Here’s the thing, ever since I’ve started university and even before that I knew what I was getting myself into. But so many people have stereotypes about what we do and how we do it. I’m going to break down all the things that are true and all the things that are not.
FICTION: All of us will end up being designers.
None of us are interested in the same things. We might be majoring in the same thing but we’re actually very different. So while some of us will be designers, others will go for brand management, styling, journalism and so on…
FICTION: “What you do is so easy, just have a bit of creativity and know how to draw”
Well we wish it was that easy! Being a designer takes dedication, really hard work to get to the final product. We’re not magicians.
FACT: We do learn how to sew and it’s not as easy as you think
We are taught how to sew, how to work the machine and how to deal with problems along the way. While so many people think it’s easy it requires, like everything we do, attention to detail from the very start of the process to the finishing of our garments to make it look spectacular.
FICTION: There are no job opportunities
If we’re gonna think that way, there are no job opportunities anywhere. Of course it’s not easy to get a job but you have to be a tough cookie and work hard for the things you want, or you’ll never get them.
FACT: There is a lot of pressure and competition
Once you sign up for it you should know you’re signing up for pressure, due dates, late nights. You’re on a clock and a day off isn’t that much of a luxury. Also competition is present but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing but it is encouraging and those people are the ones you’ll be working with for a long time so they’re also gonna be your support system.
FICTION: Fashion people have an attitude problem
Nobody, absolutely nobody likes to work with someone with an attitude problem and we know that. The movies are not quite right about us having an attitude even though you might find some people with that problem. The key is to be a good listener, to know and understand what is asked of you, to be kind to slowly go up the ladder. Nobody ever gains respect by treating people like crap and pretending they’re superior to everyone else.
FICTION: It’s all fashion shows cocktail parties and brunch by the sea
If by fashion shows you mean late nights working, and brunch early morning work then yes.
FICTION: “So you’re gonna do my wedding dress ? For free right? ” – Every person you meet
You know we don’t just do dresses and no I’m not gonna work for free, you do know it’s a ton of work and not a scene from Cinderella.
I think that’s all for now. Do you have any stereotypes concerning your job/major? Tell me about it in the comment section below and don’t forget to subscribe for to stay updated on our latest posts.