10 things you should know before studying fashion
By Sara McCorquodale

Knowledge is power, trust us…

Sep 02, 2015

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It’s that time of year when every art school in the land is gearing up for its new influx of future designers. And if you’re on your way to study fashion, congratulations! This is going to be one of the best times of your life. However, fashion school is baptism of fire – you have learn a lot and you have to learn it quickly. Want to hit the ground running? Check out these 10 tips from everyone at WGSN who studied fashion (and lived to tell the tale)…

1. You have not experienced true sadness until you’ve gone through regular brutal crits of your work (after which you’ll need tissues. And booze).

2. In the weeks running up to your graduate show, you’ll lose your mind, friends and about a stone in weight (all of which you’ll get back between the after party and graduation).

3. Start cataloging everything you do and building your portfolio from day one. No one will prompt you to do this – but the smart people do it anyway.


4. Commercial fashion is not a dirty term. Don’t feel like your designs have to be crazy to get you noticed.

5. Your professors actually don’t know everything but you do jump through hoops to meet their sometimes crazy specifications (no back zippers, no buttons, nothing black, etc).

6. At the beginning, everyone’s certain they’re the next McQueen. By the end, 96% of your classmates are happily headed to a mid-market retailer. Time + massive overdraft = realistic expectations.

7. Being at school is suddenly amazing. This is what you’ve wanted forever and it’s happening. INSANE.

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8. You have to do work experience almost constantly to get anywhere near employment by the time you graduate. In fact, when you start there will be people who’ve already done a bunch of placements. God damn them.

9. Can’t sketch? Learn and do it pronto.

10. It’s a slog. Continual grunt work, ego-shattering professors and you never end up creating the kind of designs or being the kind of designer you think you will. But the truth is, there’s nowhere you’d rather be – and it’s totally worth it.

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Sep 14th, 2016

It’s really a heads for fashion students. I wish i would have known this before joining, i would have been prepared or practiced my sketches which comes out so so so bad :/

Chante Jonas
Sep 07th, 2016

WGSN is a lifesaver. Truly inspiring

Wendy Allen
Sep 07th, 2016

Realistic insight to have. I still remember point 1, many students reduced to tears after labouring their passion into to their work, it feels very brutal to take criticism.
Just wondering is their a special rate that students can join WGSN, as it is a fantastic aid?
If like small business/entrepreneurs/designers starting up, it’s hard to afford £10,000 for the service which is what I was quoted, and most students would not be able to afford this service.

Robert E. Moore III
Oct 03rd, 2015

I recently started on my MFA at the Academy Art University and the 10Things you should …are multiplied by 10x in a masters program!

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Sep 28th, 2015

Hi ,my name is azadeh .I am Iranian fashion designer.

Sep 27th, 2015

i did not know all of these things before starting my journey….:(

Emma Twiname
Sep 25th, 2015

This is brilliant. Describes my fashion degree perfectly.. 😀

rijles rijswijk
Sep 21st, 2015

Fantastic site. A lot of helpful information here. I
am sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
And certainly, thanks for your effort!

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Sep 16th, 2015

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Edgar Valencia
Sep 14th, 2015

Pour mon amour

Sep 05th, 2015

can connect everybit of it and know what it feels like.thanks for inspiring again!!!rejunevating

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Anne the SpyGirl
Sep 02nd, 2015

The best schools are Fashion Boot Camps and will give you the thickest skin ever.
Most importantly, you have to LOVE fashion — it must be your PASSION — or school (and the industry) will eat you up and spit you out. Me, 28 years after graduating from Otis, I’m now a surface designer.

levi ripley
Sep 02nd, 2015

Amazing Post. so very True!

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