Use this Summer to Jumpstart your Fashion Career
Do you want to become a fashion designer or currently a fashion designer? While everyone else is basking in the sun, prepare yourself for greatness and learn the skills you need to succeed. Here are some helpful classes and tips to jumpstart your fashion design career and to stay on top of your fashion game this summer.
1. Know the basics! Draping, Sewing and Pattern Making are a must for any designer!
When working in the fashion industry you may not actually be required to perform any of these tasks on the job, but you do have to understand what is involved. Learning the basics of these skills will help you become a better designer and better candidate for any job.
While sewing may seem daunting, its actually really fun! You can get your hands on an affordable home sewing machine from anywhere between $100 – $300. Here are some machines on Amazon : Home Machines
If you are just starting out, you will not need an industrial sewing machine which can range from $700 – $2,000. I have been sewing for years and I still use a home sewing machine!
Take a class at your local sewing school. For those of you in the NYC area Brooklyn Stitchery can be a great place to get started. See what they have to offer for adults and kids!
2. Stay on top of technology! The computer is your friend.
Learning computer programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are a must for your resume! Even if you are starting your own company, these programs will make you a more efficient designer! Adobe has a free trials if you are looking to get your feet wet: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html
For more comprehensive study, www.TheFashionProfessor.com takes you steps by step through how you can use Adobe Illustrator for the fashion Industry.
3. Lets not forget the ever so important side of Fashion Production & Fashion Marketing!
Brush up on skills like how to choose your fabric, where to produce your product and how to get market your product! Here are some great affordable seminars at The Fashion Institute of Technology happening this summer : http://www.fitnyc.edu/3042.asp
Learning is a constant! “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” -Oscar Wilde