How do I become a successful fashion designer?

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I am currently studying fashion and textiles as one of my a level subjects and history of art. I would like to continue studying fashion in university and my ultimate goal is to become a successful fashion designer. What would you be the next steps to achieving my goal?
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I am currently studying fashion and textiles as one of my a level subjects and history of art. I would like to continue studying fashion in university and my ultimate goal is to become a successful fashion designer. What would you be the next steps to achieving my goal?
Hiya!! I'm currently a Fashion Design student hoping to one day develop my own brand, so hopefully I can help! Firstly, studying Fashion and Textiles at A Level is a great start as a lot of sixth forms/colleges don't teach fashion based A Levels! If you want to get into a University to study Fashion you may want to start thinking about your portfolio! Most Universities will ask for an interview and portfolio.

Making a portfolio doesn't have to be difficult and I'm sure your current teacher will help you; all you need to do is cleanly display some of your work and the development that led to it. Include lots of different skills if you can, although it doesn't matter if there are some things that you're not so good at (illustrations, garment construction, garment development, knowledge of materials, photographs, printing). There are lots of examples of University interview portfolios on the Internet. You also need to be able to talk about your work, processes and influences. You might want to sit down and look through your portfolio once it's finished and practice talking about each page.

Once you've gotten yourself a place in University your next steps might include:
  • Finding your own style (most designers are known for one particular concept, technique or style - what's yours?)
  • Practice techniques - find out what classes you'll take at University and practice them yourself! Such as drawing, sewing and pattern cutting. If you already take similar classes as part of your A Level, challenge yourself outside of school to work on more advanced stuff
  • Research - find designers that you like
  • Make a sketchbook of inspiration - these don't have to be designers, often it's most helpful to gain inspiration from things that aren't related to fashion at all!


Once in University, you might want to start thinking about internships to help you apply skills in the industry.

Good luck! Studying Fashion is absolutely fantastic, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask XX
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Hiya!! I'm currently a Fashion Design student hoping to one day develop my own brand, so hopefully I can help! Firstly, studying Fashion and Textiles at A Level is a great start as a lot of sixth forms/colleges don't teach fashion based A Levels! If you want to get into a University to study Fashion you may want to start thinking about your portfolio! Most Universities will ask for an interview and portfolio.

Making a portfolio doesn't have to be difficult and I'm sure your current teacher will help you; all you need to do is cleanly display some of your work and the development that led to it. Include lots of different skills if you can, although it doesn't matter if there are some things that you're not so good at (illustrations, garment construction, garment development, knowledge of materials, photographs, printing). There are lots of examples of University interview portfolios on the Internet. You also need to be able to talk about your work, processes and influences. You might want to sit down and look through your portfolio once it's finished and practice talking about each page.

Once you've gotten yourself a place in University your next steps might include:
  • Finding your own style (most designers are known for one particular concept, technique or style - what's yours?)
  • Practice techniques - find out what classes you'll take at University and practice them yourself! Such as drawing, sewing and pattern cutting. If you already take similar classes as part of your A Level, challenge yourself outside of school to work on more advanced stuff
  • Research - find designers that you like
  • Make a sketchbook of inspiration - these don't have to be designers, often it's most helpful to gain inspiration from things that aren't related to fashion at all!


Once in University, you might want to start thinking about internships to help you apply skills in the industry.

Good luck! Studying Fashion is absolutely fantastic, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask XX
Thank you so much this was really helpful
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