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Making a career in fashion work for YOU.

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I found these beautiful images this morning on Miss Moss and they really struck a chord with me. I am a MAJOR sucker for vintage print/patterns in fashion and ALWAYS have been. Six years ago this month I started my career in the fashion industry. It has been a wild ride, with ups, downs and a few "interesting" people along the way...to say the least!!  I get a lot of emails from girls in fashion or art school asking me how I make a career in this crazy industry we like to call "fashion", work for me. My answer is always find an aspect of the industry that really speaks to YOU.

Lets be real shall we? Most of us that went to art school for fashion design aren't too terribly awesome at paper work or excel or production, cause we are simply more right brain, creative people.   I don't speak for everyone, BUT I confess that I am definitely one of those people.  I was so frustrated for years doing design spread sheets, emails to overseas and color comments.  One day it just hit me and I was like "I HATE this and I really SUCK at it!!!!"  It forced me to take a look at my career and ask the hard questions like "What do I really like about fashion anyway AND what am I good at??"  My answer honestly was print and pattern.  I always admired the print artists I had worked with for years and finally admitted to myself I wanted to be one.  So two years ago I started gearing my portfolio to speak to that.  It's been a lot of work, but I am happy to say that I am much happier now with my current job. Of course there will always be things that aren't perfect and I would love to do more fashion illustrations, but I made the leap into more of what I wanted to do in the industry and that is the first step. 

So to all those awesome girls out there in fashion who hate their boss, cry in the bathroom at work and keep dreaming of something better, start asking yourself RIGHT NOW what you really like to do and don't be afraid to really go after that. The answer could be tons of things..trend forecasting, illustration, styling, or EVEN doing that same paper work or production stuff for a company that has product you support and feel connected too! Start working on your passions after work, talk about it with your friends, or take up old hobbies you used to love. It may even mean you need to go to night school for a bit or weekend classes, but wouldn't that be all worth it... to make yourself feel BETTER?

Okay I will get off my soap box now.  Have a killer weekend and work on doing things you love!!!


Lady D

Reader Comments (3)

Love this post....I fall into the spreadsheet and emails part. This means there really is job for me out there. YAY! I am taking a creativity and innovation class right now and I have truly realized how uncreative I am with things....however I get inspired easily. :)

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

Well said and fantastic advise! Have a happy holiday!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKhristian A. Howell

so inspiring!!!! Maybe there is hope for me in the fashion industry after all.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

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