Monday, May 18, 2009

Internships and College: What Fashion Job Category is Best for You?

You like the clothes, read the magazines, and subscribe to blogs. You are a self-proclaimed fashionista, obsessed with all things fashion. If you’ve decided a career in fashion is your calling, but you don’t know exactly what you want to do, take a look at the following categories. See which fits your talents and dreams.

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So, you think you want to be a designer? If you have vision and sketching is your thing, invest in a lot paper and pencils, and an education from schools such as FIT, Parsons, FIDM, and others. It’s a tough life for a designer. Breaking into the fashion world is difficult, let alone for an aspiring designer. If you truly believe in yourself and your work, stick to it.


A career in manufacturing involves the process of turning the fabrics, trim, etc. in the finished product. Jobs in this category can involve choosing fabrics, sewing, or managing. A career in manufacturing can often be very hands-on. Basically, you’re responsible for turning an idea into reality.

Buying and Merchandising

As a buyer you’re often responsible for deciding what to purchase from a wholesaler so you can place it in stores. Sometimes it can involve predicting emerging trends and examining which items are selling (versus others). Merchandisers work with promotion. They have to figure out what looks best in-store to visually enhance promotion. Buyers and merchandisers may often work together to determine what to place and how to place it to increase sales.


If you one day hope to read your writing in the pages of Vogue, Elle, Lucky, or another magazine, an editorial job is for you. Editorial jobs can also include editing responsibilities or graphic design. This is well suited for people with a creative eye.

Marketing/Public Relations

If you’re a social individual and don’t mind networking, a career in marketing or public relations might be for you. This career path involves branding, advertising, and generating publicity for a product, company, or fashion house.


If you know how to strut your stuff, modeling may be in your future. You need to know how to work your body both in front of the camera and/or on the runway. Responsibilities include being a muse to your photographer and being absolutely fierce, hahaha.


A photographer knows how to use angles and lighting to enhance a photograph. If you think you have this vision, a career as a fashion photographer is for you. Build up a portfolio. Strive to be a little different but interesting, and maybe you’ll one day see your photos gracing the pages of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar.

Have any questions about specific jobs in these categories? Comment or e-mail me, and I’ll try to help you out to the best of my ability!

What job category seems most appealing to you?


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