Fashion is everywhere. Every single article of clothing produced is a form of fashion from the very plain to the extremely elaborate. Shirts, pants, jewelry, shoes, handbags and hairclips and much more all fall into the broad category of “fashion.” Fashion is a subject that fascinates many people—especially young women—and the fashion industry is one of the largest in the entire world. From high-end designers that sell apparel for thousands of dollars per item to shirts in discount malls, all fashion begins in the minds of creative individuals.
The fashion industry is notoriously competitive and hard to break into. In order for a person to have a truly good shot at becoming a designer they are usually required to attend a fashion/design college and attain a degree in such subjects. Even with such credentials in hand, it is impossible to say if someone will find long-term success in the industry that runs on forever changing fads and trends. Yet there are always options to get clothing ideas produced and these options increase as the Internet allows more designers to sell freelance ideas to companies that are willing to produce them. Hence, if a child truly wants to seek a career in fashion parents should not automatically deter them.
Those who truly wish to become fashion designers should make an effort to draw up every design that enters their head and create a portfolio. Then seek opportunities to talk to others who are interested in design via blogs. Depending on where one lives, there might be opportunities to go to “fashion camps” that enable children to learn about designing in a hands-on environment. Learning skills like sewing and embroidery is also a big plus and, when it comes time to select a college, attending a school that is well-regarded for designing programs is the wisest choice. Furthermore, creating a free LinkedIn account and showing off your fashions via Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are also great ways to advertise your work (although make sure it’s trademarked before it’s broadcasted).
Fashion is a difficult industry to break into and there will be very few people who gain the success of Alexander McQueen or Tommy Hilfiger. That said, the fashion industry is also large and inclusive of many styles and so, if one truly has the passion and skills, then they are sure to find some success in the business. Children who are homeschooled and have more time to develop personal interests than traditionally schooled children should certainly be encouraged and supported by their parents in these endeavors since they might very well turn out to be quite successful one day. After all, every great career starts with an interest in the subject and a dream to do well in it.