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24-04-2012
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^Thanks for sharing!!! Very cool you could make those connections :p

And I am currently reading the threads.....lots of information, and very informing.

Thank you for all of your help IF I ever have anymore questions I know the person to ask

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Soo I am planning on going to school for General marketing...Anybody have any tips to create fashion connections both during and after completing college? Cause once I finish marketing, I would like to start with fashion marketing...

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Look for marketing Internships .... in fashion related companies. If you get lucky and convince them that this is your direction in marketing, you will be off to a great start. Then, after you get your general marketing degree (or even in summer school), see if there are a few individual marketing courses you can take at a fashion school to supplement your education. That will introduce you to students and teachers who are in or will be in the fashion biz. And that will give you a second opportunity to find internships in fashion.

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^Really enjoy your advice...thank you alot! I do not live in a fashion predominate location though...So I am considering defintly relocating after I finish school. Once again, thanks for the help your my fashion guide right now, as its so hard to find real answers from people in the biz!

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I have always wanted to attend a school geared mostly toward fashion careers,but my problem is that I live in has nothing like this and I can't afford to move to New York or LA right now anyway. I did some research and saw that FIDM, Parsons, and FIT have online degree programs in fashion marketing which is my dominate area of intrest. I have always wanted to become an accessories buyer. Which one of these schools in you guys opinion would be the best option?? PLEASE HELP!!!! I would love to start school soon!!

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Grad school in New York?
I need advice about the advantages of post-secondary education versus "real-world" experience. I aspire to be a fashion editor, and am finishing my Bachelor's in English at a school in my hometown in Kentucky. After I graduate, I plan on moving to a larger city in the South to further build my portfolio and get more experience in publishing through internships, etc, because I know I'm just not quite ready yet for New York.

My question is, should I pursue some sort of Master's degree or certificate program in New York, or should I just move there after a couple of years and try and get more internships or entry-level positions? I know competition is fierce, and I feel like something like NYU's M.S. in Publishing might give me an edge (especially because so many internships require you to be in school), but I'm not sure if it would actually be worth it. Does anyone have any advice, or recommendations? I want to make up my mind about post-grad education soon so I can prepare for it if necessary.

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First ... let me ask you this: by "Fashion Editor" do you mean a stylist for an fashion magazine? Because that is what a "fashon editor" is: a fashion stylist who is on payroll at the magazine (as opposed to being a freelance stylist) ... but most people don't know that. That is a very different skill set from being in "publishing" as in journalism or management of a magazine.

Or do you want to write and report? That's journalism.

If you want to be the Editor in Chief of a fashion magazine, that's a realy specialized talent ... it's management along with a good eye for what you want to magazine to be.

There are sooo many different career paths in publishing. I think that perhaps you might want to read these threads to learn about all of this, then you can focus on the actual path you want to take.

Careers / Jobs / Positions in Magazine Publishing
What Education is Needed to get into Magazines / Publishing?
How to Get Work in Fashion Magazine Publishing (see Post #1 for related threads)

Fashion Journalism

All About Becoming a Fashion / Wardrobe Stylist
All About Becoming a Fashion / Wardrobe Stylist #2
A Day in the Life of a Fashion Stylist
Shooting Stories for a Stylist's /Fashion Editor's Portfolio

Working as an Assistant (for a Magazine, Publicist, Photographer, Stylist, etc.)

Some career paths at a fashion magazine require schooling but not all. However, almost all of them are about who you know. So internships are essential. But entry level jobs can be just as helpful. Getting in is the hard part, so it's often easier to intern, if you are at a reputable school (not necessarily a fashion school, but it has to be related to the department in which you want to intern). And, in fact, the US labor law says that unpaid interns must be getting college credits if they are not paid. So, being in school is pretty important.

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Yes, I am interested in being a fashion editor, not a fashion journalist. I've been through some of those forums (and tried but failed to search for more specific info about grad schools/programs in New York that might suit my chosen path), but will certainly go back through some others that I hadn't seen. Even though being a fashion editor doesn't require a masters, it seems like post-graduate education may be beneficial for getting internships and networking.

