Everybody wants to be successful in the fashion industry, but what does it take to achieve that?  Success requires a lot of practice, self-discipline, sacrifice, and resilience.  Success is never achieved easily; otherwise, it would be meaningless.  Fashion design requires a lot of sewing, pattern drafting, French draping, pattern grading and Tec Pack preparation.  Unfortunately, if you don’t make the time to practise and master these technical skills, your fashion design career will come to a dead end, and fashion design will prove to be the wrong career choice for you.  Furthermore, you will not be able to handle all of the stress that comes with this business.  Self-discipline is an important quality that you must develop very early on in your fashion career, so you can meet all of the contractual deadlines and commitments.  Not only do you have to be self-disciplined, but also you have to be detailed in everything you do.  People often make mistakes in the fashion business, and, whether the mistake is big or small, it will cost time and money.  So, if you want less stress in your life and want to maximize profits in the apparel industry, you must pay attention to all of the little details.  Finally, you will have to make many sacrifices during your fashion design career – costs that will help you to better appreciate and cherish your success.  This means that you will have to put in a lot of hard work, whether you are investing time in practising or working late at night or early in the morning, and you will likely have to work weekends, and perhaps seven days a week, for the first few years of running your business.  Many younger people won’t succeed in the fashion industry because they are not willing to put in the hard work and perseverance required.  Everyone is looking for a free handout and a quick fix for all of their problems and personal challenges.  Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to success, which means you have to put in a lot more effort to get to the finish line.  If you don’t work hard now, you will never know your full potential.

– Chris Falcon is a Canadian designer and fashion educator with over 35 years of experience in the garment design and manufacturing business.