Thomasina R. Legend
With how rapidly the fashion industry keeps growing and evolving into a powerful creative space with inspiring talents taking the industry by storm, many people wonder how to get into the industry and contemplate if gaining a fashion education is essential. We highlight six (6) reasons why going to fashion school is important and how attending can get you into the industry.
Knowledge: The wealth of knowledge you gain when you choose to study fashion is unmatched. You get to learn from academics and practitioners who have a wealth of industry experience and knowledge that will better prepare you practically and theoretically to take on the world of fashion. You will be introduced to the history of fashion, the business of fashion, the tech aspects of fashion, and how important technology is to the growth of fashion in this era. As a student, you will gain more experience in being critically knowledgeable, spontaneous and adventurous in your approach to fashion which is a great experience to attain whiles studying fashion.
Skills: No matter your chosen field of fashion education, be it design, multimedia, public relations, marketing, you name it, you will learn invaluable new skills that will adequately prepare you for a career within the industry. Some of the skills include but are not limited to; creativity and proactivity, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, eagerness to succeed, excellent sewing skills, visualisation and sketching skills, art skills, Communication skills which include writing, time management skills and more.
Connections: The connections you make when you go to fashion school are just as invaluable and essential. Your first point of networking is within fashion school because you get to meet creative talents from different parts of the world that will become the most prominent names within the industry.
Opportunities: Going to fashion school and gaining an education avails you to several opportunities such as amazing internships, mentorship programs, and exhibition opportunities to get your work noticed on an international level. Many fashion institutions have great connections with big brands and fashion journalists from renowned publications that scout for talent yearly, so that could open doors for you and get you seen.
Entry Level: With a fashion-based qualification, your chances of securing that entry-level position of your choice is a lot more feasible. Brands, companies and publications worldwide are creating more entry-level positions to help give graduates opportunities to gain the needed experience within a fashion environment. It isn't easy to get into the industry without a fashion qualification, and having these qualifications gives you the advantage.
A Creative and Collaborative Community: When you attend a fashion school, you become a part of a creative and collaborative community that not only wants to move fashion forward sustainably and productively. But also be a part of a community that promotes inclusivity, diversity, and move the culture forward in your unique way through storytelling and art. That in itself is a powerful statement to want to make as a fashion student. You get to learn from a vast array of creative individuals who are just as passionate as you to want to bring their vision and talent to the industry.
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