Hi! I'm Camille and I'm planning on pursuing a career in fashion. I love styling and I would love to choose which products a store should carry. I'd also love to be an editor; I have my own fashion blog. I'd like to know where I could get more experience and a feel for what I want to do as a career. What careers could come out of styling and/or choosing and discussing products? What can you tell me about being a fashion editor?
It's great that you're asking these questions. Becoming a fashion stylist, a buyer for a store, and/or a fashion editor is exciting to think about.
Let me start off with fashion styling. There are many career paths for this type of work. In Los Angeles, it's all about celebs. Whether it's red carpet, magazine editorial, or public appearances, celebs often hire fashion stylists to put their looks together. At FIDM, you can study Visual Communications and learn about styling. Moreover, connections are important in the fashion and entertainment industries. FIDM drives home the point that you must network in this business, and there are ample opportunities to do just that as a student.
As a buyer, you would be responsible for keeping on top of the latest fashion trends, traveling to trade shows, and maintaining close relationships with fashion sales representatives. Merchandise Marketing is the FIDM major that prepares students for careers as buyers.
As a fashion magazine editor, there is some crossover with styling as well as buying. Editors need to know trends inside and out; they must have excellent taste in styling as they are responsible for the fashion well (the section toward the back of the magazine that usually has pages and pages of editorial shots of gorgeously styled ensembles featuring the hottest trends of the season).
If you have a fashion blog, you are already on the right track. You may want to consider getting a job in retail for the summer. It's excellent experience for someone getting in to the fashion industry.
You may want to contact an Admissions Advisor at FIDM. They also offer great tips on what you can do right now to get a jumpstart on your career in fashion.
Good luck to you, Camille!
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