Fashion Design – Everything You Need To Know.

Fashion Design – Let me put you on game.

If you didn’t know, the fashion design scene is going through a huge transformation, with disruptive brands everywhere!

Such as Fear Of God, OFF-WHITE, RHUDE, Amiri, John Elliott, Aime Leon Dore and Pyer Moss, just to name a few. All with one thing in common, no traditional schooling in Fashion.

You might ask “what does this mean”? Well, it is now possible to become a “successful” High-End Designer without any traditional schooling or training.

Exposing the possibilities that anyone can start a brand. And that’s just what people have done – flood gates have now been opened with fashion brand after fashion brand by various entrepreneurs around the world.

This has become the Wild Wild West of brand creation. Evenmore, we still have more growth!      

Furthermore, if you’re anything like us, you want to stand apart from the rest. But how?

This guide on Fashion Design will equip you with the tools to succeed. The information to stand out.

Gucci 1997 Campaign
Gucci 1997 Campaign

But, before we can, let’s get down to the basics – What is Fashion Design?

Simply put, fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories.

Furthermore, there are two basic categories of fashion design: haute couture and ready-to-wear.  

Designer collections have a higher quality and finish as well as an unique design. They also represent a certain philosophy and are created to make a statement rather than for sale.  

Fashion Week London
Fashion Week London

We can’t get busy without knowing the Types of Fashion Design, because there’s many!

Additionally, It’s best we understand the types of design so we can find our inspiration and stand out.

Ready-to-Wear – made for the general market and sold through stores rather than made to order for an individual customer; off the rack.

This would include those low, low budget screen print companies you see advertising to you on instagram.

Alice Barbier & js Roques
Alice Barbier & js Roques – @jaimetoutcheztoi

Haute Couture – expensive, fashionable clothes produced by leading fashion houses.

Above all, brands of such would include, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Maison Margiela etc. You know that bougie shit.

Carl Lagerfeld

Mass Market – The market for goods that are produced in large quantities.

Infamously known as Fast Fashion. H&M, Uniqlo and Forever 21 would fit into this category.

Pyer Moss

So now, after learning what fashion design is and/or the types. It’s time to learn – How To Become a Fashion Designer.

Step 1 – Complete a Fashion Program.

If you have the time, money and or patience, attend fashion school. If you are like most, and feel school isn’t for you, attend a trade school or find an apprenticeship. Anything that can help accelerate your knowledge will be beneficial for you.

Step 2 – The 10,000.00 Hour Rule.

You have to practice your craft, at all times. Not just when it feels right. The only way you will be successful as a designer is if you put in the time and effort.   

Step 3 – Business of Fashion.

This is critical to you success – mastering the business side of fashion. It’s important you understand how money flows into you business and most importantly how money flows from your business.

Your success as an designer will be determined on how well you can run a budget and stick to it. This will take discipline, effort and help. So be sure you’re working with trustworthy and credible people.

Step 4 – Build a Portfolio.

Building a portfolio will allow you to showcase your work in a professional manner, highlighting your skills. As well as showing the detailed process of your design work.

Step 5 – Market Research.

Know your customer, I repeat, you need to know your customer. Like the back of your hand.

In today’s world, data is king and the only way we obtain data is through market research.

You need to know who, what, where when you customer is active. What pulls this group to make decisions and ultimately  how you’re going to provide value. Market research is just as important as balancing your book. It can make you or break you.

“How Much Can I Make Designing Fashion”?

Check no further, I got you, I’ve already done the homework. Just for you! We always should be aware of what’s at the end of the rainbow.

According to the Fashion Designer Salary Data website, the average salary range for most fashion designers is between $50,000 and $80,000 a year, which is about $4,167 and $6,667 a month.

Furthermore, most fashion designers earn about $65,000 annually, or $5,417 per month.

Some designers earn considerably more, especially those who own their own successful fashion design company and design clothes for wealthy people and celebrities.

They can easily make a few million dollars each year, or hundreds of thousands a month.

On the other end of the spectrum, entry-level designers or designers who have not had much success might earn $30,000 or less each year, or less than $2,500 a month.

In conclusion, fashion design is a lucrative and challenging job, yet it’s positioned for major renovations.

After leaning what exactly fashion design is, the various types of fashion. As well as learning most importantly how to become a designer. You will be able to position yourself for long term success.

Don’t forget to Stand out!

Nothing is achieved in life without effort.  

Let me know your thoughts. Or what should have I included?

Peace & Love.

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