f you are new to the fashion industry, then you will certainly find the Ultimate Guide to Fashion & Makeup tutorials beneficial. The internet is a wide-ranging resource for information on everything and anything that goes on in the fashion industry. In fact, it is probably one of the best places to look for tips and advice on all aspects of making and owning a fashion boutique. However, you might not realize it. Just as with any other learning experience, fashion schooling requires you to apply what you have learned in your internship.
When I was finishing my education, I found myself spending several months of my spare time each year shadowing and interning with many of the top designers in the business. During this time, I discovered that there are many opportunities in the fashion industry that do not require any sort of formal training or experience. For example, there are two main types of internships that a budding fashion designer can have: an internship at a clothing or shoe store or an internship at a cosmetics or hair salon. The reasons for these internships are obvious: they provide the opportunity to try on all sorts of different clothes and to try out all sorts of makeup and hair products.
However, if you have never completed any sort of fashion training or internship, then applying to work in either of these two industries might put you at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for a position. This is why it is important to learn as much as you can about both of these opportunities before diving into them. I have outlined some tips below that I hope will be helpful when applying for either of these internships.
First, I believe it is important to know that the fashion industry is vast. Just like any other industry, it has its own specific “trends” that fit a particular company or designer. These trends may be widely advertised, but they are rarely discussed behind the scenes. For example, it is widely advertised that designers such as Versace or Dior are now using “Chinese fabric” in their line. The truth, however, is that these designers do not have a Chinese fabric manufacturing facility and are instead purchasing their materials from China. If you have a desire to work in showroom settings, this is a good job requirement, assuming that your internship also provides expertise in this area.
Second, knowing that there are a variety of fashion shows in the world can be helpful. In fact, I almost recommend that you attend one! Showrooms provide an excellent platform to meet with various manufacturers look at their products and discuss what they have to offer. You can also learn about the latest trends and which brands are enjoying strong popularity. However, I recommend that you do not attend just any showroom. Before committing to any showroom, make sure that your internship provides you with an opportunity to visit showrooms where your specific field of focus will provide you with valuable insider information about the fashion industry.
Finally, a few tips about clothing and shoes. Always wear shoes that are comfortable, flat and low maintenance. I remember wearing baggy sweat pants during a summer internship in London and spending two hours on the treadmill wearing the wrong size of shoes. It was awful!
Last, consider investing in fashion internships that are run by established companies. The major fashion industry is big business and many of the top companies in the world spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on advertising and promotion. This investment is not just for brand building; it is also to ensure that young up-and-coming designers get a solid foot in the door. Internships run by established fashion companies are likely to offer higher pay and more stability than those operated by amateurs. The downside to such an internship is that it might not provide you with enough exposure to earn a major paycheck.
That’s my list of tips for the fashion industry. There are lots of other things to learn, but if you follow my advice you’ll be well on your way to making it in this wonderful industry. Fashion is definitely a vast area and I would encourage any young person starting out to invest their time and energy into learning as much as possible. You will make a lot of contacts and it’s definitely worth it. So learn as much as you can, get your foot in the door and build up your experience!