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“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well”

Fashion is the largest employer of all the UK's creative industries. The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 797,000 jobs and its direct value to the UK economy is estimated at £26bn. The sector also provides opportunities to minority groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries. (British Fashion Council)

Some of the above may require, or give preference to graduates with, a relevant degree.

These pages include resources to all the above carer and course areas as well as links to recruitment agencies, job sites and sites giving general information about careers in fashion.

“Fashion is all about happiness. It’s fun. It’s important. But it’s not medicine”

  • Breaking into the Fashion industry from the website

  • How To Get A Job in Fashion in

  • British Fashion organisation that aims to further the interests of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses. Its activities include London Fashion Week.

  • Creative Skillset fashion and textiles careers

  • Fashion Unitedhttps://fashionunited.ukFashion jobs, the latest fashion news and apparel business network for the UK fashion industry

  • Fashion Industry A business network for the fashion industry including blogs and directories

  • How to break into the fashion industry: Guardian live chat

  • Job Profile of a retail buyer from the Prospects website

  • Job profile of a retail buyer from the TARGETJobs website

  • How to sell your skills in fashion buyer interviews

  • See our retail careers page

Designers usually specialise in one sector of the market such as menswear or children's clothes. Most design businesses are based in London, especially Central London. There are around 4,000 fashion graduates each year and only 500 jobs, but highly talented designers are still in demand. Designers may start on £18,000 to £22,000 and senior designers can earn up to £60,000. Around half of all fashion designers are self-employed. You spend a lot of time designing on a computer, but there are also good opportunities for overseas travel.

  • A beginner’s guide to fashion trend forecasting

  • Trendzoom fashion trend forecasting service

  • The future of fashion forecasting

The ability to be a successful fashion journalist requires very specific skills relating to writing, visual appreciation and a technical understanding of fashion which touches on a broad range of influences.

  • What you need to know to get into fashion writing – Vogue article by Tim Blanks

  • Interview with former Cosmopolitan editor Louise Court

Fashion is not a separate legal discipline and only a few firms (listed below) have a specialist practice in this area. A good all-round knowledge of commercial law, especially intellectual property and contract law, is essential.

Fashion merchandising is a rather broad term that can be used to describe the business side of the fashion industry. Professionals with a fashion merchandising career must still have an eye for style, but they should also have a head for business as well.

This field involves buying, pricing, marketing, displaying, and selling certain types of garments and accessories. (Fashion Merchandising: where Fashion meets Business)

Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.

  • Working in fashion PR – Guardian Q&

  • What no-one tells you about working in fashion

  • How to get an entry-level job in fashion

  • Career Focus: Work in Fashion PR from Rate My

  • Website and blog centred on the fashion industry and all its related cousins, including photography, illustration, film, design, hair, beauty, lifestyle and the arts.

  • See our PR pages

The news and blog pages of these agencies’ sites will give useful background on the fashion PR industry even where they do not have any current vacancies.

  • B Public Relations (BPR)www.boudoir-pr.comFashion and Beauty PR agency in London offering fully integrated Global PR, Social Media & VIP campaigns; dedicated divisions with expertise across sectors including fashion, beauty, health & wellbeing, parenting, automotive and luxury goods

  • Bright Light fashion PR agency in London specialising in beauty, travel and lifestyle.

  • Push London-based independent full-service communications agency specialising in luxury fashion, jewellery, beauty, lifestyle and health & fitness brands. Offers internships.

  • Task Fashion and lifestyle PR agency based in London and Munich.

  • Specialises in lifestyle communications including fashion, beauty, luxury, wellbeing and fitness. Offers internships.

Just like a shopaholic’s wardrobe, the choice of jobs in fashion retail is endless. From the shop floor in a sales assistant role (part-time experience in this role is a valuable first step into the fashion business), behind the scenes in distribution, or deciding what should be stocked in the first place in a buying and merchandising role, there’s something for every interest.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated”

Fashion CVs must embody style, flair, knowledge of the fashion industry and evidence of creativity. At the same time, as with any CV, they must set out the information that the employer will need to make a decision as clearly as possible and be tailored to the needs and ethos of the company and the particular job you are applying for.

If you are applying for “creative” roles, such as design, you will need a CV that shows your creative flair and a Portfolio of your work. See our pages on How to Write a Creative CV

The Creative CV Guide by Jan Cole, published by the University of the Arts London, University of the Creative Arts and University College Falmouth is a superb resource for fashion CVs

CV, covering letter and interview tips from a fashion recruitment agency

A Master’s degree is not normally essential for entering many areas of the fashion business, but may be helpful in showing your commitment and focus and developing contacts within the industry – especially if the course includes opportunities for internships. The courses listed below are designed for, or will accept applications from, graduates in subjects other than fashion and textiles.

  • LondonCollegeof Courses include Graduate Diploma in Fashion Management; MA in Fashion Design Management; MA in Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation; MA in Fashion Retail Management; MA Strategic Fashion Marketing; Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion Buying and Marketing; Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling; MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion; MA Fashion Journalism and MA Fashion Futures

  • University of WestminsterMA in Fashion Business Management

  • Heriot-Watt UniversityMSc in International Fashion Marketing Developed in partnership with George Davies, founder of Next, George@Asda, and Per Una, this MSc focuses on all aspects of the fashion retail experience, from design right through to the shop floor

  • Nottingham Trent UniversityMA in Fashion Marketing & MA in Fashion Communications

  • University of ManchesterMSc International Fashion Retailing

  • Domus Academy, Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising; Fashion Design; Fashion Management and Luxury Brand Management

  • IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), MA in Fashion Marketing - From Strategy to Branding

  • Instituto Masters and short courses in Milan, Florence, Paris, London and Shanghai. Courses include Fashion Design; Fashion Promotion, Communication and Media; Contemporary Fashion Buying; Fashion and Luxury Brand Management; Fashion and Law and Fashion Entrepreneurship.

  • PolimodaInternational Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing Based in Florence, Polimoda offers Masters including Fashion Brand Management; Fashion Entreprise; Fashion Marketing and Communication; Fashion Merchandising and Buying; Fashion Styling; Fashion Trend Forecasting;

  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New Masters in Global Fashion Management

  • the oldest fashion school in France. Offers short courses and a Masters in the Fashion Business

  • University of Boras, SwedenMasters in Fashion Marketing and Management Two-year programme taught in English

  • Christian Bassettwww.christianbassett.comrecruits into retail management, buying and merchandising, allocation, operations, design, PR & Marketing, field-based roles, human resources and visual merchandising opportunities for luxury and leading contemporary designer brands,

  • Fashion jobs, careers advice, news and profiles of people working in all areas of the fashion industry

  • Four specialise in recruiting for Fashion and Retail jobs from Graduates upwards.

  • Profiles fashion, retail, marketing, PR and design roles

  • Fashion Site includes fashion news, advice and a blog.

  • Fashion Fashion jobs, the latest fashion news and apparel business network for the UK fashion industry including internships and traineeships

  • Fashion Free portal for finding Jobs, Internships, Work Placements etc in a wide range of roles within the Fashion & Beauty industry.

  • Graduate jobs in retail

Last fully updated August 2016

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