|Photo Credit: Caroline Levy Bencheton
Do you know a career in the fashion industry is your calling but not exactly certain which route to go? Ever sat down and realized you absolutely love the logistics fashion shows but not sure if you can obtain a career within that realm? If you have ever felt this way then trust me you are not alone! Tons of millennials are struggling with the same conflict (including myself) and when fashion is thrown into the mix it’s a whole different story. With an industry so broad and filled with tons of career choices, it can be hard for anyone to know specifically where they will end up.
After being exposed to fashion show production for many years now, I am almost convinced that it is my calling! Here is fashion show production explained by Alexandre de Betak, founder of Bureau Betak (he planned shows for designers such as Christian Dior, Jason Wu, and Michael Kors):
“My role, ultimately, is to translate and enhance the best, the most personal aspects of a designer or brand, the core of their identity. And my role is also to oversee everything, to ensure that all individual elements of a fashion show tell the same story. The process is not just intuitive, that’s a myth. It involves a lot of research and reasoning and there’s a real method behind what motivates the choices to do whatever I do, whether it is a fashion show, an event, an exhibition or a film.”
1. Planning is your second nature
2. You enjoy being behind the scenes
You’ll also have to remember that being behind the scenes means you may not be able to converse with the hottest bloggers or latest fashion editors all the time. You’ll have to focus on the task at hand, which is making sure the show is going smoothly.
3. You work well with others
4. You work well under pressure
5. You accept that fashion isn’t always glamorous (but you love shows!)
One piece of advice I’ve heard numerous times from those in the industry is that fashion isn’t always glamorous. A ton of hard work goes into fashion related occupations and I am sure it gets difficult at times. One thing I do know is that if you truly love what you do, the extra stress that comes with the job can be managed. Work life balance is necessary when having a fashion occupation (or any occupation for that matter) and you should plan accordingly.
Ready to kick start your fashion production career? Then embark on this fashion journey with me!