10 Lessons For Fashion Designers

As of late, I’ve been encountering people who would like to become fashion designers, just like something they decided one day to do as a long term hobby. No research was done or schools attended, not even the effort of trying to get an internship working for a label. Some people just figured that with enough cash in their pockets to spend, they can buy a career in the fashion industry.

Looking through “the glass door” from the outside, they may see fashion as this glamorous world, where everyone is dressed so well and we say words like fabulous, extraordinary all while getting choked up or emotional about the clothes. The thing is, if those people looking in, were to rub that glass door, making it easier to see through and stay longer staring into our “glamorous world,” they would notice that behind the fashion, their are those of us who’ve worked countless hours, days, months, and years to prefect our crafts.  We’re not in it to make quick money, it’s our passion, some of us, obsession, and others, it’s because we love doing it.  The business of it, is part of the whole package, and we try to make the two work, but ask some fashion designers out there, and most would prefer to be in their studios or showrooms, creating clothes rather than crunching numbers.

So for those out there who think that becoming a fashion designer is something you can cross-off your to do list just along with going to the salon, here are some insightful and thought-provoking lessons from Wieden+Kennedy’s Executive Creative Director, John C Jay: 10 Lessons for fashion designers.

1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.

Lessons list via Edwin Himself

Photos VIA JakandJil.com

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