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New in fashion education

What’s new in Fashion Education?

People who follow The Fashion Crowd (TFC) on Twitter will know that – among other topics – there’s a strong focus on Fashion Education. This is perhaps no surprise, as TFC rotates around education, young designers, who they are, and mentoring on how to make it in the industry. So what’s new in Fashion Education? What’s going on, and what do people talk about? The powerful fashion portal The Business of Fashion (BoF) lately published a survey about Fashion Design students in the UK. Whereas they were over-all happy with the education itself and the tutors, many felt that Career Service was letting them down, and that they didn’t have enough training in business to enter the professional world and make it there. The post was the introduction to launching some free courses in business, marketing etc. by BoF, which are structured in a comprehensive way and come in the form of concise and comprehensive articles. Because the thing is that online education is a boiling hot topic that many people have started looking into either …

In fashion you never stop learning

In Fashion you never stop learning

When I speak about education and learning, I don’t take for granted that you’re very young, and still need to require basic skills in the given area. Quite on the contrary, actually, I assume that you’re a smart person, who, regardless of age and skill set, is eager to learn new things or keep yourself up-to-date. This is an all-together different type of person compared to a Freshman, because in fashion you never stop learning. Therefore learning and acquiring new knowledge and skills shouldn’t be considered some sort of lack in our professional preparation, but rather our fighter instinct and passion shining through, and driving us towards new goals. And, contrary to the idea that some day, you will ‘know the necessary stuff’, life is teaching us a lesson (in the true sense of the word), as different phases in our lives call for different abolities to handle them. While we’re still children, we forced to make some choices about what subjects to study at school. Later, this turns into an existentialistic choice about the …

Studying fashion design abroad - Nanjing Road Shanghai

Studying Fashion Design abroad

I’ve often been met with the question from future students in Fashion Design, of what was the best city for studying fashion design abroad. To this, there’s of course not one right answer. I can tell you about my own experience. When I was young, I chose to study in Milano. Being from Copenhagen (Denmark), to me Milano was everything, Copenhagen wasn’t; it was warm, glamourous, exuberant, elegant, and a freaking lot of fun. This, to me, when I was 19 years old, was very inspiring (and actually still is). Probably it was closer to my natural style and persona, and therefore I was vey attracted to it. For me, studying fashion design abroad in Milano was one of the best choices, I’ve made in my life. I just loved the place, and it was the beginning of a long and happy career in fashion. Therefore, based on my own experience, I would always advice people to study, where they feel inspired and can relate to the place, its people, and lifestyle. It has to …

how to get an internship or job in fashion

How to get an internship or job in fashion

It’s summer holiday – or with other words; time off from school or work. It’s also the time of the year, where students look for an internship, newly graduates for their first job or placement, or if you already work and just wish to change job, for the next opportunity. With more time than normally to think about your career and future in fashion, right now is a good time to make plans and consider your next step in how to get an internship or job in fashion. The other day I spoke to a young fashion designer from Israel, who recently moved to Switzerland, and she asked me how to get an internship or job in fashion. Normally this is something your previous school will help you with, if they have a Career Service department, but if you have moved to a different place, where your previous institution isn’t well-connected, you’re on your own. Other times, your university may not have luck in finding you a placement, or it doesn’t happen quickly enough for your …

how to prepare for a future in fashion

How to prepare for a future in fashion

The future has always been unknown, and considering how fast things happen today, it certainly still is. I have often been asked by young students on how to prepare for a future in fashion, if studying fashion was a good choice, and what city is the best for a fashion degree. Of course, I don’t hold the answer to any of these questions, but after 15 years in the industry, I start to have an idea about, what could potentially work. If studying Fashion is a strong choice? Well, I can only say that it may not be as good a guarantee as studying law, finance, IT or odontology, but I still believe that the strongest choice will always be studying, what you love. Always. If you do something, you don’t feel totally and utterly passionate about, you will always and only be mediocre at it – no matter how hard you work. And considering that you will perhaps have to do this for many, many years, doing something you love is a really good investment, …

