If you’re an aspiring fashion designer, or still in design school and you’ve just put together your first clothing line. Now it is time for the public, or industry people to see your creations. You don’t yet have the right connections to put together a professional level fashion show so you need to find an inexpensive and creative way to get some exposure and show off your designs. Hosting your own show is one way to attract some attention and show some initiative. Here are some tips for putting on your first fashion show.
Preparing for the Show
The first thing you’re going to need is a budget, no matter how small, for your show. Even if you have very little money to spend it needs to be spent wisely so you get the most out of your hard earned dollars. The easiest way to cut some costs is to try and find some sponsors. The sponsor doesn’t necessarily need to give you cash they can also provide a venue to hold your show or some other concession. Every little bit helps in the end.
Pick a Theme
Every fashion show has a theme and hopefully your designs can lend a little inspiration. Find something that represents the emotions your style invokes, now decorate around that. You can use fabric and strategic lighting to create the mood you’re looking for. Now you need the right music to complement the theme and your designs.
Finding a Venue
This is probably one of the most challenging parts of putting on your show, finding the right venue. High end big budget shows can book a trendy location, where you don’t have that luxury. You can get more creative with the venue and the better show you will have. If you can book an outdoor venue, they are great locations. Look for a park with a bandstand, a well lit alleyway in the middle of the city. Try and speak with someone who will allow you to use the location for free or very little cost, public spaces are best for that.
Invite Your Audience
Once you have everything ready and booked, now it is time to invite your guests. Invitations can be made fairly cheaply and this is another opportunity to stand out and get creative with your invitations. List all the vital details, the name and date of the event, the featured designer along with the location. Leave some mystery as to what they can expect, it lures the attendees because they want to know what is going on.
Now you’re ready. You’re show is lined up and ready to go, now it is time to let your designs speak for themselves.
Becoming a fashion designer requires that you be a creative person with a keen eye for style and the ability to conceptualize your design. You must also be able to do it in a way that will allow companies to in turn manufacture and sell these designs to consumers. Your designs must also set trends and be considered fashionable and stylish.
Most fashion designers become interested in clothes at a fairly young age. Often they start dressing dolls and toys in different clothes and come up with their own ideas of what to wear and what combinations look good. This goes hand in hand with an addiction to fashion magazines like Vogue and what fashion forward celebrities are wearing. If you want to do this as a career, there are many ways to break into the business.
It goes without saying that if you want a career as a fashion designer then an interest in trends and clothing is a must. Watching designers and shows will give you a good idea about trends and what’s hot. Always be thinking about the future and where these trends are going to go.
Skills You Need
You should learn how to sew and understand how clothing is made. Even though most professional designers don’t actually make their own clothes they do understand fabric and how clothes are put together. You will also need to be able to sew to put together templates of your designs.
As a fashion designer having the ability to sketch and draw is a must. You need to be able to transfer your design from an idea in your head to a visual medium that people can see. You need to be able to produce a detailed and accurate drawing of your ideas, and this needs to reflect accurate body proportions. You will need to understand color and how to mix color together.
If you struggle with the ability to sketch effectively then you should take some design classes. Pursuing a career as a fashion designer doesn’t necessarily require a degree, but you should consider it. You will not only learn effective design techniques but you will also learn the ins and outs of the industry. You may even get the opportunity to intern for one of the big fashion houses, and that experience is invaluable to your career. There are options between programs and some are two year degrees and others are four year degrees.
Build Your Portfolio
Whether you opt to try and strike out on your own or choose to do a degree instead you’re going to need a proper portfolio to showcase your work. Applying for jobs in the fashion industry will require you to produce samples of the designs that you have done. This will give an employer and idea of the styles you design.
Always Be Learning
Fashion is a constantly evolving industry and styles change as fast as you can blink. Pay attention to your industry and see what trends are in style, what will endure and what will be gone tomorrow. The more you know the better your chances of a career in the fashion industry.