If you wish to become successful as a fashion designer, you need to start early. Preparation is the KEY element to your success! If you are planning to register or continue your education in any fashion studio or institution, you might want to conduct some careful research, such as comparing and reviewing all of the facts, savings, costs, freebies, and program syllabus/content, before you make that big commitment. Why waste your money and time if you are not getting REAL quality, substance and results in your fashion design career training? In the long-term, being well-informed will help you save time and money on your life skill investment and career.

We see more and more fashion design institutions using glossy ad campaigns on TV, online and in print to lure the young and naive into their web of false promises. These institutions often fall far short on their promises of delivering actual results for their graduates. Incredibly, many graduates of fashion design colleges and universities are leaving school with either limited or no knowledge of or skills in sewing, pattern drafting, French draping or grading. This will have a long-lasting detrimental effect on a student’s future employment and business opportunities. In the world of fashion, you no longer need a university degree or a college diploma to get a job or start your own business. What you really need is a REAL life and trade skill, experience, and confidence to be successful. At the end of the day, your skills and experience are what every single employer wants at the job interview and on your first day on the job, NOT your degree or diploma.

Why spend all your money with a fashion design institution that cannot guarantee your career success, while you have no money left to start-up your own fashion line or business because the school has already taken all of your money?!? In addition, you will have no real practical fashion design skills to even get a job in the apparel industry!

For example, rather than spending your entire $45,000 to upwards of $150,000 of your savings/loans on a fashion design institution, you should be only investing a small portion of that money towards learning a REAL practical fashion design trade skill at Vancouver Sewing Classes, then using the remaining money to fund your own fashion line/business. We strongly encourage all of our student clients to invest 50%-70% of their school tuition fees into their business equity, capital and branding, rather than handing over 100% of all of their hard-earned money to fashion colleges and universities.

– Chris Falcon is a Canadian designer and fashion educator with over 30 years of experience in the garment design and manufacturing business.