Becoming a Fashion Designer

Becoming a Fashion Designer

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The complete guide to the fashion industry, featuring interviews with top designers who explain the intricacies of the world of fashion design Anyone who has ever tried to launch a fashion design career knows how grueling it can be. The fashion industry is a highly prominent field, yielding a competitive environment that is greatly guarded, secretive, and difficult to infiltrate. Becoming a Fashion Designer provides all the information, resources, and tools you need to help you navigate these obstacles and successfully launch a career in fashion design. Of the various job opportunities available in the fashion industry, the career path of a fashion designer consistently ranks as the most popular position in the field, making the competition even greater. The book pays special attention to this and demonstrates several ways in which an aspiring fashion designer can stand out from the competition. A dynamic and comprehensive career guide, this book imparts insider tips from top fashion designers and executives based around the world.
Expert advice includes an introduction to a career in fashion design, educational requirements, career opportunities, the design process, portfolio creation, preparation for getting hired, steps to start and run one's own fashion design business, as well as a forecast of the future of the fashion industry. * Features original interviews from top designers and high-profile fashion executives, including Ralph Rucci, Reem Acra, Peter Som, Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, Kay Unger, Stuart Weitzman, Dennis Basso, Randolph Duke, Zang Toi, Pamella Roland, Robert Verdi and Daymond John * Includes cases in point and insider tips throughout * Includes illustrations, drawings, sketches, and photographs demonstrating various aspects of working in fashion design, with special contributions from renowned illustrator, Izak Zenou and legendary fashion photographer, Nigel Barker * Offers in-depth resources to assist you on your journey to becoming a fashion designer Whether a student, recent college graduate, industry professional or career changer, you'll learn everything you need to know to successfully develop a fashion design career.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 191 x 233 x 16mm | 642g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1118143825
  • 9781118143827
  • 1,269,039

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Becoming a Fashion Designer answers these key questions:

What do fashion designers do? What are the educational requirements for a fashion designer? What does a fashion design internship involve? How does one become a fashion designer? How does one launch his or her own fashion collection?

Here is the completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in fashion design--a clear and concise survey of the fashion design profession and advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and insight from leading fashion designers and industry executives, as well as current fashion design students and interns, it covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to finding a job, building a career, and launching your own fashion collection.
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Becoming a Fashion Designer is the definitive resource for learning how to navigate and succeed in the competitive world of fashion design and is written from an industry insiders' perspective. Numerous interviews from legendary fashion designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Ralph Rucci, Reem Acra, Anna Sui, Peter Som, and Stuart Weitzman provide important insights and invaluable advice.

Drawing on her years of experience working for top designers and as a fashion journalist, Lisa Springsteel explains everything an aspiring fashion designer needs to know, including:

Choosing a collegiate educational program Turning an internship into a full-time job Creating a portfolio and résumé that command attention Landing a job in fashion design

In her Foreword, fashion designer Nanette Lepore writes, Becoming a Fashion Designer is so valuable because it chronicles how we as designers made our big mistakes and where we seized our most vital opportunities. Our stories can help you avoid the setbacks and seize your moment. This book can also reveal the most imperative lessons for success, including how to survive when things aren't going well and how to behave when they are. In fact, I envy you. I wish I had these insider tips when I was just starting out. But now that you have all the information and resources you need from Becoming a Fashion Designer, the pressure is on you to step up and fulfill your dreams. Now it's your turn. Are you ready to become a fashion designer?
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Table of contents

FOREWORD vii by Nanette Lepore PREFACE ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv 1 An Introduction to a Career in Fashion Design 1 What Is Fashion Design? 4 What Do Fashion Designers Do? 32 History of Fashion Design: Then and Now 59 The Worldwide Fashion Industry by the Numbers 76 Embracing the World of Fashion 87 Finding Balance 109 2 The Education for a Fashion Design Career 111 Choosing a Collegiate Educational Program 111 Undergraduate Education 112 The Value of Internships 128 Studying Abroad 136 Postgraduate Education 137 Continuing Education 138 3 The Job Market 141 Determing Your Design Specialty 141 Personal Branding 152 Portfolio Development 155 Creating a Resume that Pops 166 Networking Your Way to a Job Offer 171 Tried-and-True Job Search Strategies 176 Perfecting the Job Interview 180 Negotiating the Job Offer 201 4 The Fashion Design Process 207 Conceptual Development 208 Patternmaking 211 Sample Creation 214 Finalization, Presentation, and Hand-Off 215 5 Launching Your Own Fashion Collection 217 Writing a Business Plan 218 Choosing Type of Ownership 218 Defining Your Brand 223 Protecting Your Designs 231 Creating Accounting, Budgeting, and Bookkeeping Systems 236 Hiring Employees, Contractors, and Interns 237 Developing a Marketing Plan 239 Establishing a Sales and Order Fulfillment Strategy 251 6 Strategic Business Trends in the Fashion Industry 261 Outsourcing and Globalization 261 Corporate Social Responsibility 262 APPENDIX 281 Professional Organizations, Associations, and Councils 281 Fashion Industry Networking Websites 283 Professional Networking Websites 284 Social Networking Websites 284 Professional Trade Publications 285 Online Portfolio Websites 285 Color and Trend Forecasting Companies 286 Broadcast and Cable Television Programming with a Fashion Theme 287 Full-Feature Movies with a Fashion Theme 288 Documentaries with a Fashion Theme 289 Major Fashion Magazines 290 INDEX OF INTERVIEWS 293 INDEX 295
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About Lisa Springsteel

LISA J. SPRINGSTEEL is a twenty-year veteran of the fashion industry who has worked for luxury design firms such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, and apparel powerhouses Phillips-Van Heusen and Limited Brands in a variety of capacities, from fashion design to global fabric sourcing, research, and development. Her experience extends to the media world, where she covered New York Fashion Week runway shows, interviewed top designers, and wrote numerous magazine and newspaper articles on fashion, beauty, and health. She has been featured in the Sean Combs MTV documentary, If I Were King and on America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.
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