After Fashion School: Top Qualities of a Fashion Designer

Becoming a fashion designer is a demanding pursuit in such a competitive industry. Fashion design jobs are coveted and only a few attain the success they seek. If you are considering becoming a fashion designer, you’ll want to know what it takes to succeed in industry and fashion school. You can begin to gauge your qualifications based on whether you have any of the following qualities, and whether you can achieve them.

Fashion knowledge – Knowledge of today’s hottest trends is an important piece of the fashion industry. Knowing the trends- good, bad, or indifferent- is important. In addition you should have a decent knowledge of current, top designers.

Creativity – Fashion is an art like any other. In addition to a love of fashion, it is important to exercise creativity in your use of it. Creativity is a trait that you must already possess; fashion school can help you creatively expand on the many layers of the fashion industry.

Originality – Having your own personal style is one thing, but being able to construct a style all your own is another task all together. This requires creativity in addition to originality. It is alright to use other people and aspects of the industry for inspiration, but you need to be able to create looks that are new and exciting.

Technical skills – The most highly skilled designers have an exceptional balance of artistic vision and technical skills. This means that in addition to being able to imagine designs, they are then also able to construct them. These skills can be learned in fashion school or through a fashion apprenticeship. In this case, the more you know about sewing ahead of time, the better.

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