I've been divided about this for a while, and am looking for input. I am thinking of taking an MFA in Fashion (I have a BA in Geography and Art History), which will take me 5 years to complete, and cost me around $50,000. I want to be a fashion designer, ultimately with my own label. I often wonder if it would be better for me to just take the plunge, design collections, get them made and market myself at fashion weeks, or if I should take the safe, slow route of education, internships, working for other companies and then finally launching my own line. I realize that both routes are expensive and time-consuming, but I'm wondering if it's worth the 5 years for an MFA if I can use that $50,000 toward starting up my own line and working as hard as I can to make it successful and well-known. Obviously the chance of huge success is minimal, but I wonder if the chance of succeeding with my own line is any greater if I would've obtained an MFA and worked within fashion companies? What would you do?