Many fashion consulting training programs allow high school students to take certificate-level coursework and earn credits toward an associate's degree. Employers look for knowledge of textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and trends. Fashion consultants work as: fashion designers for apparel manufacturers and wholesalers; accessory designers for notions merchants and department stores; or, stylists for advertising agencies, photographers, and public figures.
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How to Prepare for a Career in Fashion Consulting
If you want to pursue a fashion consulting degree, choose from:
- Two-year, Associate of Applied Science degrees
- Four-year, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and
- Graduate, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Arts degrees
Common fashion consulting degree concentrations include the following:
- Fashion design
- Accessories design
- Marketing for fashion
- Fabric styling
- Textile development and marketing
- Fashion merchandising management
- Exhibition design
Fashion Consulting Salary and Job Outlook
Many bachelor's and master's fashion consulting degree programs offer study abroad options in Paris, Milan, Florence, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Most fashion consultants in the U.S. work in New York and California. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts almost no job growth for fashion designers and consultants through 2018. In 2008. 22,700 fashion consultants had jobs, and, in 2018, that number is expected to rise by only two hundred. The middle 50 percent of fashion designers and fashion consultants earned between $42,150 and $61,160. The top 10 percent earned about $124,000. Regardless of the route you take in your fashion consultant training, prepare for stiff competition. The more you understand about business in general, and fashion merchandising specifically, the better your chances for success.