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Career in Fashion: What You Need to Know

  • Career Prospects

  • Choosing A Course

  • Training As A Professional

Career Prospects

A career in fashion doesn’t mean that you’re confined to fashion design only, the industry is bursting with opportunity.

Opportunities and career prospects in the fashion industry can mean anything from fashion design to merchandising, fashion journalism or professional fashion styling.

Fashion careers often start small and grow from there, graduate opportunities are available in the form of internship and mentorship programmes where students can build up experience in retail and the inner workings of the fashion industry.

Fashion graduates have gone on to successful and exciting careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Purchasing for major brands, Fashion Journalism and Fashion PR and Marketing.


Choosing A Course

When considering a career in the fashion industry you should research all of your options before choosing a course.

The best courses are those which offer the most diverse and practical training in the areas that interest you. If you’re not sure what area of fashion you want to focus on make sure you choose a course that offers students options and doesn’t limit you to only one discipline.

Consider the type of student support programmes and work placement opportunities available to you during our course of study as these will be invaluable assets to you when you complete your study and explore employment prospects.


Training As A Professional

Becoming an accomplished professional in the fashion industry will require training in various areas including styling, design, merchandising and writing.

For example for a career in any aspect of the industry you will need to learn to research the latest fashion trends and industry terminology, apply various fashion styling techniques for different events or clients, build a portfolio and network within the industry.
Formal practical training in a reputable fashion programme taught by industry professionals is a great way to put your best foot forward into the industry, make contacts and learn insider tips and tricks.

Practical industry internships and work placements provide some of the best training opportunities for aspiring professionals. Through work placement programmes you will be able to learn on the job from the best in the business and gain experience which will stand to you through your own professional career.


  • Making Money

  • Fashion Stylist & Designer Kits

  • Best Fashion Books

Making Money

Expected salaries for a career in fashion will vary from different areas of the industry.

The million dollar paycheques that the biggest names in fashion take home may not be a realistic starting point when it comes to salary expectations for new careers, but they are something to aspire to.

Starting out a career in fashion will often mean you will have to work at a number of unpaid internships and work placements but these will stand to you.
Most established fashion designers and industry working professionals can expect to earn somewhere between €30,000 - €50,000 a year but this figure can vary from business to business and from role to role.


Fashion Stylist & Designer Kits

Fashion designers and stylists require a number of different tools in order to carry out their day-to-day training and work.

Designers require work benches, and various tools including:
Metre sticks, curved rulers, set squares, fabric scissors, measuring tape, calculator, pencils, rubbers and notebooks and folders to display work to name but a few. They will also need electronic programmes including Fashion illustration software.

Stylists require the use of models and lots of contacts in various retail stores to gain access to clothes for stylising purposes, they also will need the following:
A camera to record your work, sharp scissors, double sided sticky tape to attach fabrics and trims, old magazines and clothing catalogues, mounting boards, pins, metal paper clamps, safety pins, masking tape.

Anyone working in the fashion industry must also be knowledgeable about a wide range of different fabrics and comfortable using a sewing machine.


Best Fashion Books

“When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I found it fed me more.” Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 

Every budding fashionista needs a healthy collection of inspirational reading to help get the creative juices flowing, so we have put together a list of the top ten must read fashion bibles for every aspiring fashion professional.

1. Chanel Luxe - by François Baudot and Françoise Aveline (set of three books)

Assouline’s updated trilogy expresses the spirit and heritage of the house of Chanel, from Coco’s revolutionary designs to Karl Lagerfeld’s present innovations. This set includes three Mémoire volumes: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume.








2. Manolo's New Shoes by, Manolo Blahnik and Suzy Menkes 

A collection of Manolo's coveted shoe designs, arranged according to the designer's passions (including art, history and architecture). Includes contributions from Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune and Grace Coddington, Creative Director at American Vogue.








3. In Vogue: The Illustrated History Of The World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine By, Alberto Oliva and Norberto Angeletti 

A compelling look at the evolution of Vogue from struggling society journal to one of the most powerful fashion symbols in the world. Includes iconic covers and shoots by Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz and more.

4. Harper's Bazaar Greatest Hits By, Glenda Bailey 

Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey presents some of magazine's best and most outrageous celebrity shoots spanning a decade of glamour and chaos, including Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah in Africa, Agyness Deyn honouring Michael Jackson and much more.








5. Fashion Illustration By Fashion Designers, By Laird Borrelli 

The likes of Christian Lacroix, Sonia Rykiel and Yves Saint Laurent display their creativity in 280 stunning sketches.

6. GUCCI: The Making Of, By Frida Giannini 

A tribute examining the origins and influence of Italian fashion giant Gucci featuring anecdotes, essays and archival and contemporary photographs.

7. PRADA, By Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli 

Collages of iconic bags and shoes and a photo-essay by renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe are just some of the delights contained within this comprehensive study of Prada's art, fashion and architecture over a 30-year period.

8. 100 Dresses, By Harold Koda 

A stunning display of 100 gowns from the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and many others.

9. Valentino - A Grand Italian Epic, By Suzy Menkes, Matt Tyrnauer and Armando Chitolina 

A suitably glamorous homage to Valentino's illustrious career, comprising sketches, documentary photography, newspaper archives and interviews with 20 of the designer's closest friends.

10. Galliano, By Colin McDowell

An engaging and strikingly personal tribute to the life and works of John Galliano, featuring exclusive sketches, designs and show plans from the designer and over 200 photographs.


  • Creating A Lookbook

  • A Day In The Life Of A Fashion Stylist

  • A Day In The Life Of A Fashion Designer

Creating A Lookbook

A lookbook is a collection of photographs and images which displays a fashion designer’s collections, assembled for marketing purposes.
Fashion Designers put together lookbooks to showcase their creations and designs and it acts as a public platform to display new collections to the public.

Lookbook are very powerful marketing tools and can help create business by getting people excited about new collections. The best lookbooks will spark enough interest about the clothing that people will be enticed to check out a designer’s website or store.

When creating a lookbook you must create a vision about what they want to convey about their collection and what messages they want the public to take from the book.
Consider the location, models, styling, props when developing a concept and pay attention to detail to ensure you have the most unique result.


A Day In The Life Of A Fashion Stylist


A Day In The Life Of A Fashion Designer