Becoming A Fashion Designer? How To Start On The Right Track

by Jan 20, 2018

Why… do you want to become a fashion designer?

This is the most important question to answer.

Why… is it so important?

Because why we do things is the profound reason for our existence. Answering why means knowing the purpose of the life you want to live, that unique life and not any other one.

You live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

American Actress


Now let’s go back to why you are here, reading this post and willing to become a fashion designer.

As an aspiring fashion designer, you have a passion for fashion. This is the first step and a prerequisite to starting any business. Your passion is made of all your emotions behind your dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Your passion is the driving force behind your motivation to work hard enough to become a successful fashion designer.

If you are not motivated enough, you will not overcome the first problems to solve, and there will be challenges to come regularly along the way. It is unavoidable.

If you don’t enjoy what you do, starting a fashion business will be a painful experience. It is not only very demanding regarding work and energy, like any business, but it is also a longevity game.

This is the reason why the dropout rate of the fashion industry is pretty high. You need to persevere in keeping it going to build your brand and garner new customers every day.

Some aspiring fashion designers are not ready for a long commitment. But this shouldn’t be a reason to give up on their dream.

Passion is finding a way.”

Kevin Plank

CEO + Founder, Under Armour

Let’s see how!


Being passionate is vital and being motivated is crucial to make your fashion startup successful, but it’s not enough. You can be excited about different things in life, other than fashion, but you would not want to do business out of all those things.

There is only one passion, strong enough and motivating enough for you, to do business out of, and this is the one with a purpose behind.

Build your business success around something that you love, something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.”

Martha Stewart

American Businesswoman, Martha Stewart

Answering why you want to start your fashion business is key to then move on to how you should do it and what you should do to make it. Answering “Why,” “How” and “What” in that specific order is the way to do business successfully.

If you don’t know that TED talk, it’s worth watching it and listening to Simon Sinek’s crystal clear explanation.

Now that you know your purpose and the reasons why you want to start a fashion business, it’s time to find out how to do it. The beautiful thing about online businesses is that you can decide the size of it according to the outcome you expect and the type of business commitment you are ready for.

Let’s say that, as an aspiring fashion designer, you would like to start your own label and make it grow. This will be your primary job, your main professional activity, your business.

But, what if you are not ready for that at the moment?

Let’s say that, as an aspiring fashion designer, you would like to work for other brands first before starting your own. You can still start a fashion business at a very small scale in parallel. This will be your side job, but still a professional activity, and still your business.

This is why your “why” it is the most important question you need to answer to become a fashion designer. Your answer will then determine the “How” to do it and the “What” to do to make it.


Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession.”

Gabrielle Bernstein

So I am asking you now:

Why do you want to become a fashion designer?


Who decides if you are cut out for becoming a fashion designer?

  • Your fashion teachers?
  • Your fashion degree?
  • Other fashion designers?
  • HR people in fashion houses?
  • Fashion experts?
  • Fashion editors?
  • Fashion investors?
  • Fashion retail buyers?

No. None of the above.

Only yourself and your customers.

And now…

How are you planning to make it your profession?

Please let us know in the comments. Ideas are more precise when written, and they are also very inspiring for others.

This article is about the 1st step of our essential guide for aspiring fashion designers called: 10 Steps To Success – How to start and grow your fashion business. If you would like to know the 10 steps to make it in the fashion business, you can download that guide for free here.

(Photos from Unsplash: Ian Schenider).

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