Volunteer Work Can Expand Your Network

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    “Volunteer work can expand your network too and is a more natural way to build up your contacts. Volunteering to help out friends at photoshoots and fashion shows will get you into conversations with other designers, models, photographers and other like-minded people.” – @IAm_Samata. Read more in the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book, Chapter 4: Finding Your Feet.


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    Being Yourself In The Fashion Industry

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    “Designers in the fashion industry want to stand out and make a name for themselves, but whilst striving to be unique many find themselves losing sense of who they really are, or at times pretending to be someone they are not. There is no norm for who you should be, the industry is full of eccentric characters, some forcing this eccentricity, some just falling naturally into that box. I remember being in the hallways at the London College of Fashion and hearing a girl walk past in a group and she said ‘I just seem to be so different from everyone else here,’ and I said to myself ‘that’s a good thing’; I wonder if she knew how lucky she was.” – @IAm_Samata. Read more in the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book, Chapter 4: Finding Your Feet.


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    Putting Together Your Own Collection

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    “The end goal for all designers when creating a clothing collection is to create one which is consistent with the clothing label’s image and one which will sell – to be both ‘c’s – creative and commercial. For a designer working for a fashion house the clothing is developed to guidelines set by the Creative Director, Head Designer or senior designers to fit that particular fashion houses’ design brief.” – @IAm_Samata. Read more in the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book.


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    Almost Every Designer In The World Dreams Of Having Their Own Fashion Show

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    “It is the ‘show and prove’ moment in front of an audience of your peers, buyers and media, and it takes planning, organisation and of course money! You cannot decide to do a fashion show just because of the flashing lights; in reality, shows are expensive and pointless if you do not have the finance or infrastructure to support them properly. Yes, runway shows can get you great exposure and press but, at the early stages of your career, when you calculate the cost (of models, hair, make-up, guests, food, drink, venue, lighting and sound for example) it may not be the most feasible way to go.” – @IAm_Samata. Read more in the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book, Chapter 8: Showcasing Your Work.


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    Keeping Costs Under Control

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    “Save money wherever possible. For example, you do not need to hire a huge hall or to print out fancy invitations for all of the guests if you do not have a large budget. Instead, try contacting your college or a local theatre and see if you can negotiate something for an evening when the space is not in use and make it look beautiful.” – @IAm_Samata. Read more in the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book, Chapter 8: Showcasing Your Work.


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