About Industry

In this section, you'll find articles about the fashion industry: how to create your portfolio, prepare for and master the interview, and other advice for how to become a fashion designer.

How to Make a Fashion Portfolio

Many fashion design students and entry-level apparel designers make the mistake of filling their fashion design portfolio with all of their favorite fashion illustrations, or photos of garments they've made, but that won't land you the job. Read full article to learn how to make a fashion design portfolio that is designed for success!
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Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion Design

WHY DO I NEED TO LEARN THEM?: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are two of the most commonly used CAD (Computer Aided Design) software programs in the fashion industry due to their versatility and affordability. In fact, it's rare to encounter classifieds for fashion designer jobs that don't list Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as requirements.
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Preparation is Key

What You Need to Know to Master the Interview How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 9 ) So all that resume and cover letter preparation paid off – you’ve scheduled an interview for that company you’re dying to work for! If you’ve been following our “How to Become a Fashion Designer” series, you […]
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Look Good on Paper

Writing a Resume and Cover Letter That Will Get You in the Door How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 8 ) The resume is your marketing tool that will sell employers on the idea of interviewing you. Even if you’re an ideal candidate for the position, if you don’t look good on paper, […]
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Setting the Course

Decide Where You Want to Go and Develop an Action Plan to Get There How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 7 ) So you want to be a fashion designer, right? You might be applying to different fashion schools, already in school, about to graduate, or maybe you already have your first job […]
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Fulfilling Your Vision

Becoming Your Own Fashion Designer How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 5 ) I know some of you may have been disappointed by the realities we exposed in our “How to Become Fashion Designer” article. Our apologies, but we had to destroy the bliss of naivety to spare you from many rude awakenings […]
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Learning the Lingo: Fashion Terms

When it's time for that big job interview, don't get thrown off-guard when an interviewer uses a fashion industry term you don't know. Make sure you're familiar with the common apparel industry terms listed below.
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What is Fashion Draping?

And Why Should Apparel Designers Learn How to Drape? What is Fashion Draping? Fashion draping is an important part of fashion design. Draping for fashion design is the process of positioning and pinning fabric on a dress form to develop the structure of a garment design. A garment can be draped using a design sketch […]
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Fashion Skills 101:

Important Skills that Fashion Schools Don’t Cover Nearly Enough How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 3 ) In fashion school, most of your time was spent learning how to hand draw fashion illustrations, draping, sewing, and apparel patternmaking. While these are certainly good skills for fashion designers to have, they aren’t very practical […]
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How to Become a Fashion Designer

Creating a Competitive Edge in the Fashion Industry How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 1 ) Here you are, about to enter the real world with your fashion portfolio full of stunning design illustrations and a head full of hopes. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that glamorous perception […]
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Break It Down

Fashion Industry Career Specializations How to Become a Fashion Designer ( Part 1 ) Coming straight from fashion school, you might be thinking that as a fashion designer, you’ll have the opportunity to work with all types of apparel. But what you may not know is that generally, the fashion industry is split into categories, […]
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Something For Everyone

Careers in Fashion Industry So you want a career in fashion, but with so many different fashion careers to choose from, how will you know which path is right for you? Do you see yourself designing apparel for people to wear? Maybe you enjoy sewing and love making clothing that fits beautifully, or perhaps you’re […]
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