Do you seek a career in a fast-moving, constantly-changing industry where keeping up with the latest trends and styles is a necessity rather than an option? Are you willing to put in long hours and hard work, and go through periods of extraordinary effort to realize a goal?
Does fashion in all its combinations and permutations fascinate you and absorb your energy? If you can answer yes to these questions, then a career in the exciting fashion design industry in Kentucky just may be a good career choice for you.
The world of fashion design requires plenty of skill and talent, but there’s little specialized equipment involved and there’s little chance of someone being harmed. As a result, the field of fashion design isn’t regulated in Kentucky. You may work in this field without any formal training or experience, but you may still want to attend an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree program to build your skills and a portfolio.
To work in Kentucky fashion design, the first step is comparing the course offerings of programs in your area. To work for Fortune 500 companies, or start your own brand, you should have fundamental skills to develop and present your work to peers and business decision makers. From basic illustration to construction methods and fashion marketing skills, you should look for as many learning outcomes as you can to be successful in the world of fashion.
Kentucky fashion design classes:
- Design studio projects
- Sustainable design
- Fashion research
- Textile related courses
- Shoe design
Fashion designers in the state of Kentucky earn a median income of $64,030 (O*Net 2016). Of course, your income will depend upon several factors including where you work (the state, the segment of the industry) and your years of experience. While the career outlook for this field is expected to remain steady between 2012 and 2022, Kentucky welcomes fresh ideas and fresh faces that will leave a mark on the fashion industry!
The fashion design and apparel industry is broad and offers an array of jobs. You may work in a retail environment, such as department store, where you may sell apparel and also function as a stylist, selecting fashions for clients for various occasions. You may also be involved in merchandising apparel to make it look as attractive and enticing as possible. You may work as a buyer, traveling to fashion shows around the world to select new items that you will have reproduced to sell at your store. If you work as a fashion designer, you will probably start out as an assistant in a fashion design house, doing whatever tasks need doing. You may need to handle fittings as well as cutting and sewing fabrics, draping materials, and meeting with clients. Chances are you will switch tasks frequently throughout the workday, and put in long hours. One woman who has worked to raise awareness of fashion design and fashion designers in Lexington has been Soreyda Benedit Begley, an artist and fashion designer who got her start in her native Honduras. At age 14, she was working in a sweatshop. She later met and married American anthropologist Christopher Begley, and by 2008 she had runway shows in New York and Atlanta. With a partner, she established the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, and she is designing for many local celebrities. Soreyda is proof that fashion design is alive and well in the Commonwealth of Kentucky!
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