Are you thinking about becoming a fashion designer?

I believe that when you know what you want you just have to go for it!

Because to find that call is tricky and sometimes it takes time to find out what you would like to study . There’s nothing wrong in not knowing what you want to study but if you do know, don’t waste time. Just dig in that djungel of educations because there are p l e n t y!

If you are interested in working with fashion and need some kind of education, keep on reading this is for you. I want to share some of my experiences that might help if you are thinking about studying abroad or in Sweden and what you might have to expect.
First of all I really need to tell you that the best thing you can do is trying to find a student who went to the same school you are interested in. As I wanted to study in Barcelona at IED I contacted a woman who today is a successful designer and she wrote me like 3 A4 letters about everything! It was so helpful!
But not only that the fashion industry is so huge, try to figure out where your passion lies, is it the sewing part or is drawing fashionable clothes you like? Is it building up a collection you would want to work with our creating a brand? Are you more a person who wants to organize things around a label ?
There are merchandisers, stylists, agencies, design assistants and so so many different professions to explore and master. Try to see your strength and the thing you love the most and of course be a little bit realistic in how it can benefit you in the real life. Make sure you ask the right people so you don’t have to hear how crazy you are to do something like that or that there are no jobs and so on. But you know, in the end no one can tell you what you cant do if you have the tools you need.

Below is the list of schools I myself went to:

Njudungsgymnasiet: Fashion and design –  3 Years (Sweden)
Ölands folkhögskola: Shape and design – 1 year (Sweden)
IED: Fashion design -1 year (Barcelona, Spain)
Malmö Tillskärarakademin: Pattern cutting – 1 Year (Sweden)
Malmö Tillskärarakademin: Product develeopment 4  months (Sweden)
Medborgarskolan: Sewing class 6 months (Sweden)

Dress from producdevelopment education

Dress from product development education

Those are the education I went to and they are all very different. Except for fashion and design at gymnasium and fashion design at IED those two was basically the same except that IED was wider and deeper of course. But I choose educations after what I felt I was missing so that’s the reason behind the variety.
To be honest I was quite blown away about how many different things I could be within the industry because as much as I kind of liked sewing I loved drawing as well as I loved researching. I know this sounds weird but I’m not a big fan of just sewing and I really was terrible at it before and pattern cutting as well was not something close to my heart and I remembered finishing my course in Malmö just feeling so empty and thinking maybe this is not my jam after all. But then I remembered how the education was in Spain and how I felt after coming home and it was the opposite, I felt like a really talented person who had something going on and that is what I mean about finding out what you want to do because these schools was focusing on different things.
Pattern cutting was for me to learn the construction which is crucial in Sweden but not at IED. IED was more like Project runway (the famous TV show) when it came to execution. But in IED it was all about the other things such as research, drawing, fashion trends and being in the presence and the future when it came to fashion. At IED we talked a lot about everything around fashion such as music, movies, exhibitions and so on. How to pitch your idea and how to talk about your brand but also about marketing and marketing was a big deal as well as history in fashion art and trend hunting.
My fashion educations in Sweden was  focusing on the craftsmanship and craft hand, the patterns, sewing, taking the right measurements, adjusting patterns depending on which body you are working with. Drawing was a big part too and of course almost all the places I went to ends with a big presentation and a catwalk. So in Sweden one would say that my focus was on that which I believe you also have to master. You can’t present something and the pieces are not looking good in the execution.  Also it’s never wrong to learn as much as you can and it’s easier to depend on yourself. Prototypes is a huge relief if you can do them by yourself before you send them to a manufacturing company and it saves you money. At the same time if you can’t do something find somebody who can. Focus at the things that you are good at and surround yourself with a good team and honest people.

So to knit this sac!

My own illustrations from school.

My own illustrations from school

I can’t really say to anybody which one is better then the other because I haven’t done it all!

But I know that being a part of everything a little bit that’s when Im the happiest I can be. I don’t want to be a seamstress, only work with patterns or just drawing but I will do it untill I get where I want to be and I understand today how that fits me more as a person and why I chose the educations I chose. IED was a school that allowed the students to think big and try many things but I’m so thankful they accepted me at TIllskärarakademin because without that I could not be able to make it with my own hands. Product development was again my jam, to work with the different programs which I did even at IED but to build and create a collection that you basically can send right away to the manufactories, is something I have been able to help other companies with after my education.
The educations that are in Sweden they have abroad as well but if you want to continuing taking you Ba and MA here I would suggest that you study in Sweden I believe is always easier to study in the country you are planing on working in and developing yourself in. I could be wrong but I do believe thats a good idea. At the same time we can not all follow the same school steps because that it’s a bit boring and not adding anything new on the table of fashion. I appreciate people with different backgrounds as it adds something extra that will differentiate you among the others and that’s what fashion is all about right? So whatever education you go for just make sure you have the tools you will be needing for the next step and if you go abroad take care of that culture and try to find something that you can use anytime and maybe someday even will be your trademark.
Good luck and work really really hard!

 

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