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Do you love window-shopping, looking at fashion magazines, and sharing your latest fashion “find” with all your friends? Do you think about how great it would be to get paid to “do” what you really love?… Fashion! I mean, after all, we spend most of our waking hours at work, right? So everyone should have the opportunity to live, breathe, and eat what we enjoy most. The styles, the trends, the glamour, the opportunity! The first step you're going to need is to get an education in Fashion Design. Find your dream design school by checking out our list of the Top Fashion Schools in the world-
A college of the University of the Arts London, Central St. Martins’ elite fashion design program is a clear winner. Location is always critical. Being in the heart of London provides inspiration and full access to cultural and industry resources. What’s more, the teaching staff is legendary. Professor Louise Wilson has schooled all the greats–from McQueen to Giles Deacon–and she’s become an international fashion figure because of it. Further evidence of its importance, and influence: It’s the only fashion school that has its runway shows archived on Style.com. Wow!
Get started: http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/
Parsons is located in the heart of New York City’s Garment District, providing easy access to industry resources. Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and they have turned out tons of marquee name talent, particularly in the last ten years. Many of their famous grads are now part of the faculty. Workshops and critiques by Donna Karan and the Proenza Schouler guys, events like these are commonplace. Most of the faculty members work in the areas in which they teach. What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued.
Get started: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/
The Royal Academy is an elite design school. It’s known for its serious students–many drop out because they can’t handle the workload. If you’re exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative, and avant garde sensibility, this may be the place for you. It’s part of one of the oldest design schools in the world, and has produced some stellar talent in the past 20 years. (Oh, and you better learn Dutch!)
Get started: http://www.antwerp-fashion.be/
The College is spread out over six different sites in London, so students are surrounded by the energy of this incredible (and my favorite) city. It has a fashion design program, but the fashion journalism program is the standout here. Just looking at the courses of study tells you that this is no ordinary university. There are many unique programs that you won’t find anywhere else. Beauty therapy, cosmetic science (yes, the chemistry side of beauty), fashion broadcast journalism, fashion curation and criticism, fashion business, footwear and accessories, makeup and image styling. The catalogs made even me want to pick up and move to London.
Get started: http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/
In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts, and countless other fashion-related degrees. The campus of FIT is located in NYC in the heart of the Garment District, so the school has access to incredible resources and professionals. FIT has relationships with designers and industry professionals who critique student work and offer workshops, and the museum boasts one of the most extensive fashion archives anywhere. Connections with organizations such as the CFDA ensure that students get a lot of real world experience. And it’s part of the State University of NY, so it’s much cheaper than most fashion schools, which is a big concern for plenty of incoming students. The downside? It hasn’t produced a hot designer in several years.
Get started: http://fitnyc.edu/
Think you've got what it takes to become the next Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, or Coco Chanel? Pack your bags and head to your school of choice cause you never know when the Fashion’s changing. And remember if you are a guy, Fashion School is the best place to be a ‘chic’ magnet!