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Working in Fashion Merchandising

February 6, 2009 0 Comments

Many students across the nation have a passion for fashion, clothing and design. But fashion isn't only about creating new looks and designs. A large amount of fashion professionals that work within the fashion industry work with designers, retailers, shippers and more to ensure the best product reaches the consumer. Many fashion professionals are studying clothing trends and consumer behavior, and learning why people dress the way they do. So if you have a passion for discovering new fashion trends and starting new fads among your friends, perhaps a career in fashion merchandising is right for you.

The Importance of Education
It takes more than a hip sense of style to get your foot in the door of this creative industry. Employers are looking for students with a strong foundation in fashion merchandising classes and real hands on experience working in this fast-paced field. Fashion merchandising courses can help you pursue this career by instilling the skills and knowledge you can use throughout your career. Fashion merchandising courses can also help you find your niche in the extensive world of fashion and better prepare you for the working world.

Selecting a fashion merchandising course with an internship or externship program can be particularly useful. Working in the industry and having hands-on experience are attractive to potential employers. It ensures them that you are aware of the working environment and can handle the daily activities and challenges fashion merchandisers face. This hands-on component to your degree is growing as a popular way to introduce students to the industry connected with their field of study.

What Fashion Merchandising Classes Offer
So, just what will you learn in fashion merchandising class? While different fashion merchandising classes may cover different topics, students in fashion merchandising classes usually learn how to manufacture, buy, and promote new fashions. Curriculum often revolves around:

  • Learning fabrics and textiles
  • Society and Consumer Trends
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Business Practices
  • Retail Management
  • And much more.

What It Takes
To succeed in this competitive field, emerging professionals must be able to face many challenges. Having a strong passion and interest in fashion, clothing, and fabrics is essential. Fashion merchandising professionals are often both creative and analytical. This is a rare and valuable skill set. The ability to understand color, design and creative concepts is a must. Marketing and promoting fashion requires your ability to think in numbers and follow strict logic. Those who enjoy working on long projects and building a product from concept to consumer tend to do well in this environment. If this sounds like you, perhaps a career in fashion merchandising is what you have been waiting for. Fashion merchandising classes are your first step towards pursuing this career and building your skill set in fashion merchandising.

Fashion merchandising combines many skills and talents. To learn more about fashion merchandising classes and fashion merchandising courses available in Hazelwood, click here.

Sanford-Brown - Hazelwood is close to many locations:
Ballwin, MO - approximately 22.2 miles
Saint Peters, MO - approximately 17.6 miles
O'Fallon, MO - approximately 22.3 miles
St. Louis, MO - approximately 20.8 miles


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