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Recently I have learned a valuable lesson regarding the demographics of the Fashion Industry Network.. In a blog message, a member listed comments regarding a fun evening out "dancing". I had jumped to the conclusion that the author of the comments was a member of the fashion industry and had enjoyed a night about town. My assumption was that she was a fashionista, checking out the night life and cruising from night club to night club investigating fashion trends.. Boy was I wrong.

After leaving comments regarding her blog post and then receiving her reply, I realized that she was actually a young student. Her blog post was NOT regarding a late night checking out the fashion scene, she was actually attending a "school" dance. And it was not a college dance... (too young for that..)

I was reminded of the fact that the fashion industry network is no longer simply about educating members of the fashion industry. The network is now home to many young people that are not even out of high school. Although this fashion network was originally intended for people that already have a career in fashion, we are actually joined now by the "future" of the fashion industry. It appears that we have members of all ages.

My request to all "grown up" members of the network, when having discussions with younger members, lets try to influence them in the direction of college. Even if they do not attend a fashion school, maybe they can be reminded of the importance of school (most likely they do not listen to their parents, so maybe they will listen to us). Any college would be great... It does not necessarily have to be a fashion school.. As many of you know, becoming a "successful" fashion designer is not as easy as it may first appear. Many young people may believe it is as easy as flipping a light switch and boom... they can become a rich and famous designer over night. Most of us understand that it is WAY more complicated. Anyway, if you notice any high school students (or younger student) asking for advise on how to get into the fashion industry, please consider suggesting to them a list of fashion schools. If they are leaning toward skipping college and becoming a fashion designer directly out of the gate, maybe you can suggest to them to first check out the options of a fashion school.

I am not at all saying that young people can not skip school and become a famous fashion designer. However, I do think that their odds of success increase with education. As active members of the fashion industry and as active members of this network, we should all take responsibility to try to assist other members as best we can. In regard to the youth of this network, in my opinion some of the best advice we can give is the advice of education. If you agree, please share your thoughts with the young members. If you do not agree, I guess you can share those thoughts as well.. (but be careful, if you disagree with me, I may ban you from the network..Just kidding.. Maybe kidding..)

If you are thinking about further education, you can find fashion schools in the education section on Apparel Search.

Each day, please try to help other members... What goes around, comes around.. Be helpful and others may help you.

If you are interested, you can read a little article I previously written about fashion schools. I would NOT say it was the best thing that I have written, but it is regarding schools..

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Comment by urbanpicasso on December 5, 2008 at 12:29pm
I agree totally with this blog! It is imperative that the younger generation really try and get an education whether it be fashion or any other vocation. The professional job market is very savvy when it comes to choosing its employees and knowing at least how to communicate and work well in any environment is major plus. It really does take a village to help educate, so let's all be leaders when it comes to helping the youths find the right answers to the path they want to take.
Comment by Kristen White on December 7, 2008 at 11:19pm
We are definately on the same page. I am a college student and already I feel that I am a step further than I would be had I chosen not to embark on this path. I am being when i look for internships, someone actually answers on the other end. Had i not been in school...I would not have been considored.

As a college student, I would be glad to tell youger people as well as my peers (since this is just my 2nd year in college) how benificial higher education will be.

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