I tend to think that when most people think of having careers in fashion, they think of that clueless blonde girl who interviews for the job of Carrie’s assistant in the first “Sex and the City” movie. Anyone watching the scene in which she says, “I would love a career in fashion,” immediately feels embarrassed for her — because without even a smidgen of character development, it becomes pretty clear in one line that the only thing this girl knows about the industry is how far her credit limit could take her at Henri Bendel.
The truth is that fashion people are nerds of the highest order. We devour fashion magazines the way our friends at Geekosystem devour comic book derivatives, and we study runway shows the way the guys at SportsGrid dissect instant replays. We think the industry and the forces behind it are the most interesting things in the world, and we have no intention of apologizing for it, thank you very much.
Still, it amazes us here at Styleite that a small group of people who approached this business we love so much from different angles all ended up in the same office, patrolling the Internet for its latest news. And that’s how we found this article from Fashionista, detailing how to get a job in fashion.
You’ll have to forgive me for this, but I scrolled straight past the details on jobs in marketing and merchandising and went to the last segment of the post, which talks about fashion journalism. I found it a little surprising that a fashion blog went scant on the details of writing for a fashion blog, but maybe that’s because the editors and writers there thought that information seemed a little too obvious. Still, I think it’s important that people know what to expect when they head off looking for jobs in the field.
Because what it means to be a fashion journalist is different for individual fashion journalists. Some people use it as a way to get more access to the people they’re fans of, others are just good writing about fashion and can’t think of any other profession that would make them happier. My case is a little bit different.
My short-lived career in fashion journalism has taken me from interviewing boutique owners in my college town to chatting with senior vice presidents of major (and minor) brands. I got from point A to point B through hard work at student publications, internships, networking and cold hard persistence when applying for the various gigs I’ve been lucky to land.
And the reason I did it is because I wanted to understand this industry from all angles. Before I got to Styleite, my writing focused on the business of fashion, and how the people who make and sell clothes view and serve their customers. Now that I’m here, I’m focusing on how consumers view the wide world of fashion — from how to preserve your most-loved clothes to how to wear the latest trends. I’ve even written about how to date someone who loves fashion.
Hopefully, I’m able to pass what I learn on to a few people who want to learn more about the industry, too. For me, it’s all about learning everything I can and spreading the knowledge, and think it’s an important service. Because of dedicated fashion journalists, we understand things like why clothing prices are increasing, and we know that as consumers of fashion, we hold a certain level of power over the people who create products for us to buy. I just think that’s fun.
I don’t know where I’m going as a fashion journalist, but I know that I love what I do and I’m happy that I can stand as an example that hard work really can get you somewhere. And at the end of the day, that’s what working in fashion boils down to: loving what you do.
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