Is There Future In Fashion?

Discussion in 'Careers, Education & the Business of Fashion' started by aracic, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. aracic

    aracic Well-Known Member

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    As I just read this comment in Calvin Klein's thread, it hit me. Of course, I've been aware of the state of fashion for a very long time, but it never occured to me that by the time I get to certain positions fashion as we know it could really be dead.

    I am one week into my first year of Fashion Design studies and I'm scared as s*it. I've had my doubts but I always figured that there's always a chance if you work hard enough to find and grab it. I kind of always knew I wanted a career in fashion - since Barbie days and playing with mom's fabric leftovers to my early teen years when I discovered high fashion. It's really my only field of interest.
    But the high fashion I fell in love with doesn't exist anymore. I love theatrics and drama. Those extravagant shows with meaning and beauty and the feel of luxury. That's what fashion means to me. But that doesn't seem to be "in trend" anymore. We all know it's only about money and low standards now...

    Anyway, I wanted to hear your opinion on this topic: is there future in fashion? Is it worth going through years of education and practice, sacrificing lots and lots of money, patience, time... Is it worth fighting this fight? Will fashion ever be able to recover from 2010s and go back to theatrics and artistry that were once a part of the package?
    I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
     
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    dfl-001 Well-Known Member

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    As long as people need clothes on their back, there'll be a need for good designers.

    If you're just one week into studies, maybe it's just a bit of angst starting a new field and the normal second guessing we all have on a new path.
    But few people really have a strong passion for their work like you state.
    Stay focused, be disciplined, and be flexible.
    Don't limit how you think of yourself as a designer. There are enormous options; textile design, designing for a larger manufacturer, you may have a smaller clientele in an atelier of your own, or you may end up designing for a well established fashion house. Or you may have a label of your own and a fantastic runway show every season.
    At some point in your career you may end up doing all. Or setting a new trend and throwing a curve into the industry yourself.
    The industry looks nothing like what attracted me when I was 13: Nothing like it. So your career in fashion may not be as it was when you were first inspired, but will undoubtedly be as frustrating and rewarding as you hope for.
    If as you described, you've had the passion since very early, don't get discouraged. I would strongly encourage you to stay with it.
     
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  3. Nymphaea

    Nymphaea Well-Known Member

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    A black and white answer: no.
    Why? The world is slowly getting overpopulated. This growing population is slowly poluting the earth leading to the climate change that's already going on. Today's fast fashion is also a part of this, from the fabricage to a lot of waste products. Fashion has to become sustainable: clean fabricage, much better quality so garments can be worn a lifetime and not every season/year something new. We should be going back to the time of the prehistory lol. At the moment I can't see a bright future for fashion. I think it will be going from fast to slow fashion to probably no fashion anymore? How current fashion is working can't be continued for long.
    But you should do what you like the most! If it's fashion do fashion, if it's something else do something else.
     
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  4. jeanclaude

    jeanclaude Well-Known Member

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    Fashion is a big bubble which is about to burst sooner than later. I see a big crack, because there are too much production of mediocre clothes.

    The current state of fashion industry reminds me of the early 80s videogame industry crack, when Atari went bankrupt because they were saturating the market with lots of crap...and customers get bored and annoyed of it.

    About your feelings of fear, angst and anxiety...well that´s pretty familiar to me.
    The key is to forget about "making it" in the fashion industry. If you get focused on being recognized as a designer, you are going to suffer a lot.
    Your focus must be on making clothes. That´s your reward: having the joy of materialize all your ideas into real clothes and enjoy the process of making them into reality. Just feeling the need to make clothes for the sake of it, and feeling good when you see your finished clothes; while you are still excited thinking about the next garment you are gonna make. That feeling is really addictive, like a drug...but without side effects.

    Passion for creation is the only important thing which can keep you balanced when you feel lost.
     
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    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    I want to 'like' this a thousand times because it applies to just about every other creative field!
     
  6. perfect blue

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    Beautifully said
     
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  7. perfect blue

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    I think there will always be a need for designers as long as brands need someone to create new ideas. Most business-minded people wouldn't be able to design creative or desirable items themselves. But the landscape is changing, especially in high fashion. Much of the elegance and drama has become irrelevant (not saying that I like that happening). Menswear has become much more important - a good thing. Streetwear/skatewear has permeated high fashion... to many people's dismay.

    Many customers aren't looking for fashion so much as they are looking for styling these days. If you look at LV or Balenciaga, a lot of younger people are just buying their hoodies, backpacks, shoes, and athletic jackets. There is little to no design in that, it's mostly very urban and athletic pieces similar to what you get from Nike or Supreme. Maybe that's how Virgil made it to a brand like Louis Vuitton...

    I think fashion has also become over-saturated with so many people trying to be successful designers, regardless of their experience in fashion design. Fashion has become a huge world compared to what it was even in the early 2000s. The digital realm is growing, meaning more people have a means of attracting attention to their brands, whether small or big. It makes predicting your success as a designer much more difficult.

    I'm not sure if I even said anything at all here but I tried to add my two cents. This is a really big conversation and people on TFS can contribute way more to it than I can. I was a fashion design student for a year but I dropped out because I got sick. I'm trying to go back next year though.
     
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    jeanclaude Well-Known Member

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    I hope you are recovered and feeling well; and I also hope you can return to your fashion school next year. :wink:

    Health is the most important thing of all.
     
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  9. perfect blue

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    Thank you my friend :smile:
     
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