So You Want to Break into the Real-World Fashion Industry?
I’ve had a lengthy, diverse career in the international fashion & beauty biz — worked as a fashion & beauty editor/writer, an on-camera fashion correspondent, an educator, a teen model, a stylist…you name it…I’ve been-there and done-that. So it’s no coincidence that I get lots of emails from aspiring fashionistas who want to know how to break into the world of fashion? Time doesn’t permit me to respond to everyone. But here’s what I think attributed to my success and perhaps yours too:
Education, education, education! (Attending an industry-specific college like my alma mater: Fashion Institute of Technology in New York).
Being mentored by leading visionaries who were tough-as-nails.
Rising through the ranks on my own talents and reputation – not being dependent on any of the influential people in my life for my success.
Tips to Jumpstart Your Career:
Fashion is a fusion of art, history, current events, politics and technology, so it is a must that you develop an appreciation of these topics.
Learn about the industry and current designers by reading your favorite fashion magazines — not just looking at the pictures.
Also, stay cultured by going to museums, traveling when you can, learning another language and talking to people who are involved with fashion.
Take extra art classes to develop a sense of color and proportion.
As Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, states, "I always tell those I mentor, 'Be Nice!'"
Pictured here, Cheryl Ann Wadlington (me), style director, Evoluer Image Consultants/fashion journalist and Patricia Field, stylist/designer and Academy Award nominee (best costume design) for "The Devil Wears Prada."