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You must do your own research, lots of it. I would start with looking up the various fashion companies' coporate web sites ... and look for any sections they have on employment and see what you can find there. Secondly, you can call their human resources departments at their headquarters to see how they recruit managers and if they have training programs and to ask for infomation about that.

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I guess I was on the right track a few weeks ago, because thats exactly what I was thinking about doing. I just didn't know if it was the right thing to do. Interesting. Will do, thanks for all of the advice. It was very helpful. I am just sooo ready, and waiting to do this. I do know there is a lot of research. I will also go to the career services at my school and see what they can do.

But its good to be assured that there is a place in the fashion industry for business graduates.

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It's funny that you said that about banks, because where I am (Australia) the banks here are one of the huge employers of interns (paid!) and do large graduate recruitment campaigns.

This is a great article about the business side of fashion, written by Marion Hume for Time Magazine. It came out 2 years ago but I still enjoy reading it
http://www.time.com/time/style/artic...533542,00.html

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Wow ... fashion really IS big business nowadays , isn't it? That means the business grads have a bigger career ahead of them than the creative people ... food for thought.

Thanks for sharing that, Cicciolina.

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WOW!! It seems like Fashion has turned into mostly Business. The importance in Business seems to have become quite equivalent to creative fashion. Both seem to go hand in hand... Hmmm I find this very, very interesting. Since I want to have my own clothing company, if I work my *** off... I think my plan is going to work out just fine. LOL... I no longer feel that going to school for Business was a waste of time lol.

But what if you have not graduated from the top business schools? Everyone cannot afford to go to Harvard (Honestly I never applied, and I never had any interest in attending that school, I mean. could not even afford to stay at Parsons).

Oh, and about the bank thing... thats actually good in Austrailia.

BetteT, if you don't mind me asking what do you do? What type of business do you run?

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Now, I am a fashion stylist ... so I'm self employed and have to run my own small service business. I have to do inventories, issue and track invoices and do billing, take care of my own taxes, pay assistants when needed, a slew of contracts and paperwork and then I must market myself constantly to find clents. It's about 80% business and 20% creative.

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Nice thread.. incidentally, if anyone's interested in reading more about the business side of fashion, try Imran Amed's blog, The Business of Fashion http://uberkid.typepad.com/ ...I've been reading it for a while, it's good.

I'm going to school for humanities (History and Anthropology) but I think the business end of fashion is fascinating. Everyone and their mother wants to design (or so it seems)... you have to find a niche where demand exceeds supply.

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Anjo great suggestion, I love reading that blog too, he does a really good job.

Yes I think the business end of fashion is highly underrated... after all, you have to admit, Marc Jacobs perhaps wouldn't be so big without the help of Robert Duffy.

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Exactly. I think it's safe to say he would have been out of business long ago...

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Yes, I checked out the site... Theres a load of information about the fashion biz. I just don't knoww here to start looking, there are loads of information.

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This is a really great blog. I've found that truly informative resources about the behind-the-scenes happenings of the fashion industry, without all the fluff, are extremely hard to come by. I'm looking to eventually (hopefully) transition into a career in fashion, into a position that is probably very specialized. If anyone knows of more resources like this, please (please!) post them!



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Nice thread.. incidentally, if anyone's interested in reading more about the business side of fashion, try Imran Amed's blog, The Business of Fashion http://uberkid.typepad.com/ ...I've been reading it for a while, it's good.

I'm going to school for humanities (History and Anthropology) but I think the business end of fashion is fascinating. Everyone and their mother wants to design (or so it seems)... you have to find a niche where demand exceeds supply.

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Is it absolutely necessary to have a business degree to work in the fashion industry? Its just that I cannot afford to pay for a degree, but could probably pay for a Diploma though.

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Hmmm ... I thought that a degree and a diploma are essentially the same thing. They both mean that you have graduated from a college or university. Is there a difference in the UK?

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BetteT thanks for responding. I'm actually from Singapore but am in the UK at the moment. A diploma is like maybe half a degree course. They split it in 2 or 3 parts (Diploma, sometimes even Advanced Diploma, Degree) in private institutions in Singapore.

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Thank you for explaining ... I guess it varies from place to place.

As far as your question goes ... it really depends on the job you want in the fashion biz. Some require full degrees ... probably a lot of the jobs in the business end of fashion require a full degree if you want a job that is higher than just entry level to start. . Some don't. Certainly some of the creative jobs in fashion don't require any formal schooling at all or require a different type of degree ... but that is another topic. This thread is about people with business degrees and what they can use them for in the fashion industry.

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