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When we think about fashion, we think about flashy clothes, bright lights and frighteningly tall models - but that’s not all there is the industry. Fashion requires a dedicated team of specialists to produce the clothes we all wear and admire. It draws on talented people from all kinds of backgrounds and if you’ve got that creative passion, it just might be the industry for you!
Fashion is all about the intersection of art and business: fashion needs to be not only beautiful, it also has to sell. You’ll need an eye for trends and an experimental streak to produce the very best in fashion.
There are a varied number of roles in fashion, and some require specific degrees while other do not. For the most part, experience and demonstrative work is the key to finding a job in fashion, so you had better put together a portfolio!
Fashion is ultimately about serving customers, but different roles will have different levels of interaction with customers. Tailors will be directly working with customers, for example, while a designer may - for the most part - work with people in the industry. Consider your own personality and what would suit you best. Whatever role you take, you’ll be working with others, so make sure you’re comfortable working as part of a team.
Fashion is a competitive industry with lots of different sectors. You could look for a job in menswear, womenswear, sportswear or accessories (among others).
If you’re less interested in designing clothes yourself, there are also careers in the modelling side of the industry.