8 Tips you need to become one of the Big Names in Nigeria Fashion and Design Industry

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Are you thinking of becoming a Nigerian fashion designer guru? Like Lola Faturoti, Lisa Folawiyo, Frank Oshodi, Ohimai Atafo, Duro Olowu, Folake Folarin Coker, Zizi Cardow, Deola Sagoe plus many others you’ll be creating more than just art but art people live their lives in.


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While some people may think that fashion and appearance are shallow, you know that your work helps people present themselves to the world, get hired for a job, make an impression to a first date and feeling of being grand.


In actuality, there are a lot of different positions within fashion design itself. From calisthenics wear to haute couture, somebody somewhere had mental picture and designed it.


Fashion designers and forthcoming fashion designers must do extremely well in creativity, technique, comprehension of fashion history, trade sense, and the ability to perform under strain and in high stress environments.

So, how do you turn out to be a fashion designer? We’ve gathered a list of essential tips to get you started in the fashion world.


Tip One: Inquire who a fashion designer is and what fashion designers do?

Fashion designers assist to create the trillions of dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing and accessories sold every year by traders to consumers.

Fashion designers study fashion trends, draft designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and supervises the final manufacturing of their designs.


As a beginner in the industry, you’ll almost certainly find yourself doing just supporting roles while you become skilled at the ropes and set up your vision.


These roles are not to be taken for granted; design needs a complete cast to be thriving. While in this supporting role, try to establish your potential fashion career and grow industry experience that’ll put you on track to achieving that goal.


Fashion designers are hired by industrialized establishments, wholesalers, or design firms and usually work standard hours in well-lit calm settings.


Tip Two: Get education you need

Is a college degree really essential to being a fashion designer? No matter how artistic you are, the fashion industry is exceptionally competitive and education can make you more attractive than otherwise uniformly qualified candidates.


Fashion designers usually need an associate or a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Some fashion designers also merge a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially those who intend to run their own business or retail store.


Fundamental course works include color, textiles, sewing and tailoring, prototype making, fashion history, computer-assisted design (CAD), and design of dissimilar types of clothing like menswear or footwear.


Coursework in human anatomy, mathematics, and psychology is also helpful in order to know the builds of the human body, together with how it moves.


Tip Three: Get an internship. They’re a prerequisite!

Furthermore, wannabe fashion designers can learn these essential skills via internships with design or manufacturing firms. Some designers also gain priceless knowledge working in retail stores, as private stylists, or as routine tailors. Such know-how can help designers expand sales and marketing skills while studying the styles and fabrics that look good on diverse people.


Tip four: Build a portfolio

You should have a great portfolio. Your portfolio is a fundamental part of your fashion designing career. The most excellent way to build a selling portfolio is to be very attentive during your time in fashion school and complete each task as though you would be presenting your work to a prospective employer. Use projects and tasks as opportunities to show off your originality and skills.


Step Five: Get a Job. Put your nose to the grindstone

Fashion design is a growing field; however, as Tyra Banks would say, the fight for positions remains fierce. Competition for jobs is strong as aspiring fashion designers are drawn to the creativity and glamour linked to the occupation. Existing fashion designers will be the first to tell you that you must be stubborn and persistent in order to get ahead in the fashion world.


Tip 6: Know what employers want

Nowadays there is increase in demand for stylish clothing that is affordable, particularly among middle-income customers.The preeminent job opportunities will be in design firms that design mass-market clothing sold in department stores and retail chain stores.


A small number of employment opportunities are predictable in design firms that supply to high-end department stores and specialty boutiques as demand for luxurious, high-fashion designs has gone down.


Tip Seven: Decide whether to work as self employer or take a company job

This is more about individuality than everything else. When deciding whether to work as a self-employed fashion designer or for a well-known brand or company, it’s valuable to consider the compensations and challenges of each.


Tip Eight: Make your vision practical and successful

Now, face the music, you’re above a mere fashion enthusiast, you’re designed for a fashion designing career.


I hope all the facts will help you in your career as a fashion designer in Nigeria. Besides, you can land your next job in putting all these steps into practical use.


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4 Responses to “8 Tips you need to become one of the Big Names in Nigeria Fashion and Design Industry”

  1. cathy

    Feb 05. 2013

    Thanks Toscany. I love this write-up. Pardon my curiosity,are u a designer? #Just asking

    • ToscanyAcademy


      Feb 05. 2013

      Hi Cathy,
      I am not a designer but I have lots of passion for design. Though I work mainly with web graphics. Fashion design schools and career in Nigeria are areas with limited information online. You will see lots of fashion creativities coming from many Nigerian designers but for beginners it is difficult in finding information on the right track to follow and that’s part of what we are trying to do. I read your comments and there were very insightful and I can see the passion for design flowing in you. Feel free to contribute or share any new knowledge that can help other aspiring designers in Nigeria.

  2. Samantha Abah Egba

    Nov 04. 2015

    Hello Cathy, Read ur previous post and u seem very knowledgeable on dis topic.I have been confused on how to get and register into a gud fashion school in abuja.After searchin thru d net Legappareal was d only one dat appealed to me but not until i saw one of ur previous post.Pls can u give me an idea on d best fashion schl in abuja?


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