Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Confessions of a Fashion Student

Being a fashion student is hard, not to mention expensive. I've overheard two people talking on the street, one of them obviously a fashion student with a big portfolio bag on her hand and an umbrella on the other, and her friend asked her, "So you don't only pay for your tuition, but you pay for stationary, fabrics, and books?" And I can't see her expression, but her response was, "Yeah..."

I've never thought of that. My mind immediately ran to my stationary (sketchbook, portfolio, glue, pens and pencils in different thickness, coloured pencils, copic markers, water colours, gouache paints, acrylic paints, oil paints, different kinds of rulers, protractor, folders, printer ink that drained so quickly because of many coloured printings, and many many more), fabrics, books and magazines for research, equipments for sewing (three different kinds of bobbins & bobbin cases for different brands of sewing machine--they are not THAT cheap especially if you lose yours, scissors, threads and needles, dressing pins, the list goes on and on and on and on). And there's still more!

And you don't just make clothes. You research, you design, you make a sample, you sew, you also have an academic study (lectures and essays, anyone?). You go on countless sleepless nights. It's just unavoidable. Yes, I don't have exams. But I have portfolio to be handed in. I have garments to be made. And the process to reach those are not by reading books, take notes, and done, NO.

So think again, people who underestimate fashion design students (not the people in London because they know, alright). And think again people who want to take fashion design as their major (especially if your reason is you love shopping. I love shopping ≠ I love fashion design). If you don't have a passion for it, said one of the fashion designers in my hometown, don't you dare study about it. I agree. I can do this because I enjoy what I'm doing. Not the sleepless nights (well, maybe those too). I mean, I learned a lot and I gained a lot, and I'm happy. So, yeah, it's hard, but in the end it will be worth it.

Shirt underneath and socks - Uniqlo
Sweater - COS
Leggings shoes - Zara
 Bag - Cupcake



Julääh said...

aaaaaw my dream is to work in the region of fashion too :( but i´m so scared about the future. so i decided to study something else, but i know if i would study design i would give everything i have :/
and your outfit looks really great
such a perfect outfit for a school day :)
xoxo ;**

nyuu said...

I don't think it matters if it's fashion, art, history, math, science, etc. They're all hard and they all require a lot of work, effort, and money. Some people are just too arrogant to see that. We all have a passion for something, and I think we all should respect that.

:) keep working hard!

I adore your outfit! It's so cute. The bag is amazing! And the shoes! :D


Xixia said...

Aww, these pictures are adorable! Such a cute outfit.

And that is a great point: what we often forget about is the behind the scenes work and costs. There's so much going into each product - it's dizzying to think about.

X i x i a ❥

Claireta Teressa said...

lovely look!
love your shoes.
wondering i can be a fashion student someday :')

Andrea said...

This is such a good post, I really admire that you've stood up for your course! Does this mean you study in London? Your bag is super cute btw, and my friend doesn't have an online store because everything is bespoke but let me know if you're interested I can give you her email.

Coffee Cream and the Caffeine said...

Nice sweater and cute bag... love it :)

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

You're too cute! Loving this preppy outfit- especially the bag :) xx

working-mom said...

Great post!!

Wow loving this too much :) :)

Love your style and wanted you to know that I’ll be following you around;)

Come by for a chat :)



Wynne Prasetyo said...

never thought that striped sweater would go with denim but you proved me wrong. i completely agree with you about not taking fashion major in the absence of true passion. i love fashion but honestly i'm not passionate about it in the way that designers are. i'm obsessed with fashion merely in the way that i like looking good, thus fashion major isn't something i should pick. and i'm glad i'm majoring in law because i really find my passion there! :)


Milex said...

I like everything about you!

Lucija said...

Wow wow wow! <3 This is totes amazing.

Maybe we should follow each other, I would like to become friends!!

blackberryfashion said...

so pretty and cute :)

Joyce said...

Such a cute outfit! ^_^ I went to business school and graduated with a degree in that.. seomtimes i wonder if i should have gone to fashion school instead. But that's beside the point. I agree~! passion is really what is needed in fashion and anything career for that matter. cool blog, keep in touch <3

Joyce @

Domestic Sweetheart said...

Pretty blog! I'm following you GFC :)

Carmen Ri said...

You look super adorable! Love your bag!

You can do it!! It sounds like it will be really hard but as long as you enjoy it, it'll be worth it :)

Carmen Ri.

Anet said...

sooo stylish! chic :)