How I Survived Fashion School and Why It Has Been a Lifelong Learning

Everyone talks about what school to choose, if it’s better studying abroad, academy or university. But no one tells you how you will come out (alive) of this experience.

Talking to a fashion student would probably lead you to the conclusion that it’s not worth attending it at that cost. I don’t agree with that, because I firmly believe that every experience has a lot to teach us.

Of course I would suggest some schools over others, but I wouldn’t say that some are useless. I would say that they are all deadly. I can shout “I’m a survivor” out loud!

Do you want to defend yourself from major fashion schools threatens? Here you are.

  • You won’t eat for about 4 years. You and your family will have all your money spent over your school’s fees. Moreover, you’ll probably have to buy all the things you need by yourself, paper and Pantone included!
  • No, ok, the first step was ironic, now I’ll be serious, I promise:
  • You are going to be super busy for the whole length of the course. You are going to attend many different courses, and each subject is going to require the same commitment. It’s like being a fashion designer already, a fabric expert, a marketing worker, a costume designer, a pattern designer, a stylist, and everything at the same time.
  • You are going to be super worried for what to put on in the morning. The problem is that everyone in your school is a likely stinging critic of your outfits. Most of the time they will talk about it behind your back, if you’re unlucky, they will say it roughly in your face. Even your teachers. And they will judge you by what you are wearing of course, beside of judging you on how well you can draw.
  • You have to be very strong. I mean strong in your style. Every teacher will try to influence you a bit too much. Try hard to be yourself, and keep your self-esteem high. But don’t deny the communication between you and who’s around you: your teacher will eventually disagree on your choices, but if you’re sure about yourself and your style, they will respect your ideas.
  • Keep in mind that you are out of high school. A fashion school is not actually a school. It is a job. You are starting to work in fashion industry the very first day you step into your first course.

Think about it this way, and you will go the right way!

    • Ideas must be above everything else, also quality. I mean that you have to come up with many good ideas you can, and you have to depict them in a good way. But if you keep yourself plunged in a drawing for a whole afternoon, you won’t be able to finish a 100 drawings project, and show all of your fantastic ideas.
  • Please please please stay true to yourself. Learn the basics, the methods, the know-how, but don’t let anyone speak a word about your style. This is something you have to grow in by yourself. Teacher’s suggestions must be welcome, but you have to keep going your way. Don’t be afraid to show yourself, you won’t regret it, I tell you.
  • Last but not least, be kind. You have to keep good relationships with colleagues, other students, teachers and pr of your school. Those people are the ones who will find you internships, jobs and support for all the length of your courses, and later.