When the majority of people come in contact with the word ‘fashion,’ the things that might come to mind are Avant Garde runway styles, Lady Gaga, and Project Runway. Those not involved in the industry do not truly understand the hard work and education effort required to achieve success in the fashion world, let alone on Project Runway.
I have been interested in fashion for my whole life, and have been working on my sewing through costume design for different theatre groups. After much research and hard work, I decided that fashion was what I wanted to pursue for my career. When I was accepted to college to study fashion design, the reactions of my peers were surprisingly negative. It was always assumed I would go to a law school or study a traditional ‘scholarly’ topic in college, and when I told people otherwise the reaction I often received was; “Oh that’s nice, good luck with that.”
Most people don’t understand the amount of effort, time, and research that goes into being a successful design student. Several fashion design students in my program wound up changing majors because they realized liking fashion was simply not going to be enough. The fashion department in my school requires the greatest amount of credit hours out of any major. The fashion department buildings are open 24 hours a day, and fashion design is the only major at my school that can drop students. Needless to say, we were taught very early on that the fashion industry is an extremely tough one.
Despite all of these obstacles, studying fashion design has been extremely rewarding. I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life, and I’ve changed the minds of those who doubted me in the beginning. Fashion design has given me a new view on the world and a new appreciation for everything around me. I’m constantly seeking inspiration in the strangest places, and it’s taken
me places I never thought I would have been, both literally and figuratively.
Being successful in the fashion industry is a feat in itself, but to survive as a student designer, especially in a struggling economy, can be nearly impossible. However, what my fellow designers and I have learned is that you can’t let anything stop you if clothing design is truly your passion. I’ve learned to take everything the world has thrown at me and channel that energy into my designs.
Being a designer is more than just liking fashion; it is a view of the world you hold with yourself every single day.
To my fellow designers on SocialAttire; thank you for sharing your unique dress designs with the world. With your talent and passion, I am confident you have the drive to make it in the world of apparel design.
Never stop designing,