Although fashion is your focus, the journalism profession requires a liberal arts college degree in communication, journalism, or English. By also bringing to your resume experience in the retail or wholesale style fields, you increase your chances of breaking into the big league New York fashion publications. Continue reading “Education and Training to be Fashion Journalists and Catalog Copywriters”
The first thing you want to do if you intend to become a fashion photographer is buy a camera that you can carry around as often as possible. This way, if a terrific photo opportunity occurs, you will be ready to capture it. Continue reading “Working as Fashion Photographers”
As an aspiring catalog copywriter, your curriculum should reflect the same types of courses taken by aspiring fashion journalists. Add to your fashion magazine collection the countless catalogs and mail-order brochures posted your way. Continue reading “Working as Catalog Copywriters”
One of the best places to start preparing for a career in fashion writing is online or at an area bookstore. Scan the vast array of fashion-related publications to get a feel for editorial style and content. Then subscribe to those magazines that most interest you, and continue to study them and learn key fashion phrases and buzzwords. Continue reading “Working as Fashion Journalists (2)”
Fashion journalists cover a wide range of topics, such as apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances. Today, all publishing activity is done on computers, so advanced computer skillsâ€”from layout to graphic designâ€”are a must. Journalists write under chronic deadline pressure in a competitive world, where hot stories and cool trends typically donâ€™t last out the month. Continue reading “Working as Fashion Journalists”
Browse the Internet and the magazine racks of most bookstores and you will find that fashion publications are as popular as those devoted to sports and cooking. Thatâ€™s because the single most effective way designers get noticed is through the fashion mediaâ€”from both an editorial and a visual perspective.
Editors at top publications, such as Vogue, Elle, Allure, GQ, and Womenâ€™s Wear Daily, wield so much power that design professionals constantly court them. These editors attend all the major seasonal fashion shows and determine whatâ€™s hot and whatâ€™s not.
Even before the spring and fall collections are unveiled, these driven personalities meet with selected designers to get an idea of whatâ€™s in store for future seasons. Fashion writers and photographers have job options beyond the traditional fashion magazines.
Fashion television and fashion websites and blogs are wildly popular. Other opportunities for writers involve penning the copy for store or mail-order catalogs. In addition to the executive editors, the media world includes staff and freelance writers, managing editors, copywriters, production specialists, graphic artists, and photographers.
Photographers work closely with editors, either through assignments or submission of their photos. Their careers run the gamut from photographing major fashion events for top publications to doing studio or on-location portraits of models to creating a prospective modelâ€™s composites.
Because the fashion public relations field requires strong written and verbal communication skills, hone your craft by writing and submitting articles to your school newspaper and concentrate on public speaking. Continue reading “Tips on Becoming Fashion Publicists”
Early experience for visual merchandising artists may be as simple as helping your school librarian create special book exhibits or designing props for a local play. As long as you have an artistâ€™s talent and eye for appealing displays, you can pursue this field with confidence. Continue reading “Tips on Becoming Fashion Window and Countertop Display Artists”
One of the best ways to get into the retail business is by working in it. No special degrees are required, although courses in fashion design and accounting would help immensely. Success depends on your natural talent for working with people and determining which products will sell and which ones will fall flat. Start by working as a sales clerk at a clothing store in your neighborhood. Continue reading “Tips on Becoming Boutique Owners”
If you are great at throwing parties, you will fit right into the frenetically paced world of organizing fashion trade exhibitions and special events such as groundbreaking fashion shows. However, you have to be extremely organized and driven to keep up in an arena where yesterdayâ€™s â€œitâ€ ideas are old hat today. Continue reading “Tips on Becoming Fashion Trade Show and Event Organizers”