Journalism is for writers. Styling ... well that's a whole different career and so is being a fashion eiditor.
Don't know about Fashion Merchandising for fashion editors ... it dsoesn't make sense. But on the other hand, fashion editors don't have a pre defined educational requirement so they seem to come from various educational backgrounds, including the liberal arts ... which is also just loosely related. So it's possible. It's mainly about having a good styling eye, having the right connections where someone realizes that you have both the talent and the skill to get the job done effecitvely. You have to get your foot in the door ... so you have to start somewhere ... but I don't see why a magazine would hire someone with no experience, but who had a Fashion Merchandising degree, except that it shows some interest in fashion and the fact that you were able to finish college.
Fashion Merchandising is about retail sales (we have a thread here about it). It's about the retail business from the inside out .... and lots of numbers: how to interpret prior sales, how to forecast sales trends, how to order the right merchandise in the right amount to make a profit for your store. It also includes store displays ... how to get the customer in the door, how to arrange the racks to move them through and how to get them to buy the items with the highest profit margin.
Last edited by BetteT; 29-12-2011 at 03:58 PM.