If you are passionate about fashion and want to pursue the designer career, there are a couple of things you have to do before you will be able to see your clothes on a catwalk. Ahead of starting the real fashion education, you should practise and develop some manual skills. The basic ones would be knowledge of fabric, excellent sewing and decent drawing technique. If you have already acquired those, let me tell you a bit about fashion degrees and specialisations. Most of them are 3 or 4 years long programs, but shorter courses are also available. Typically, the first year of education covers drawing, pattern making, colour and composition.
Which school should I choose?
The best one, of course! Bachelor programs in fashion design are available at many universities, but not all of them might be worth attending. Fortunately, from top 10 fashion schools in the world, four are located in the UK. Already for many years, on the top of all rankings is Central Saint Martins in London. On the second place, according to the Fashionista magazine, is London College of Fashion, although it doesn’t rank that high in other rankings. The second best in the Business of Fashion’s ranking for 2016 is Kingston University (London), with Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts following.
Which college did the top designers graduate from?
You can also make your decision based on how many great designers graduated from the college you’re about to attend. If you have your favourite artist(s), you can try to follow their steps and pick the school they’ve graduated from. For example, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton and John Galliano have studied fashion design at London’s Central Saint Martins. Alexander Wang graduated from Parsons School of Design located in New York, US. Another New York school, Fashion Institute of Technology, produced such names as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors or Rossie Assoulin. Whichever tactic you choose, whichever school you pick, the most important question is: are you ready for the hard work?