Do you dream of a career in fashion design? Do you sketch your ideas for apparel, sew your own clothing creations, or style your friends and your own fashion looks? If so, there may be a career in the fashion design field in Massachusetts that is just right for you!
Fashion designers create apparel for men, women, and children, both looks for every day wear, and creations for evening, as well as work attire and beach and resort looks. They design jewelry, gloves, hats, scarves, footwear, handbags, and more! It is a fast moving industry, because the look that is in today will be out tomorrow, and it is always important to stay ahead of the next trend.
Fashion design does not have any regulations regarding certification or licensure, giving you more freedom as to when you are ready to start your fashion design career. Although licensing and formal training aren’t required in this field, going through a fashion design program can still be beneficial to your career. A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program gives you the chance to develop a portfolio and get contacts in this industry.
People in the fashion industry work hard, often starting out as interns and doing whatever is needed or asked of them. They work long hours, especially during the lead up to runway shows or fashion week. But it is an exciting, sometimes thrilling world. At its upper levels it is made up of celebrities and big-name design stars as well as socialites and other well known personalities who associate with the glamorous world of fashion. Would you like to be part of this world? Well, it is possible! Fashion design programs differ in emphasis by school, but most all of them teach certain basics. The history and chemistry of textiles is among the subjects usually taught along with fashion design, apparel production, fashion history, merchandising and marketing strategy, product development, business practices, and consumer behavior. Many schools now emphasize sustainable practices and socially conscious methods of production.
Massachusetts fashion designers earn an average salary of $73,510 , according to O*Net (2016). There are many other related careers you may choose to enter in the fashion industry, such as retail sales, merchandising, and buying. People just starting out in the industry are likely to earn less than people with a number of years experience.
Fashion design is a broad field and there are many directions you can choose to go in. If you have your heart set on fashion design per se, you will most likely start out as an intern (paid or unpaid) or an assistant to an established designer. You will be called upon to help out in whatever capacity is needed, from draping and fitting fabrics and garments, to sketching ideas, to meeting with clients. Many people enter the fashion design field by working in retail sales. There, they get an opportunity to function as stylists, helping customers select garments and accessories for particular looks or occasions, using the merchandise in their store for inspiration. Some of the larger department stores hire fashion design experts as personal shoppers. These individuals work by appointment with specific clients helping them put together attractive looks. Other people in fashion design specialize in merchandising goods and apparel, arranging them in attractive displays that capture the eye and the wallet of the customer. And buyers fly to major fashion and runway shows all over the world, selecting what they think is likely to be the next trend for their store to reproduce and sell on a mass scale. Some fashion design specialists work in museums, curating the museums clothing exhibitions or restoring aging textiles that are of historical importance. In short, there are many areas within fashion design that offer job possibilities, and even more will become apparent to you when you are enrolled in a fashion design program. So, if fashion design is your passion, consider enrolling in a fashion design program in Massachusetts. Use our school listings to request more information today!
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