Hey bro, Im aiming and trying to be a fashion designer. Any tips you can give me? I know your not necessarily studying fashion but I beleive you got some good tips.

Sometimes fashion designing sounds like a dream job, right? Unfortunately, it can also be one of the hardest professions to get into. However, with hard work, it can be done. There are many types of fashion designers. Some work for themselves, others work at normal commercial brands. Remember that fashion design has many areas, you can sell for brands in retails or buy from brands in merchandising. Dont hustle to hard to be a designer because those jobs are limited to mass production. You have to want this so hard that you eat, sleep and breathe design. There are many loopholes in the business, just research them, dont wait to be contacted! look for emails and take a risk. rejection helps build character. 

#  Keep a research journal. Also write what type of fashion each company makes.  These are called “fashion categories”.  Some examples of categories are: footwear, accessories, junior wear, and career wear. Decide what category interests you the most.

#  Start a style file or portfolio with pictures of that type of fashion. If you want to add sketches, that will only add to your notebook. Make a list of companies or brands in that category, as well as your favorite and most inspirational designers. A blog also helps, as long as it is original and laid out well.

#  Keep fashion inspiration. Buy a simple cork board and paste, pin, and tack inspirational fashion pictures on it. Put it up somewhere where you will constantly see it, like your bedroom or a ‘studio room’ if you have one. Buy some folders and file fashion magazine clippings or computer print outs in it. Subscribe to fashion magazines like Vogue or Teen Vogue and stay on top of the latest trends. Keep a little book of fashion cuttings in your bag or purse. If you’re constantly surrounded by fashion inspiration, the ideas will come flooding in. But remember - don’t ever copy a fashion piece. Just be inspired to create your own.

#  Take an art class in drawing and sketching. Learn to draw drapery, to understand the flow of fabric (how it drapes). You’ll start to notice the dark areas in the folds, and the lighter highlighted areas. If you can find a class that draws people or “life drawing”, take that too. If you can’t draw real people, start drawing from photos. Use tracing paper to trace over the pictures of fashion models. Then slim then even more and elongate them for dramatic effect. Also learn about color, and mixing color. Know what colors look good together and how color groups are assembled. Focus on drawing actual fashions, and perfecting drawing bodies.

#  Get a mannequin that you can pin fabric on, or drape to make designs to see how they would fit a body. Draping is another word for covering, dressing, or hanging cloth in loose folds. You can learn about this in a sewing class, or through a fashion school or program. Also, if you want to enter a fashion design college but you aren’t the greatest at making sketches to add to your portfolio, it’s always acceptable to just pin clothing you have designed and sewed onto your mannequin and take pictures of it.

#  Learn to sew clothes. Take a sewing or dressmaking class. Study the patterns and become familiar with sewing pattern shapes. Sew for real people (like family and friends) so that you get familiar with body shapes and fit. Also learn about fabric. Know what fabrics are made from (silk? wool? cotton?) and how they are woven (velvet, twill, satin). Know which types of fabrics are best for each of your designs (stiff fabric, drapey fabric, sheer fabric, etc).

#  Make clothes for other people. You will learn a great deal about dealing with a customer and fitting the human body in all its variations (tall, short, petite or large). You can also charge money for your work.

#  Learn about fashion trends. Visit web sites such as to see what colors are going to be in fashion. Also try to predict what fashion will be popular in the future. you must be innovative no matter what people are doing, past trends create future ones.

# Learn how fashion is sold. Is it being sold in stores or online?  What are the major department stores? What stores sell the category of fashion you are interested in? Also learn about “targeting your customer base.”  This means knowing the type of person who will buy your fashions.

#  Get professional training. Many places have public colleges or trade schools with excellent fashion training. Research it. See if schools in your area have a program in fashion. Plan to spend at least 1 to 2 years in any fashion design program. Don’t feel that you have to spend a lot of money to get this training.

#  Seek an internship. Ask your teacher or instructor about this. An internship in Paris or at a design house in NYC would be a fantastic opportunity.

#  Portfolio and Resume: When you graduate, you should have a portfolio of your best work.  Usually these illustrations are of the one category that you are interested in finding a job in. A good portfolio should hold all your sketches and then you will be able have an interview and showing your designs to the interviewers. A good size for a portfolio is 14” x 17”.

#  First job. Think of your first job as ‘graduate school’. You won’t be the head designer yet, but you might work for him/her. It will be hard work, long hours, and lots of exciting times. As you work, you will move up the career ladder, working at many positions and gaining valuable industry experience. A professional designer has huge responsibilities, and only a seasoned one qualifies to take on those tasks.

#  Sketch and design. Start at home by sketching down some of your clothing ideas on a piece of paper and keep them in a special folder or sketch pad. Keep editing it until it’s just right and explore with colors. Be creative, sketch daily, and watch who out for new talent. 

This isnt a precise science, you can work for zara or mcqueen but know your niche and chase it. 

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