We've been really busy here at The Fashion Careers Clinic with the launch of our exciting new short course for 16-18 year olds. The 2 day Fashion Career course is based on my book: How To Prepare For A Career In Fashion and is aimed at those who have an idea that they might want to get into fashion one day, but need more info and advice on the different roles and options available to them.
Both of the courses we ran at the Fashion & Textile Museum during the last few weeks were fully booked and we met some really enthusiastic students, most of whom were studying for their A-levels and wanted advice on which courses and subjects to focus on next. The first day of the course focused on giving an overview of roles in the creative sector (including design, trend forecasting, styling and fashion show production), then more business focused sectors such as fashion PR and marketing, journalism and buying. The day ended with an overview of roles in the often overlooked technical sector, including pattern cutting, production and sewing.
We had the help of some amazing industry insiders who came in to give talks to the students about what it's really like to work in fashion, via Q&A sessions. These included Nafisa Tosh, a sample machinist who has worked with many top fashion houses, Luke Foy who runs his own fashion show production company, and Lisa Taylor, ex Design Director/Buying Director from Warehouse, Marks & Spencer and Karen Millen. We were also joined by Aoife ni Chofaigh who is an accessories designer with Accessorize, our very own Jo Eaton who shared her experiences of working in fashion marketing, and Dimitri Stavrou, Production Assistant at Roland Mouret. Thanks to all of these people, who were very generous with their time and hugely inspirational!
Day two of the course was spent discussing methods of finding fashion work experience, CV development and creating a personal action plan for each student. Again, there was a Q&A session, this time with a student from the London College of Fashion, James Cameron (thanks James!) who was able to give our students an insight into what being a fashion intern is like.
As I mentioned earlier, there were some very enthusiastic students on the course, not to mention talented ones. Some of the students interested in journalism or styling already have their own blogs, and one I particularly like is Nude on Broadstreet by Olivia Ward Hands, which shows a really good eye for styling and presenting images well.
If you're interested in exploring careers in fashion and would like to sign up for one of the next courses (they're free!), just visit the website of the Fashion & Textile Museum for more details. If you aren't based in London and want to find out more about careers in fashion design, styling, buying, PR, marketing, pattern cutting, makeup artistry, trend forecasting, fashion show production, visual merchandising or garment production, take a look at the book the course was based on. How To Prepare For A Career In Fashion is available here
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