The other day I posted a photo of a young design student from Centro Design School in Mexico City. Â I said that it was nice to see a student that actually looked like she was interested in working in the fashion business.
Well, Â that ruffled a lot of feathers (or fabrics).
I received several emails protesting that a student’s hectic work schedule doesn’t allow “looking good” to be high on his or her list of priorities.
It seemed a lot of you were hurt that I just didn’t understand how tough it was for overworked fashion design students.
Sorry, I understand completely because I lived that life 25 years ago.
Above is a top collar that I hand Stitched in a tailoring class (I would show you the finished suit but Mom threw it out !!;( ) Â I too spent countless days and nights in the sewing lab just like fashion students today.
However, I wish the 45 year old me would have given the 20 year old me this advice….To be a successful fashion designer, it’s not all about what happens in the design studio.
You have to learn something about how to manage a business (especially since most designers start their businesses balancing between being the designer, accountant, press agent, etc), how to articulate your design concept and how to personally embody the spirit of the brand you hope to build.
Do you think Karl ever says “I’m too busy/tired to look like Karl today?” (And before you say “oh he has massive numbers of people helping him” believe me, he is more busy than any design student.)
Most design schools don’t do a great job teaching this reality to students so you can put off until after you graduate to start learning these other skills and habits, but why wait? Â Start manifesting these skills/habits now.
At least challenge yourself to start personally embodying the spirit of your design aesthetic; Karl looks like his designs, Giorgio looks like his designs, Raf looks like his designs. Â It’s not easy, but neither is the fashion industry.