The is question is from an anonymous reader:

I have a great idea for a clothing line, but I need someone famous to endorse it before I start. Is it possible?

Answer:

I wish it were that easy, but that is not the way this works. Fashion is one of those industries where you have to invest money, time, and resources before there is any possibility of turning a profit. In this case, you will need to develop the prototypes for your collection BEFORE you can even think of approaching anyone for endorsement of any kind. People will need to see, feel and touch the garment to determine quality among other things before throwing their support behind you. Remember, famous people have a “brand” too.

My professional opinion, you do not need a celebrity to back you. In fact, if your product links to one who does not have a great image or does not represent your brand values, it could hurt your business. Another issue is, this famous person could knock off your designs and capitalize on their fame to market them for profit e.g Khloe Kardashian Good American Bodysuits.

If your collection works for your target market, you should be able to generate your own buzz. We live in the era or Instagram. As a result, you have a free platform to market your clothing organically like Briana Wilson, designer of Matte Brand . As a result, celebrity stylists will more than likely contact you about borrowing your pieces and others will even BUY FROM YOU.

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The question is from Cara:

What are the jobs in the fashion industry that are flexible/allows me to set my own schedule?

Answer:

There are a quite few number of jobs in the fashion industry that will allow you to set your own schedule. However, they will most likely be freelance opportunities. Please see the list of flexible jobs below:

  • Fashion Stylist

  • Wardrobe Stylist

  • Personal Stylist

  • Personal Shopper

  • Fashion Photographer

  • Fashion Designer

  • Fashion Illustrator

  • Graphic Designer

  • Sample Maker

  • Model

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This question is from JJ:

Do you think AP art history is helpful to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology (I’m interested in business)?

Answer:

In general, Art history is helpful in the field of fashion, especially in the creative sector. On the other hand, it depends. If your goal is to become a Creative Director of a fashion brand in the future, it could be extremely helpful. Creative Directors are responsible for developing or sustaining the brand aesthetic which, can be influenced by art history among other creative elements. The educational track of a brand director is first a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design or Architecture and a Master’s in Art history or a design related Master’s.

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This question is from an anonymous reader:

Is LIM a good college for fashion buying and merchandising?

Answer:

In spite of its lack of global recognition, it does make the top 20 list in the US. Yes, LIM is a sound institution for buying & merchandising. The core of their curriculum focuses on various elements of this major, including business, marketing & visual. As a result, it is a well-rounded introduction to the field of fashion buying & merchandising, which are a large part of the fashion business.

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This question is from an anonymous reader:

What are the career options available in the fashion industry after graduation (graduation in chemistry)?

Answer:

If you have a degree in chemistry, you can work in the Beauty/Cosmetics sector. Your background could lead you to the following positions:

  • Perfumer - Creates perfume compositions of fragrances

  • Cosmetic Chemist - Develop and test new skin care products, fragrances and dyes. You would be responsible for the creation of a wide number of items, including shampoos and conditioners, lotions, body wash, gel, sunscreen, lip balm and lipstick, hair dye and powder makeup

  • Quality Control Chemist - Tests substances for compliance to brand standards and requirements.

  • Analytical Services - Analyzes raw material suppliers and finished goods manufacturers

  • Process Engineering - Studies the efficiency, production quality, and safety of manufacturing processes

  • Synthesis Chemist - Works with raw material suppliers for raw material synthesis

  • Regulatory Scientist - Develops new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance for FDA regulation

  • Research & Development - Data research and creation of prototypes for the introduction of new products

High-end brands tend to have higher academic requirements because they are much more competitive, therefore, if you would like to work for a major brand like L’Oreal, you will need a Masters or PHD degree in cosmetic science.

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This question is from Ichigo:

I’m interested in becoming a menswear fashion designer, but I’m a straight black male. I’m concerned as to how well-received that will be in this industry. Has the overall perception against straight men in the fashion industry changed at all?

Answer:

Are you aware that some of the top Menswear designers are heterosexual males? Virgil Abloh, a Ghanian- American who is the designer for one of the top Street Wear brands in the market, “Off-White”, was recently hired as the Creative Director to Louis Vuitton Men. Yes, a straight black male who married a woman with whom he shares two children. The fashion industry has made some social improvements, which we see with his appointment by Bernard Arnaud the owner & CEO of LVMH to Louis Vuitton.

Overall, we are now beginning to see black Vice Presidents and Creative Directors as well as successful brand Founders like Virgil Abloh, therefore, I say go live your dream. If you ever have any doubts, let his story and massive success be an inspiration to keep you going.