Thanks for the advice!

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There really isn't a course of study to become a fashion editor/stylist. Most just have liberal arts backgrounds, often Art History or something like that. Some might have have fashion design degreees, but that's not a prerquisite. Some dont have even have n under grad degree ... so it's not the degree that get's you there, as you have determined. It's getting in the door.

Most fashion editors got thier jobs at fashion magazines because they were connected socially (not social media, I mean they grew up with the families of the right people, went to the "right" schools, and so on). Of course, they still had to demonstrate that they had the skills ... a good eye, a strong work ethic, the ability to use their connections to make things happen and good managerial skills too. They still worked up to their positions .... you don't come out of school and get a job as a fashion editor. Interning gets you in the door. Assisting is probably the best way to learn the skills.

So, without the connections, you will need to intern so you are correct ... school can help. Id say you should focus on finding a shcool and courses which will connect you with possible internships in NY fashion mags. I'd start with FIT and Parsons, of course but maybe even Columbia (Art History?) and ask them about their intership programs and how you can get involved. They will probably be able to tell you what your options are to even apply to their internship programs.

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Yoninah ... moving your post here: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...ses-36974.html

Maybe it will catch a new eye and someone has information.

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Transferring from FIT to Parsons
Hey guys, I am currently a sophomore at FIT studying fashion design, graduating in May with my AAS. I am applying to transfer to Parsons as well as schools in London....I was wondering if anyone here has transferred from FIT to Parsons and could share their experience with me. I am having some self-doubts but at the same time I do not see myself continuing at FIT. Thanks!

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Graduate Programs in Fashion Business Management/Merchandising?
Hi everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post my question, please move it if necessary.

I'm applying to grad school next year and want to get a master's in fashion business management/merchandising (something relating to the business side of fashion). However, I've 2 problems.

1)My BA degree is not fashion or anything related to art/design at all. It's international studies.

2)I've no background in business/finance. What's the possibility of me getting into a master's or MBA program in fashion merchandising, etc. ?


What should I do? My school doesn't have a major in fashion, so should I get another bachelor's degree from another school in fashion?

Any ideas?

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Here are some related threads that might have some helpful information:

Fashion merchandising as a career: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...=merchandising

Business Grads in Fashion: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...light=business

Links to sites to Learn about Business and Tech in Fashion: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...light=business



And merging with an existing thread where members ask for help in making decisions regarding school and careers.

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Hi I am new on here., been a little scared to post hehe. I am 18 and will be leaving school for uni next year. I am interested in getting into the industry mainly as a photographer but I have considered some other options. I want to go to CSM to do an art foundation but I am not really sure. Does anyone have any advice? Like how was it for others who now work in the industry? and how did you go about breaking into the industry and applying for elite schools? Any advice would help. Thank you

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Welcome to tFS!!

Anything in fashion is very, very competitive. Even getting into the right school. Here are some threads that might give you some insight:

Thread about grades needed to apply: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...ool-66336.html

Next, getting into CSM ... I suggest the you spend some time reading the CSM thread because there's likely some comments about the school and their requirements. http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...don-28747.html

It's like any good school ... go to their site and see what their requirements are and know that you have to knock their socks off as far as impressing them, when you apply.


Any fashion School will want to see a portfolio, to see your ideas and skills so far. And I'm guessing here, but I think that it can be your own photos, sketches of fashion ideas, idea boards .... pretty much anything that shows your interests and skills. Of course it would depend on your interests and goals within the school.

Thread about School Portfolios: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...ion-33663.html

And a thread about fashion photography schools: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90...ols-54919.html

Lastly ... there are many different ways to get into fashion. School is not the only way. But you need the skills ... so if you want to be a designer or a photographer, you'll do best with some serious education to get the technical skills. But also, in fashion a lot depends on who you know ... so networking when you are in school by interning and working the system is vital for your future.

Hope this helps a little and gives you a starting point to do your research. . Your question is very broad with probably thousands of applicable answers ... so it can't be summed up easily.

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