New fashion capitals Shanghai

New fashion capitals

In our global world, it has never been easier to discover, communicate with and trade fashion goods from all corners of the world. The Internet, social media and online retail platforms make the choice very wide, and – due to distribution – goods are delivered worldwide. Competition may be very hard, but the opportunity is there for new designers, new businesses and new business models. The ever famous fashion capitals as London, Paris, Milan and New York are seeing new fashion capitals from all over the world claiming their own fashion weeks with local designers and creating quite a buzz about the novelty. Nothing in the whole world can ever replace Paris; enchanting, dark, sensual, Paris, but the new entries are indeed very refreshing. So how do these newer cities actually go about earning their right as new fashion capitals? A lot of things have to be in place. First of all there shouldn’t be a historical tradition of being a fashion country – otherwise, quite logically the place wouldn’t be new. Secondly there should …

writing a CV for fashion

Writing a CV for fashion

A CV is an abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae, and is submitted to work places together with a cover letter (or covering letter or application), when you’re interested in a placement. A CV (or resume) is a brief summery with some details about yourself, together with a chronological list, of what you’ve done in your life, in regards to education, work and other achievements. So what are the important things to keep in mind, when writing a CV for fashion? I don’t think, it’s ever too early writing your CV, as it means being serious about your career. I remember some students thinking, it would be a bit silly writing a CV for fashion after just one year in university, as there was hardly anything to write. This I can understand, but I would still recommend it for the following two reasons: first of all, it’s the usual document you hand in, if you look for an internship or other collaboration, and secondly, as a young person and perhaps a student, nobody expects you to have …

How to get an internship in fashion

How to get an internship in fashion

Internships, stages, work experiences – different words for the same thing: working while you’re still studying, or when you have just graduated. So when is the time to get your first internship? Now. When is it too early to get your first working experience? Never. When are you experienced enough to have something to offer? Always. How to get an internship in fashion? Read on and start looking for it. I will never cease to repeat just how important, I think it is to transfer the knowledge you have from the classroom into real life. And I don’t think it’s ever too early to start. I have taught a lot of 1st year Fashion Design students – some as young as 17 years – and what I recommended all of them to do in the summer holiday was to go looking for a working experience. Because the ones, who did, returned after the holidays as different people. Gone were the young and unprepared kids – back were the fashion designers of the future with new …

you have as many hours in a day as Beyonce

You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce

‘You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce’. The statement was written with a simple black pen, and without any attention to layout or graphic appeal. Around it were three more comments, and judging by the message and colour of the pen; written by other people. Those comments were about how privileged and supported Beyonce has always been by her mother, father and plenty of housekeepers. The point to be made here was, how lucky and privileged Beyonce is. As you probably realize, these are the exact opposite points of view. What I would like to emphasize is not the justification of her success thanks to other people that more than one person evidently had felt like making, but the message in the original statement. Because no matter how you turn it around, and what excuses you find, we all have just as much time as Beyonce. Therefore, if she could obtain great success, so could we potentially. This is exactly why many are provoked about the message. Because we realize that we …

What is great fashion education

What is great Fashion Education?

In my life as a Tutor and Programme Leader in Fashion Design, I’ve often been asked the question of how important a good education actually is. I have only one answer to that: very! But what is great fashion education? What should you look for? A good fashion school will prepare you with the necessary skills, knowledge and working processes, which you will use when you start working. It will be structured in a way, where each brick being laid builds on top of the previous one according to the level you’re at. At the beginning it will most likely start with some basic drawing and easy pattern cutting, and towards the end culminate in your own fashion collection presented as a portfolio or fashion show. This is relatively standard, and I reckon that most schools – regardless of the quality – will have structured their course this way. But this is also where the similarities end, and below are written 5 key points to answer the question of what is great fashion education. They …