How to Get Into Fashion School

Regardless of the fashion design course you want to study, there will be three main criteria which you will be judged by and allowed into a fashion school.

The more prestigious schools reject baseless claims in appeal letters like “I have a passion for fashion” or “I am brimming with creativity”. But most admission staff will see for themselves by looking through your portfolio. The requirements of entering fashion schools are usually simple – you have to be a high school graduate with at least three passes; have a passable level of English communication skills to understand lectures; and a portfolio to show that you are capable of keeping pace with the class.

More details on the three basic entry requirements for fashion design schools:

1) High School Qualifications
Good grades in high school are only needed in more prestigious schools. But if you are willing to learn in private fashion schools, satisfactory passes will be fine. Important subjects to score in are your language skills (especially English) and art subjects.

Although most fashion schools judge their potential students based on portfolio, good grades in every subject reflects well on you. Students with good grades are usually viewed as attentive and dedicated.

2) Satisfactory Language Skills
You will need a good command of English to understand what your classes are about. Theory exams will usually be conducted in that language too, so having strong language skills will help you pull up your grades in these areas.

If you plan to take up fashion design courses in countries like Japan or Korea, you will need to take up language courses in Japanese or Korean as those will be your medium of instruction.

Most international fashion schools around the world conduct their lectures in English.
International businesses around the world use English too. Being good in English can also help you read many informative fashion books to guide you along the way. Having fluency in this language will definitely benefit you as a future fashion designer.

3) Your Design Portfolio
This is probably the toughest of the three requirements to build. Your portfolio will prove your capability to conceptualize, draw and design. It shows the skills your overall ability and potential as a designer. Portfolios that display good designs and those with assignments done for real companies will give you good entry opportunities.

To get started, read up as much as you can about fashion. Go online, search through libraries and talk to friends who know something about fashion. Or you can read my tutorial on how to build a fashion design portfolio.

Once you have designed around three or five pieces for your portfolio and assembled it together, send the soft copy to the schools of your choice and apply for your dream course!

Audio Books: The Pros And Cons Of The Different Methods

When I was young I read all the books written by Douglas Adams. I liked it so much that I have managed to persuade my parents to buy the audio books of the titles I have read. I remember getting larges boxes with up to twenty audio cassettes for each book and listening to one cassette each night.

Today one can get audio books in 3 different methods – audio books on cassettes, audio books on CDs and audio books on MP3 or other media files. In this article I will examine the pros and cons of each audio book method.

1. Audio books on cassettes are the oldest method. Their quality is moderate. However, their quality maintains stable for long periods.

Each cassette usually contains one or two chapters of the audio book. Most of the listeners find it inconvenient to change the cassettes so frequently. However, some find it easy having a cassette for each chapter.

The main disadvantage of audio books on cassettes is the fact that audio book on cassettes weight more than the old fashioned book and occupies more space. It is definitely less convenient.
Furthermore, it costs more than the same title on all other methods – the old fashioned book, audio book on a CD or on an MP3 file.

2. Audio books on CDs exist in the market for more than 10 years. However, this method is not as popular as one think it should be. Although it is cheaper and far more convenient than audio books on cassettes it is still as common as audio books on cassettes used to be. Some tend to ascribe this phenomenon to the mass return to the old fashioned books in the past few years.

3. Audio books on MP3 or other media files have many advantages – they are much cheaper than the other audio books’ methods, they occupy no physical space at all and their quality is good. Their popularity increased enormously in the past year, but they are still less popular than the other audio books’ methods. It is estimated that the popularity of MP3 mobile players as IPod will initiate a revolution considering audio books.

The Importance of a Book Design

A good book is always desirable. It can open up your world to possibilities that were unimaginable. Having a great fashion design book has the same effect. It can introduce you to a world of latest style collections.

Good books teach you things but better books helps you realize your aspirations and make your own statements. They instill in you a desire and enough information for you to be able to seek out your dreams and aspirations.

When buying a fashion book buy one that fit your needs perfectly. Buy something that showcases what you are into. Why buy fashion book for jeans when you always prefer and are into tailored trousers.

When you want to gain the best information on fashion it is worth trying the famous books. These are however much more expensive than normal books. Buying them off garage sales are much more cheaper though.

For those who want to learn they have to buy less commercial books that focuses on teaching rather than on adverts.

Try and find out books that are prescribed for fashion students as they teach more and are more recommended by designers that have been in the business for long. These are normally perfect for someone who wants to learn all about the fashion business.

A good fashion designer book when bought must be preserved after it has been used. Take adequate care of it and keep it well and protected. Don’t throw it away or damage it when you have seen all there is to see in it as you will require the same information again.

Preserving the books will provide a reference point. You can pick them up again and refresh your memory. If you end up discarding them you might find it difficult to get the same books when you actually need them to refresh yourself.

Top Fashion Books

Doing research on fashions and fashion trends involves much more than just reading a few blog posts or magazines on the subject. Typically, you can find a huge variety of excellent books on the subject of men’s clothing fashions by searching Amazon.com. In fact, you will find 13,218 results for “men’s fashion.”

Though we are bespoke tailors and not literary critics we are well read in our field. We are listing the following fashion books as the top 5 sellers and we feel that they are must-reads for the novice who wants to learn more about the men’s fashion.

1) Details Men’s Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You by Daniel Peres – this is one of the most sophisticated guides for creating the ideal men’s wardrobe. The publication offers you advice on dressing from head-to-toe, especially when it comes to choosing the proper fit, a classic look, and the latest style. No “dress-up” situation is left untouched whether it’s the big boardroom meeting or a casual weekend evening out dancing and dining. This is a must-read for those men who want to catch up on the fashion industry and afford themselves a better look.

2) The Men’s Fashion Reader by Peter McNeil and Vicki Karaminas – the book covers the culture, history, and identity of men’s fashions as well as providing need-to-know information on methods of approaching the issue, research and development of different style trends, and related case studies. Other themes such as fashion history, the media, subcultures, and fashion theories are also covered. Additionally, every section concludes in annotated fashion with recommendations on further related reading.

3) Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress by Russell Smith – this witty yet informative guide to men’s fashions provides excellent illustrations and suggestions regarding male attire. Topics such as purchasing dress watches, selecting tweed garments, and tucking in your shirt are covered in this excellent fashion guide. This is the consummate guide for elegant men as well as the ultimate cultural survey of men’s fashion trends.

4) Men’s Fashion Illustrations from the Turn of the Century (Dover Pictorial Archive Series) by Jon. J. Mitchell Co. and Jean L. Druesedow – a little bit of history regarding clothing styles of the early 1900’s. The book also discusses accessories such as canes, gloves, spats. Whether it’s checked and striped business suits, elegant formal wear, fur-trimmed trench coats, or sporty jackets and knickers, you’re apt to find content about it in this book.

5) Men’s Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook by John Peacock – fashion styles and trends are documented by this former BBC designer. If you consider yourself to be somewhat fashion-challenged, this is the book for you. Everything in the way of men’s clothing styles and fashion trends from the French Revolution to the present day are detailed in this book. Descriptive content, illustrations, and pictures are used to as well in this historical documentary.