more things.
For example, the quality of the design program or school you attended. As an industry professional, you have to be familiar with historical trends, the current trends and be able to predict the future ones. You should also be familiar with marketing, advertising, business and technology. Although you don-t have to be an expert in any of those, you must have a general idea about them.
If in your current program you are lacking something that was previously mentioned, then it will be a good idea to change your program and make space for that area that you're missing.
Both associate and bachelor degree programs are good, but a bachelor degree will always be held higher in the fashion industry, and especially in the fashion design field. It does mean spending more time an effort on your fashion school, but without neither of them, you won't get anywhere.
And if you still are not studying but are planning to, you should take your time to decide which school you like the best and apply. But which ones are the best? To guide you a little bit, the following are the best fashion schools in the world.
Parsons, The New School for Design
This school is in New York and it offers programs in fashion design, fashion studies and fashion marketing. Some graduates from this school are Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang. They even hold critiques and workshops with Donna Karan and the Proenza Schoulder duo.
Central Saint Martins
Located in London, it is part of the University of the Arts London. It offers programs in fashion, textile and jewelry design with world-class teaching staff and international fashion figures. Some of its graduates are Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith and Christopher Kane.
This institute is split in three campuses, one in the amazing city of Milan, and the other two in Paris and London. The school offers courses in fashion design, fashion business, fashion buying, brand management and fashion promotion. Franco Moschino and Dominico Dolce are graduates of the insitute.
Ecole de la Chambre Sybdicale de la Couture Parisienne
It offers courses on fashion design and technique, world-renowned couture classes and baccalaureate programs. It offers the cheapest tuition fees among the best fashion schools. Among the school’s alumni are Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and André Courreges.
This are just some of the many great fashion schools that you can apply to. Before choosing one, you should always analyze them and do some deep thinking, then you can choose the best one for you. If you get into one of them, that's great, but there are plenty others with great programs too.
When you get into a school, or if you already got into one, there will always be so many work for you to do. Being busy is part of studying a career, and though it may be a little bit stressing, on the long run it will cil you with knowledge you didn't have before.
But one thing that many students don-t do and sometimes is crucial to get a job after you graduate is getting and internship. Internships are super important, but many students don't bother on getting one because they are too busy. But these are the three main reasons why you need one:
* An internship will help you identify your career path. They'll help you know if you are fit for a certain job and if it is your true passion or interest. Many times, an internship will foster the conclusion that the career agh you'd chosen is not what they expected.
* Nowadays, competition is very steep, and obtaining a real world work experience like an internship will enable a student to become a more qualified candidate when the day of applying for a real job comes.
*An internship can help you build connections within a certain career field. A professional network is truly invaluable in today's job search. When starting a job search, it is important to know that around 80% of jobs are found through networking. So an internship is always one of the best ways to start meeting new people that might give you a hand in the future.
Those are some very good reasons right? Well, hopefully you will consider having an internship now.
And if all of this is still not enough for you, well then let me tell you an advice that the Anna Wintour –if you don't know who she is then you probably are not fit for a career in fashion– told to the students in Central Saint Martin for when they graduate.
“Go get a job,” Wintour said. “Whether it’s working as a designer or working in a restaurant and then doing your own thing in your own time, it’s a reality of life. In the end it’s going to be helpful to you and so many others.” And once you’ve established your brand, don’t sniff at mid-season collections. “The basic truth of the matter is that 80% of what sells in the stores are the mid-season collections: resort and pre-fall. So when you’re ready, don’t ignore it, because it’s going to be something that will help you pay the bills.”
You heard her yourself, it may be important to do what you love, but if that still is not possible, you have to get a job that will help you pay your bills. Anyway, what you need to have in mind the most when you are studying is to give your 110%. It really is the most basic advice. Because even if you fail, you know you did everything you possibly could, though it is almost a guarantee that if you fully give yourself to your dream, you are probably going to succeed.
Abdul Bari Chanessra