I have been extremely lucky—I have met many people and took advantage of a lot of opportunities that have been nothing but beneficial. From blogging, to styling, to internships, to modeling—I can honestly say that I am truly blessed and through all the experiences I am sure that this is the field that I want to spend the rest of my life in; I really like what I have worked with so far.
For anyone planning to go into this field and wants to align their college studies with their fashion dreams, I can only give out tips from someone who has been there and who is still quite ‘there’.
- Claiming a major/minor related to this field
MAJORS/MINORS (Sacramento State University)
–Theatre (performance for modeling; design and tech for costume design)
-(Family and) Consumer Science
I personally am an Apparel Marketing and Design major with a theatre minor, emphasizing on costume design. You should choose the best majors/minors/coursework to reflect what you eventually want to do. It also helps to start/participate in your campus’s fashion club!
Always look for your town’s fashion week (such as Sacramento Fashion Week)—the organization behind it might be holding openings for internships! You can also try local boutiques and designers to see if they would like interns. Also, look for blogging internships like DatebookSacramento.
Places like Macy’s also has internships.
If not an internship, it wouldn’t help to get some experience in retail working for a clothing store such as Forever 21.
Aspiring models can look into student photographers and fashion shows for experience and to build your portfolio.
For CSUS students, SFA does an amazing job with finding internships and industry connections!
I have helped out at Article Consignment Boutique after doing some work with CSUS’s Student Fashion Association. From there I’ve helped out with Launch Events. Through cosplaying, I have found Carlyfornia and started doing some modeling for her.
- Fashion Blogging
No matter what direction you want to take your career in the fashion industry—designer, model, stylist, buyer—you should have a fashion blog. Its visible proof to the world that you’re aware of what is going on in the industry—what is trendy, what is selling, what is going down the runway, etc. Whatever your focus is in fashion, blog it! I highly suggest using WordPress to host your fashion blog because it’s the most professional, but I know other people use Blogspot (the second most popular host I’ve seen for fashion blogs), LiveJournal (not a lot of people anymore), and Tumblr (I hardly see any serious fashion blogging done here—its more social media than blogging).
Using blogging site my be confusing at first, do don’t be afraid to consult Google with your questions! WordPress even has videos explaining how to blog on their site ^_^
With my blog, I like to cover trends to show that I understand what is selling in the fashion industry—very important when I want to be a designer and want to make a living off of it. I also cover things I enjoy and I don’t just post pictures—I want my readers to know I have a personality. That I have a perspective. I want people to know that I have opinions and original thoughts in my head—I’m not here to regurgitate articles from VOGUE. If you wanted to read a VOGUE article, you’d read the magazine—not my blog, right?
My final piece of advice I could give is to try everything once—if you’re like me and you want to be a designer, you also have to be a stylist, a business person, you have to understand models, and what is good/bad in fashion photography, a seamstress along with a designer. I truly feel you need to understand the business side of how things sell the photography side of how clothes will look on film, the styling part to know how to put clothes together, and the modeling side to know what a person is capable of showing an audience to make sure your garments are presented to their great potential. Along with sewing and drawing I need to know a lot more than just designing to be a designer. I need to understand everything. Even if you don’t want to be a designer, to know how garments are created and how the designer works with everyone else is important.
In the end, though you need to follow your heart and make the decisions that you think are right—maybe these tips are helpful. Maybe you think I don’t know what I’m talking about. As long as you have an opinion and can branch off of that and have a drive in this industry, I say go for it.