Being creative in fashion is the most important element to a successful designer. It is the key to the artistic side of fashion and the only tool necessary to be able to have a long career, as creativity is what distinguishes from the other designers. People are not born with a creativity ready to be used in an industry like fashion? Schools are there to help develop and make it useful to allow you to transform your abstract ideas into something concrete. These three fashion schools are the biggest and most serious designers “factory” in the world! They are at the centre of attention of magazines and companies at each graduation shows.
In the very extravagant city of London, the Central Saint Martin school, part of the University of the Arts of London has a wide variety of specialisations in fashion design, jewellery, design, architecture and many more. Established in 1854, the alumni specialised in fashion are quite prestigious and are now ruling the fashion world. Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Riccardo Tisci and Zac Posen are some of them.
Parsons the New School for Design located in the lovely Greenwich village of Manhattan, NY, is the American twin of the Saint Martin school in terms of notoriety. Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Donna Karan,… For generations the school has been giving fashion their best and most visionary designers. The Vogue Fashion Fun initiated by Anna Wintour is a promise for the young American designers getting into this school to continue and work hard because this help is there to make them successful!
Surprisingly in the worldwide industry of fashion, Belgium is a really promising and influential country due to two internationally recognised schools for their excellent work. The Royal Academy of Antwerp is one of them. It is famous for what we called the “Antwerp Six”. It is a group of students who all graduated from that school and had an important influence in contemporary fashion. Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester are still two powerful designers ending up on the cover of magazines and on celebrities.
Of course these schools are highly selective but if you do not try you will never know, so I encourage the fashionistas who want to start a fashion design career to try and maybe you will be part of these highly successful designers!