Many young people dream of a career in this creative industry. Maybe
your interest started when you made DIY clothes for your Barbie dolls.
And then styled them for your daily in-house fashion shows (or was
that just me?). Or maybe your passion for fashion came later in life,
flicking through Vogue magazine or becoming addicted to shows
like Gossip Girl and Project Runway, which gave you
a sneak peek into this intriguing industry and all it has to offer.
But rising to success in this business can be tough. It's very
competitive, and not as seamless as Lauren Conrad's privileged
journey. So here are some steps to help you land your dream job, and
how TAFE NSW can get you there.
First things first – yes, fashion is stylish and exciting. But lots
of hard work and dedication is required. Stunning masterpieces,
whether on a boutique rail or a runway, are made of blood, sweat and
tears. There will be some unsociable hours when you're stuck to your
sewing machine and sketches, or long days running around studios. So
be prepared for the flavourless parts of this industry. With that
said, if you can handle a little labour and stress, then the end
reward is highly worth it.
Okay, so you know about the not-so glam side of a fashion career. But
do you have the right skills to move forward?
Creativity and artistic talent are vital, complimented by the ability
to draw. It's useless having brilliant concepts if you can't get them
on to paper. Strong visualisation skills will help you bring your
creations to life using raw materials, while understanding textures,
colours and fabric qualities. Having an eye for detail could be a game
changer as this can make your pieces stand out. Success in most
careers relies heavily on communication and teamwork – so make sure
you're a team player with the gift of the gab when required.
Fashion is fun! And people working in the industry are passionate and
creative, which makes for an awesome atmosphere. Another benefit -
seeing your visions and dreams come to life. TAFE NSW Design Graduate
Jessica Van can vouch for
this, as her awesome work was showcased at both New York Fashion Week
and Australian Fashion week 2016.
So how do you aim to be on top of your game? Start building your
portfolio and online presence as soon as possible. Showcase your best
work so far, whether it's your creations from school, or drawings you
sketched in your bedroom. If you rate it, add it to your portfolio.
Keep it current and be aware of trends. If you need help, have a look
at our Fashion
Design Portfolio course.
TAFE NSW is Australia's leading vocational education and training
provider so we definitely have a course to suit you. Our Sydney Fashion Design
Studio has been ranked #23 in the world, and has produced many
amazing household names, such as graduates Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmermann and Lisa Ho.
If you're not sure which field of fashion you're passionate about,
explore our range of courses in fashion
and textiles, merchandising, clothing
design and printing and retail.
We have strong industry connections and some of the best teachers in
the business. So studying with TAFE NSW could help you land that
precious internship. Then just watch the doors open to endless opportunities.
Now is the time to unleash your creativity and follow your fashion
dreams. Believe in yourself and you could be the next big name in fashion!
Download our free Fashion Course Guide here.