INDUSTRY TIPS: FASHION DESIGNApril 25, 2014
Bridging the gap between graduation to employment ain’t no stroll in the park – in fact, it’s like a real-time version of The Apprentice, except you’re probably not brimming with boring buzzwords and a false sense of self-importance that would make Kanye look humble.
To help you get ahead of the job-hungry pack, we hunted down Amsterdam’s Boyband Collective – a group of experts who know just what to do when taking your first steps into a creative career.
Luuk Varkevisser – Fashion Design
Luuk made a lasting impression with his urban-inspired menswear collection when he graduated from Artez Institute for the Arts as a fashion designer in 2012. Earning his stripes as a denim designer and trend researcher at H&M, Luuk now works on freelance projects in Amsterdam.
Below are Luuk’s no-nonsense tips on how to get into fashion design.
Take every opportunity you get. Even if it’s not your first choice, go for it. Put your pride on the shelf and work your ass off. You’re young; getting experience is vital before you can live the dream.
Be open, social and likeable. You have to learn how to communicate with people without scaring them off. You’re not the only one with talent, but your personality is unique. Show that to the world, and let them see what they’re going to miss out on if they don’t hire you.
Take risks and put yourself out there. You’re the face of your work. E-mail/write/call/send a pigeon to every label you want to work for. If a label that’s not on your list contacts you, see first tip.
Always be creative. Don’t lose yourself if things don’t turn out the way you planned. Remember to always be creative in every way you can, otherwise your soul will die.
Have fun – NEVER forget that. You’re not inventing a cure for cancer. You’re designing clothes. So don’t take shit too seriously, and laugh at the people who do.
Head back to our student hub to find more tips from the BoyBand Collective, details on student events, plus a cheeky 20% off with Unidays too.