Wow, that was a fast six weeks. I’ve just finished Fashion Production, the third section of the ten-week course. This, like the last section of the course, is something completely new to me, and although it was challenging, I’ve had so much fun listening, creating, and discussing the theme with classmates.
As you probably guessed from its name, Fashion Production teaches you about the overall process of bringing a collection to life. It focuses on the making of the clothes — and what is fashion without clothes? Fashion Production is the backbone of the fashion industry, so whether or not you see yourself having a future in this area, it’s essential to know how it works.
Above all else, I’ve learned that the fashion business is just that: a business. I don’t have much of a business background, so it’s great that this course does a quick run-through about the essentials of what you need to know from that perspective of fashion industry. The assignments give you the opportunity to practice these new skills too, which is a great thing to add to my resumé.
Speaking of resumés, I feel much more confident with mine after this section of the course. With the advice of industry experts throughout this course, I’ve worked on improving both my resumé and my LinkedIn, as it’s become clear that this is a very important step when it comes to your career in the fashion industry (or any industry, really).
Here are the five most valuable things I’ve learned from this section of the course:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Taking on a course like this is challenging no matter how experienced you are, and this section in particular reminded me that you should never hesitate to ask for help if you need it, whether it’s a Parsons faculty member, Teen Vogue staffer, your classmates, or even just one of your friends. Other opinions are valuable, and you’ll be surprised how generous people can be with their time and knowledge.
- Do your research. The course offers such great insight into the experiences of some of the fashion industry’s most renowned professionals. If you know what area you see yourself working in, spend some time on LinkedIn to find contacts who’ll help you understand the skills you need to achieve your dreams.
- Make connections. One of the best things you can do to help progress your career is make connections with people working in the area you see yourself working in. When a position becomes available, they’re more likely to put you forward for it if you already have a connection with them.
- Let your creativity flow. In this area of fashion production, I had very little experience, so I had to be creative with the assignments. Creativity is central to fashion, and no matter what you’re doing, you should do your best to express yourself and have fun with it.
Now that I”m more than halfway through this revolutionary (seriously!) online course, I’m feeling really excited and optimistic about my ever-expanding fashion knowledge and skills. All of the lessons have taught me what’s important within the industry while also touching on how fashion is moving into the future, touching on technology, and social media.