Wednesday, February 20

Are you interested in beginning your career in the fashion industry? I've been really researching around to see where many designers got their start into the business. After talking to the lead designer at GC (where I intern) and learning about the story of Donna Karan I realized that this is where it all begins, in college, and then it expands beyond. Karan began as an assistant to Anne Klein and worked her way up the ladder. After Klein passed away, Karan was given ownership of the company. I found that to be an inspiration. She began wher so many other interns and assistant got their start and now she has her own multi-million dollar company and offices across the country including one right on 7th Ave, right around the corner from my office. I hope you all are as inspired as I am. Here's the scoop of where some of your fave designers began their careers and how you can follow suit.

Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Calvin Klein
  • Norma Kamali
  • Jhane Barnes

Parsons School of Design
  • Donna Karan
  • Mark Badgley & James Mischka
  • Tom Ford
  • Anna Sui

St. Martins School of Art
  • Alexander McQueen

Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
  • Issey Miyake
The Unconventional Path

Gianni Versace had no formal training but learned tailoring from his mother
Started on a different path
Vivienne Westwood was a teacher
Thierry Mugler was a dancer
Christian Dior was an art dealer
Miuccia Prada aquired a PhD in political science
Joan Vass was a museum curator

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