How to Start a Fashion Business

by Valencia Higuera; Updated September 26, 2017

Fashion design is an exciting and profitable career. Most designers develop a passion for style and fashion at an early age. In turn, they have dreams of starting their own fashion business or line of clothes. While a career in fashion may seem like a dream job, it’s hard to break into this field. Thus it’s important to conduct research and become familiar with the fashion industry.

Items you will need

  • College degree
  • Sewing machine
  • Portfolio
Step 1

Learn how to sew clothes. Big fashion designers have a team of seamstresses who are responsible for making the actual clothes. However, new designers generally have to create their own styles. They need to know how to sew and how to read a pattern.

Step 2

Keep up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. Fashion styles are constantly changing, and good designers have to stay current. Read fashion magazines, watch fashion shows and associate with other aspiring designers.

Step 3

Attend a fashion school. The best way to break into the fashion business is to obtain a degree from a fashion school. These schools provide excellent training, and they prepare students for the fashion world, which can be cutthroat and unkind.

Step 4

Apply for an internship while still in school. Before graduating from a fashion school, attempt to secure an internship with a fashion designer or company. Many designers offer paid and nonpaid summer internships.

Step 5

Get a job in the fashion industry after graduation. These include opportunities such as fashion merchandiser, fashion design assistant and marketing rep.

Step 6

Choose a market and create a portfolio. People who want to start their own fashion business need to identify a niche and create a portfolio of designs. Sketch the designs, and then create actual pieces.

Step 7

Market the business and sell to clients. There are many ways to gain publicity. Host a fashion show and invite a few retailers or boutiques. New designers can also create a mobile showroom, open a retail shop, start a website or design a catalog.

About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.