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13-07-2006
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Fashion designers without a degree?
I did a search and could not find a thread on fashion designers who dont have degrees.
I always wondered if there were any established FD who don't have degree's in fashion, or don't have degree's at all. I know there are some, but I don't know of any famous ones. Did they all get degree's in fashion?! do you think its a requirement to be a successful fashion designer- or with your own label to have a degree? can an aspiring fd do without?!

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What about Halston? Can't remember if he had a degree or not...

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Oh, I think I remember that Geoffrey Beene quit med school because he wanted to design. He said that his anatomy classes were quite helpful though

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wow interesting, what was rei doing before designing?

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Didn't Miuccia Prada get her degree in Political Science? I'm not sure if she went back to get her degree in fashion.

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I don't think it's a requirement but it definately helps...there is actually at least one thread on here about going to school or not. I don't know any keywords though, I'm sorry...maybe try searching for "school". A lot of interesting opinions were raised in it.

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Didn't Miuccia Prada get her degree in Political Science? I'm not sure if she went back to get her degree in fashion.
Yes^ that's true. She inherited the family company

Consuela Castiglione for Marni is another example.
And I read from here that Donna Karan dropped out of Parson's to work for Anne Klein and start her own label. She completed her degree afterwards.
I think Marc Jacobs didn't finish Parson's too

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i don't think she had any formal fashion training- she study philosophy amd then worked as a frrelance stylist.

also i dont think gaultier and mouret had any formal training

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Gaultier apprenticed with Pierre Cardin, but yeah he never went to school.

I believe Vivienne Westwood did not study any fashion design either. Perhaps also Raf Simons, not too sure. I don't know if I'm right but he probably went for an Art major in Antwerp than a fashion one.

Another person who springs to mind also is Hedi Slimane.

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I believe Christian Lacroix was studying something related to religion before moving onto fashion.

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Yes, from the looks of it, the designers without a degree are mostly from the 20th century...?
It's the 21st now, so maybe the requirements have changed a bit, but I do believe it's alright to work your way up. Work experience in the end is key

For "now" designers, there are all those celebrity designers, like Sean Combs and J-Lo, and people who have connections, like Trovata. But I guess they are not really good examples...

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Calvin Klein got kicked out of F.I.T...
Atleast that's what a few professor's always say.

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Yes, from the looks of it, the designers without a degree are mostly from the 20th century...?
It's the 21st now, so maybe the requirements have changed a bit, but I do believe it's alright to work your way up. Work experience in the end is key

For "now" designers, there are all those celebrity designers, like Sean Combs and J-Lo, and people who have connections, like Trovata. But I guess they are not really good examples...
There are no "requirements" to be a successful fashion designer. A fashion designer gotta have the drive, motivation and the talent to make beautiful clothes. Also a lot designers are self taught, so there you go.

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I honestly think that a good designer has talent not knowledge..

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