Kashiff Khan Insights on Fashion Education
The fashion industry is flourishing, and so is the demand for fashion education. As the fashion industry’s scope and scale have expanded dramatically in recent years, students have begun to seriously consider it as a potential career option.
Entering into the murky world of fashion is challenging and there is no golden ticket to make it big here. Be it modeling, styling, designing, working in a luxurious salon, boutique, studio, or even reporting on fashion trends- every role in fashion needs you to understand the industry from the technical aspects before you start working in fashion.
The fashion industry is always moving at a breakneck pace. When you factor in a shaky economy and not to mention the huge financial burden of education, the value of a traditional degree becomes a moot point. So, is it worth it? Or, more importantly, will a degree in fashion make it easier to jumpstart your career in fashion?
Some people take a very DIY approach to fashion, have never attended college, and go on to become successful in the fashion industry. However, if you look at the bigger picture, significantly more people have gone to college to study fashion or one of the other art or design disciplines in the past.
Going to a fashion school will give you a significant period in your life where your main focus is to study, experience and experiment with fashion. This is an opportunity for your knowledge, skills and confidence to grow with the right space, time and support to dig in and find out who you are, what you are good at and what you want to do. It is also the time to meet lots of like-minded people, and also people very different from yourself who might turn into valuable lifelong friends too.
Fashion school also allows you to make contacts that could help you advance in your career. Work on and maintain those connections because they could be your future colleagues and contacts. In fact, by the time you graduate from college, you will have carved out a niche for yourself in the market. In any case, being around other creative people in college stimulates your creativity and allows you to explore your talent further.
The fashion industry is in an interesting state of flux. While education provides a distinct starting point, students must actively participate in all aspects of their course and take advantage of networking opportunities.
It is always also a good idea to network with professionals in person. Editors, designers, creative directors, and stylists are among those who frequently speaks at universities. Make a point of showing up and introducing yourself. You could also seek assistance from your tutor in locating internships.
Aside from education, industry placement might be crucial to your fashion career path. This is where students obtain valuable professional experience and create valuable connections. Placements can be more useful than ditching the fashion dream in favour of a more lucrative career.
Of late, the rise of social media has opened up the once-close-knit fashion industry to the world. As a result of this growth, the appeal of fashion as a career choice has increased, and more students have opted to pursue fashion education.
While university fees have shot up, social media has simultaneously solidified itself as a more viable alternative to more traditional educational paths – possibly even rivalling the latter in terms of viewership and industry ties.
So, if social media is free and can provide both audience and access, does it mean fashion degrees are obsolete? After all, despite not having studied fashion, designers and stylists succeeding and prospering in the industry isn’t just ancient history.
There are many talented people out there accomplishing incredible things, which they publicise on social media, who may believe that education isn’t for them, and that’s fine. Different approaches suit different people. A truly excellent fashion education, on the other hand, can provide you with the required tools to leave your impact on the world. Simply being ‘on trend’ isn’t enough.
Ultimately, that’s what this comes down to. So much of success in fashion relies on individualism, in finding, honing and presenting your own ideas to the world. As a fashion student, you’ll discover what it means to be unique, stylish, and edgy for yourself, as trends and what’s in style shift from season to season and year to year. You’ll discover how to get the industry to clean up its act and move toward more sustainable business models.
Nothing can predict success, whether that’s a piece of paper from a prestigious university or knowing what hashtags to use on Instagram.