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This question is from an anonymous reader:

Why is Ralph Lauren Closing Stores?

Answer:

Ralph Lauren is closing several of its brick & mortar locations to reduce expenses. Unfortunately, they have been struggling to compete in recent years with younger preppy brands such as Zara along with H&M whose target demo are avid online shoppers. In addition, department stores like Macy’s have been selling Ralph Lauren product at deeply discounted prices which has hurt the brand financially. As a result, they have decided to invest time & resources into e-commerce to make them more competitive, which will encourage sales growth.

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This question is from Stephanie P.

Can I start a fashion business with my own talent even without going to fashion school?

Answer:

The answer, in short, is yes. However, there is more to running a fashion business than the creative aspect. After all, fashion is a business. You will need to learn about sourcing, logistics, accounts payable, accounts receivable, managing a budget, handling daily expenses, marketing, promotion and much more. Therefore, if you want to bypass fashion school, you will at the very least need to take a couple of business courses. Fortunately, many of them can be taken online at a reasonable cost. Starting your own business will not be easy, but it is certainly possible.

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My next question is from an anonymous reader:

What is the best way to go to a formal party?

Answer:

Well, this is just a general overview, but my advice would be to keep two things in mind, fabric and fit. While you can play around with colors, you want to steer clear of fabrics that may look too casual. For example, cotton or any kind of denim. Next, is the fit, be sure that the garment is tailored. The hemlines should hit the right spots and your clothing should not be too tight, especially across the chest area or the arms. This would not only be a fashion faux pas, but a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

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This question is from Gloria G:

How much should I pay for a custom made dress, if I supply the materials?

Answer:

Well Gloria, a designer or seamstress reserves the right to charge what they believe is fair. However, given the fact that you are paying for material costs up front, the price will depend on a few additional factors: 

First, is it a simple design or is it intricate with a lot of detail such as beading or embroidery? As a result, how many hours of labor will be needed to complete the design? What is your timeline? Will you need it in 8 months, 8 weeks or 8 days? Are they in New York, LA or Omaha? Keep in mind that there will be fittings as the design will be tailored to your measurements, which is not possible when you purchase something "off the rack".  Therefore ,a designer or seamstress must be compensated for their expertise. All of these elements will be factored into the price.

So, minus the cost of the materials you will purchase, the starting price can be as low as $80. However, don't be surprised to see a quote of over $100 for a cocktail dress. 

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It's that time again! My next question comes from Jessica M.:

What can I do to get into the fashion industry if, I can't afford design school?

Answer:

Well, Jessica, my way of breaking in, was to work as a Design Apprentice for free at a small fashion company. I lived off of my savings and held the position for approximately 4 months. However, it worked out that I got into design school shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, that brief experience with my apprenticeship was enough to land me my first job as a Fashion Assistant with Brooks Brothers. Therefore, my recommendation would be to pursue an internship/apprenticeship. Focus on working with a small fashion brand because they are easier to break into. Most of the well known brands only take design school students zero to limited experience in exchange for college credits. I hope that I have thoroughly answered your question! 

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It's time for another question on Q & A W/KAY! This question comes in from another anonymous reader:

What is the difference between fashion marketing and fashion advertising? Which field is more creative?

Answer:

Well, fashion marketing focuses on the promotion of a product through market research and analysis. Market research is basically finding out the habits of your audience. On the other hand, fashion advertising is the process of promotion, including the mediums used to create product exposure, for example, tv commercials, billboard ads or Instagram. It is the implementation of the marketing research and data.

Fashion marketing requires researching information on your target market based on things such as location, social habits, income level and education. If your focus is on the international market, this data will include culture and other information which, will be used to gain a larger understanding of what the consumer wants and how to connect with them.

In fashion advertising, your efforts would be used to create an ad campaign based upon the evaluations of the marketing team to effectively attract those customers. Therefore, fashion advertising is definitely more creative.

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I am sure you have some fashion questions that you've always wanted to ask! Well, you wanted it, now you've got it!

My first question on Q & A W/KAY come from an anonymous reader. 

Anonymous : 

How much do fashion designers make annually?

Answer:

Well, a fashion designer's annual salary is based on  several factors:

  • Location

  • Experience

  • Education

  • Company

The starting salary of a designer fresh out of school is roughly $33,000-$35,000. However, with experience and an advanced degree such as a Master of Arts, a designer can make up to $125,000 per year. I hope that I have thoroughly answered your question.

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