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Do you have what it takes to be a fashion designer?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019


Feeling Self-Doubt about making it as a fashion designer?

Afraid you don’t have what it takes to have a career in fashion?


Self-doubt can stop a talented fashion student before they even get started. Over the past 10 years I have heard many of my young aspiring future designers tell me of their fears of not being talented enough, creative enough or even tough enough to work in the fashion biz. (These were from the students that I know could really achieve great success, they were very creative and had fresh ideas). I don’t believe it is about lack of talent that they get these fears, I believe it is something else. Something to do with their confidence mind set.


Remembering back when I was in design school at F.I.D.M. I felt this way a lot. And those fears still come around from time to time. I am imagining that it is even worse now for students with all the social media making things look so easy and perfect.


While trying to put my thoughts together to write about this topic, I had an eye opener from a discussion with one of my advanced adult students after she saw one of my up-cycling videos watching me go through my process of getting a design right. She asked me about my process of designing. She was wondering if designers just think about something and make it into reality, she learned from watching the video that it is all a process and sometimes a long process of working things out in your head for days and even collaborating with others to get a design just right.


There really is no magic wand in design. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, right? I think these young designers have not seen the real behind the scenes, day to day life in a fashion and manufacturing house. That it is a lengthy process to get a design just right and off to mark