Seek Complete Fashion Guidance From Fashion Designers Book

A good fashion designers book is one of those things that every fashion enthusiast must own. Not only can a good book introduce you to the best of the latest style collections in the most appropriate and systematic way, but it can also help unleash the creativity in you. A good book does not only teach, but it also helps you realize what your aspirations are and what you can do to make your own style statement.

While selecting a fashion book, it is a good idea to make sure that it contains the kind of stuff that matches your needs and tastes. For instance, if you are mostly into casual wears, then there is no point in buying something that deals with formal suits and ties. A good idea in such cases is to instead check the famous magazines and see how much you like them. If the magazines are too expensive you can keep a watch out for garage sales, etc, where you can get second hand magazines at really cheap prices.

For the more serious learner, however, it is a great idea to opt for something that is less commercial and teaches style more directly and seriously. Find out about the books that designers in fashion prescribe for their students, since they make great options.

Also, once you have purchased a fashion designers book, take adequate care to keep it well. Do not do away with those books just because you are tired of seeing the same things again and again.

Collect them and store them away if needed, because there is quite a good chance that someday in future you would want to dig them out again and refresh your memory with the same things you got tired of earlier!

How to Become a Successful Fashion Designer

If you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?

In getting your fashions out there here are a few things you can do:

1. We are not usually good at everything some of us are great at designing clothes but lack the sewing and pattern making skills. It is here you can partner with someone who shares your passion for fashion and has the skills you lack. It is in the bringing together of different skills you can create a real product that can be showcased.
2. In having a fashion line of 14 outfits you can apply to your local fashion week. In the USA: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have fashion weeks. These fashion weeks attract many editors, journalists and local socialites who will see your fashions and potentially give you the exposure you need to get known.
3. Many city night clubs hold fashion shows, find out what night clubs hold fashion shows and contact them as to how you can be apart of an up and coming show.

4. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store. You will be amazed at how many store owners are willing to work with you. I walked around San Francisco in the Nob Hill district and had my fashions placed after visiting and discussing my product with four boutiques. In having your fashions displayed you will receive valuable insights as to whether or not your designs are in demand and if you need to change your designs to increase sales. It will also give you free exposure to the public. When your fashions do sell you can present this to investors who are more than willing to invest in your line, when you prove the existence of a strong demand for your fashions.

How to Get Into Fashion School

Regardless of the fashion design course you want to study, there will be three main criteria which you will be judged by and allowed into a fashion school.

The more prestigious schools reject baseless claims in appeal letters like “I have a passion for fashion” or “I am brimming with creativity”. But most admission staff will see for themselves by looking through your portfolio. The requirements of entering fashion schools are usually simple – you have to be a high school graduate with at least three passes; have a passable level of English communication skills to understand lectures; and a portfolio to show that you are capable of keeping pace with the class.

More details on the three basic entry requirements for fashion design schools:

1) High School Qualifications
Good grades in high school are only needed in more prestigious schools. But if you are willing to learn in private fashion schools, satisfactory passes will be fine. Important subjects to score in are your language skills (especially English) and art subjects.

Although most fashion schools judge their potential students based on portfolio, good grades in every subject reflects well on you. Students with good grades are usually viewed as attentive and dedicated.

2) Satisfactory Language Skills
You will need a good command of English to understand what your classes are about. Theory exams will usually be conducted in that language too, so having strong language skills will help you pull up your grades in these areas.

If you plan to take up fashion design courses in countries like Japan or Korea, you will need to take up language courses in Japanese or Korean as those will be your medium of instruction.

Most international fashion schools around the world conduct their lectures in English.
International businesses around the world use English too. Being good in English can also help you read many informative fashion books to guide you along the way. Having fluency in this language will definitely benefit you as a future fashion designer.

3) Your Design Portfolio
This is probably the toughest of the three requirements to build. Your portfolio will prove your capability to conceptualize, draw and design. It shows the skills your overall ability and potential as a designer. Portfolios that display good designs and those with assignments done for real companies will give you good entry opportunities.

To get started, read up as much as you can about fashion. Go online, search through libraries and talk to friends who know something about fashion. Or you can read my tutorial on how to build a fashion design portfolio.

Once you have designed around three or five pieces for your portfolio and assembled it together, send the soft copy to the schools of your choice and apply for your dream course!