It is absolutely nuts, crazy, insane, unbelievable, and absurd whenever I meet fashion graduates coming from elite fashion schools, where they have already spent $45,000 to over $320,000, who are asking Vancouver Sewing Classes (VSC) to help retrain them from the beginning.  As shocking as it seems, I have also met other graduates, in recent years, who have spent as much as $500,000 to $1,000,000 to obtain a fashion degree from the United States or Europe.  

As bizarre as it sounds, many of these fashion graduates coming from these elite fashion schools are incapable of drafting a pattern from scratch, nor can they sew and complete an entire garment in three hours.  They don’t even know how to grade commercial patterns in different sizes or drape a piece of cloth on a dress form.  What the heck are they learning at these fancy, artsy design schools?  In addition, I have seen their fashion illustration drawings that look more like the little stick people you drew when you were in Grade 2!  It is so shocking that people think that, when they pay a lot of money, they will get a better education.  Unfortunately, the reality is that they have been duped and conned big time by these established fashion design institutions.  The saddest part in all of these stories is that these fashion graduates didn’t even realize they were being scammed!  They were completely clueless and blindsided!  The biggest problem in a lot of these cases is that people don’t invest the time to do their research, fact check and ask tough questions!  

What exactly are you getting for your fashion education, when you are paying these huge, premium tuition fees ranging from $45,000 to $1,000,000?  

Ask yourself this simple question… can you get a job that pays as much as $45,000 to $1,000,000 the minute you graduate from your design school?  If not, why would you want to pay these outrageous tuition fees in the first place… for what?  Will your design school guarantee you a job that pays as much as $45,000 to $1,000,000?  Do you have any money left to start your own fashion or e-commerce business when you graduate from your fashion school?

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