Becoming a Fashion Designer

Becoming a Fashion Designer

by Lisa Springsteel


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ISBN-13: 9781118143827
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,231,187
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

LISA J. SPRINGSTEEL is a twenty-year veteran of the fashion industry who has worked for luxury design firms such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, and apparel powerhouses Phillips-Van Heusen and Limited Brands in a variety of capacities, from fashion design to global fabric sourcing, research, and development. Her experience extends to the media world, where she covered New York Fashion Week runway shows, interviewed top designers, and wrote numerous magazine and newspaper articles on fashion, beauty, and health. She has been featured in the Sean Combs MTV documentary, If I Were King and on America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

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Table of Contents

by Nanette Lepore



1 An Introduction to a Career in Fashion Design 1

What Is Fashion Design? 4

What Do Fashion Designers Do? 32

History of Fashion Design: Then and Now 59

The Worldwide Fashion Industry by the Numbers 76

Embracing the World of Fashion 87

Finding Balance 109

2 The Education for a Fashion Design Career 111

Choosing a Collegiate Educational Program 111

Undergraduate Education 112

The Value of Internships 128

Studying Abroad 136

Postgraduate Education 137

Continuing Education 138

3 The Job Market 141

Determing Your Design Specialty 141

Personal Branding 152

Portfolio Development 155

Creating a Résumé that Pops 166

Networking Your Way to a Job Offer 171

Tried-and-True Job Search Strategies 176

Perfecting the Job Interview 180

Negotiating the Job Offer 201

4 The Fashion Design Process 207

Conceptual Development 208

Patternmaking 211

Sample Creation 214

Finalization, Presentation, and Hand-Off 215

5 Launching Your Own Fashion Collection 217

Writing a Business Plan 218

Choosing Type of Ownership 218

Defining Your Brand 223

Protecting Your Designs 231

Creating Accounting, Budgeting, and Bookkeeping Systems 236

Hiring Employees, Contractors, and Interns 237

Developing a Marketing Plan 239

Establishing a Sales and Order Fulfillment Strategy 251

6 Strategic Business Trends in the Fashion Industry 261

Outsourcing and Globalization 261

Corporate Social Responsibility 262


Professional Organizations, Associations, and Councils 281

Fashion Industry Networking Websites 283

Professional Networking Websites 284

Social Networking Websites 284

Professional Trade Publications 285

Online Portfolio Websites 285

Color and Trend Forecasting Companies 286

Broadcast and Cable Television Programming with a Fashion Theme 287

Full-Feature Movies with a Fashion Theme 288

Documentaries with a Fashion Theme 289

Major Fashion Magazines 290



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Becoming a Fashion Designer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Marilyn-M More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this fascinating and informative book on how to become a fashion designer. The author not only answers the million questions a fashion design student might ask but she has organized them in an easy to find, beautifully illustrated manner. The interviews with well-known designers are dynamic and give the reader personal insights into the designers' individual journeys so the design student learns how not to make the same mistakes. The dynamic fashion illustrations on almost every page are detailed and extremely informative. I enjoyed reading the author's personal comments on her journey in the field as it adds a bit of intimacy. This book is the perfect one for any student who is thinking about, or pursuing fashion design as a career and I highly recommend it as well, to anybody with one iota of interest in Fashion.