If you fancy a career in fashion but don’t fancy becoming a model and starring in front of the camera, or aren’t quite in control when it comes to the camera itself, there are plenty of other career options. Here are just some of the many suggestions from modelling agency Models Direct whether you’re only just beginning to consider what job you’d like in the future or if you’re craving a career change.
Fashion stylist. Fashion stylists are responsible for the images we see in magazines, whether it’s high fashion or something slightly less glamorous. They are given a design brief to work from and, working with a team including photographers and designers, they bring the ideas to life. Jobs will include talking to PR companies and retailers; finding the right outfits and props and ensuring they get to the set and helping to dress the models. In this position you will need to be a good networker and have a keen eye for all the emerging fashion trends.
Fashion journalist. Thanks to the internet and free blogging sites it’s become a lot easier to gain experience of fashion journalism – take Tavi Gevinson for example. To become a fashion journalist you will need to be truly passionate about fashion and writing, with a good eye for a story. You will need to be able to work to strict deadlines and make the most of any experience you can get, even if it’s just at a local paper. As a fashion journalist you will attend press open days and shows, interview fashion industry professionals and review everything that’s new in the world of fashion.
Fashion forecaster. Clothes need to be designed and made months before they will appear in shops, and fashion forecasters predict what trends will be popular in the future. To do this you need to be up to date on events, culture and anything in the media that could affect consumers. For example, types of music or films that are becoming popular and will likely inspire clothing styles. As a fashion forecaster you would work with retailers, wholesalers and websites.
Fashion buyer. As a fashion buyer you can work for any fashion retailer. Buyers have to interpret trends each season and contribute to the buying strategy of a shop as well as helping with the budget. To become a fashion buyer you need to be imaginative and creative but remain organised and objective, with good planning skills.
Fashion promotion and PR. When working in fashion public relations and promotion you will need to be driven, creative, an excellent communicator and highly organised. PRs work to maintain a positive image of the designer or brand that they are working for. You could be writing up press releases, distributing news through the media or arranging fashion shows to showcase the clothing.
About Models Direct
Models Direct (http://www.modelsdirect.com) is a talent and model agency for female models, male models, teen models, child models and baby models for advertising, fashion, film, TV, promotional and photographic modelling work. We are a Government-regulated Model Employment Agency… not an online showcase, we’re the real thing!
If you think you, or perhaps your partner, child, baby or pet, might be a suitable model for us to put forward for selection to appear in films, TV, fashion, promotions, advertisements and photographic modelling, please visit the website (http://www.modelsdirect.com/become-a-model) or call us on +44 (0)871 224 6000. Modelling can be great fun & often rewarding as a part time hobby.
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