Saturday, 2 August 2008

How To Get Ahead In Fashion

Our blogging buddy Stevie at Discotheque Confusion has put up an interview with Navaz on how to get on the first rung of the fashion industry ladder. She's going to be interviewing other industry insiders too so keep checking in.

To read Navaz's tips, check here and if you have any more questions or want to ask Donna how to become a beauty editor, leave your questions in the comment box.


CoutureCarrie said...

awesome - thanks!

Meagan said...

As a regular reader of Discotheque Confusion, and a hopeful future editor, I was very excited to read your post.

I'm 16, and living in Toronto. I currently volunteer at a local newspaper, blog, write for the Fashion Spot, and am applying to Ryerson University's journalism program (one of the best in North America, and the best in Canada). I was wondering if you could help me out with some questions I have?

- I know you talked about this briefly in the interview, but what matters more, when it really comes down to it: Creative directing abilites, or writing skills? I haven't taken any art courses, but I certainly have an eye for styling, but I'm unable to design myself. However, my writing skills are very strong - but are they that relevant? I feel like without the art school cred, I'll go nowhere!

- Do you know of any other online resources that I could write for? I'm unconcerned with being paid, I just want to get published more!

- FASHION Magazine, one of the biggest fashion magazines in Canada, offers an unpaid internship program, with one term in the summer. Would it be wise to participate/apply for it, for next summer, before I go off to University? Do you have any other advice to offer as to how to impress someone at a big fashion magazine, and how to stand out from other applicants?

- How important is a knowledge of the fashion industry? I've heard of Devil Wears Prada situations where people with no passion for fashion get dream positions in the industry... I mean, obviously a passion for the field helps, but is it that important? I'm not sure if this is a dumb question or not...

- How could I better my knowledge of fashion? For my age, I'd consider myself extremely informed of the industry, history and current trends (not to toot my own horn or anything....) But I'd love to really feel more confident in my knowledge of the industry.

- How do you make important connections with industry professionals at a young age?

Any help you could offer would mean the world to me! I've heard every single sort of 'million girls would die for this' cliche when it comes to the fashion industry, but I am really willing to work myself to the bone for my dream!

donna AND navaz said...

The answers to Meagan's questions have been published in a new post today. Check here:

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