Fashion, fashion, fashion. If the topic makes up more than a few of your conversations, then you’ve probably dreamed of running a fashion show or being a Fashion Consultant. It’s a competitive industry, but don’t let that deter you. With a degree in fashion merchandising and some experience, you can make your dreams come true.
And it’s easy to get started. Simply read this article and then check out some of the schools listed to find a fashion merchandising major that’s right for you.
Before you can accessorize that Model or mannequin, expand your knowledge of fashion by enrolling in a fashion merchandising program. You’ll learn about different fabrics, ways to put together a look, and who the major players are in the fashion world.
But there’s more to the fashion industry than eye shadow and heels. There’s a business side that requires you to know about trends, economics, budgets, computers, design practices, and marketing techniques. In addition to taking classes that cover these topics, you’ll also learn about how cultures differ in their fashion philosophies.
To earn your associate’s or four-year degree, scour campuses in your area, consider moving to a fashion-forward city (such as New York), and evaluate programs that offer an online fashion merchandising degree.
Take every opportunity to chisel your skills in the industry. Find entry-level positions creating displays at the retail level, work behind the scenes at a fashion show, or snag an internship with a Fashion Designer.
For other opportunities, consider becoming a Personal Shopper or a Fashion Consultant. You could work with a Wedding Planner to advise the bride and groom about tuxedos and dresses for the wedding party, or become a Department Manager for your favorite Designer or retailer.
Careers You May Like
Make sure weddings go off without a hitch.
Call out rapid-fire bids during art, antique, or private auctions.
Purchase the goods a company needs for the best price you can negotiate.
Ship in the best wines from abroad to distribute locally.
Supply restaurants or shops with selections of wine.
Locate and buy works of art for clients.
Choose and purchase the items a fashion retail store will sell.
Decide what goods a retail store will sell, and how they will be marketed.
Acquire goods from wholesalers or manufacturers to sell at retail stores.
Fill a retail store's shoe racks with the trendiest footwear.
Track down and purchase specialty foods for wholesalers.
Serve as a middleman between art sellers and buyers.
Provide advice to clients for their specific purchase requirements.
Coordinate a product's journey from planning to distribution.