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8 Steps to Becoming a Fashion Designer

8 Steps to Becoming a Fashion Designer


Step Two: Get educated.

Is a college degree really necessary to become a fashion designer?

In a word, yes. No matter how talented you are, the fashion world is very competitive and education can make you more appealing than otherwise equally qualified candidates.

Fashion designers typically need an associate or a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Some fashion designers also combine a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially those who want to run their own business or retail store. Basic coursework includes color, textiles, sewing and tailoring, pattern making, fashion history, computer-aided design (CAD), and design of different types of clothing such as menswear or footwear. Coursework in human anatomy, mathematics, and psychology is also useful as knowing the constructs of the human body, as well as how it moves.

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