Are you considering a career in fashion? There's so much more to the fashion industry than designing the clothes, which means that a wide variety of careers are on offer. The internet has also opened up new avenues for anyone who wants to work in fashion. So if you're unsure what you want to do, these are the hottest careers for women in fashion right now …
Do you love putting an outfit together and following all the latest trends in fashion? Then you could become a stylist, one of the most exciting jobs in fashion. A stylist chooses outfits for photo shoots, so you'll need to have plenty of ideas and a knack for pulling together the perfect outfit. You could also become a personal stylist and work with individual clients on improving their look.
Journalism also offers many opportunities for lovers of fashion, both in traditional print media and online. You'll need a degree and lots of practical experience such as internships (journalism is an extremely competitive industry). It's also essential to build up contacts in the industry.
Another way to get your foot in the door of the fashion industry is to become a blogger. You'll need to gain a substantial following for your blog to open up other opportunities though. You'll need good writing and photography skills, as well as a niche to make your blog stand out.
If you're good at predicting trends, you could have a career as a buyer. The buyer is responsible for selecting garments and dealing with suppliers. She must be skilled at choosing items that will sell; no retailer wants to be left with racks of unsold clothes! Buyers may focus on one particular area, such as shoes, and become very knowledgeable about the market they're selling to.
5. Display and Visual Presentation
You've probably heard of 'window dressing', which is more commonly known now as visual presentation. Display and visual merchandisers are not only responsible for organising window displays, but also the displays on the shop floor. Their job is to attract customers with a visually appealing display. A creative mind and a flair for the visual is essential for this career.
6. Celebrity Relations Coordinator
Have you ever wondered who persuades celebrities to endorse brands and wear the clothes of a particular designer? If you love the idea of working with famous people, this could be the job for you. The role of the celebrity relations coordinator is to identify the right celebs for their brand and coordinate with them. You'll need to be comfortable dealing with well-known people.
7. Cool Hunter
What on earth is a cool hunter? It's someone whose job is to predict and spot new trends. Companies want to know what's going to be big in the near future, so they can get in on the action. As a cool hunter, you should be highly interested in trends and constantly watching and observing popular culture.
With most careers in fashion you will need to gain a lot of unpaid experience to get your first paid role. You could also be working very long hours and traveling. But in return you'll have an exciting career (and hopefully plenty of free clothes!) Which designer, fashion magazine, or store would you like to work with?