By Isioma Usiade
Fashion is a much bigger business than it was a few years ago, and the beauty of it is that whatever area you wish to pursue, you can be sure that there is a market for it. Most people delving into it always target the creative aspect with dreams of becoming the next big thing on the runway. However, as with any other business, you cannot go into it blindly. It’s a good idea to clearly understand what you want to accomplish with your chosen career. Here are a few ideas to begin the journey and words of inspiration from true fashion creatives to get you rejuvenated and realigned.
You need to be Creative.
To succeed as a fashion designer, you have to be creative. Be known for your aesthetic. This could be your style of sewing, use of fabric, or design. Just be unique in your way.
Originality at its peak
Draw your vision from your idea. Being original is what makes you stand out among the crowd. Sometimes your style might take time to be understood, but that’s precisely what makes you different from others when your design is specially traced to you alone.
As a fashion designer, you need to build self-confidence. Being confident in what you do is the number one key to success. You should be confident in your designs and always display and wear them with pride.
You don’t need to be an expert sketcher.
Thanks to technology, you can use software programs to create designs. While drawing skills help, you do not need to be a professional artist to be a fashion designer.
Know your craft
A clear understanding of shape, texture, form, and colour design is key.
Build an Industry Network
Invest in fashion industry networking. Continue to meet industry professionals; staying connected with designers, manufacturers, and suppliers is important. Attend fashion events and stay current with fashion news.
Passion, drive, and Enthusiasm can go a long way.
You need to love what you do and be determined in other to stand firm in the fashion industry. Sometimes your efforts take time to bear fruit, so you need the drive to keep pushing till you get there.