Lessons I learned from studying fashion design

Three years ago I began on this journey studying fashion design at university. What a lot of people don't realise about creative degrees is how physically demanding and emotionally draining it can be. Your work is so much of who you are and every time you come up with new ideas your putting it on the line to be potentially knocked down. I'm certainly no expert, but this journey has certainly taught me many lessons, some valuable, others amusing. 

You can be the most popular person in class if you own a good pair of cutting scissors

As a fashion student, we tend to cut a lot of stuff. By stuff I don't even mean fabric, we're talking wire, metal, PVC, thick heavy duty materials, you name it. There is much satisfaction knowing that you own the best pair of scissors and you can effortlessly slice through anything in your way. 

Pinterest is your best friend

That's right. You have be asked to "research" and "reflect" on concepts, ideas and designs to possibly explore this semester, so what do you do? You create a new secret board on your Pinterest account and start pinning like crazy. 

Comparison kills happiness

I remember I use to always look at everyone else's work and get disappointed at mine. But when I began to set my mind free from what others were doing and started investing all my energy into my own, that's when the magic happened. It's the most liberating feeling giving yourself permission to create free from the constraint of others. 

Pick your battles

When I first started this degree I use to lose sleep over every stitch, seam and minor detail. Yes, details are important and execution is always key, but there's only 24 hours in a day and you've got to invest into the things that will deliver the best return. 

Your intuition is everything

The best piece of advice I've ever gotten was from a studio leader who once said to me, 'everyone is going to give you advice in your life, but you don't have to take it'.  Now, this isn't suppose to be your permission to ignore every person that shares an opinion with you. What I'm really saying is that if you don't have a intuition of who you are and what you want to achieve, no amount of advice or number of mentors can ever solve your problems from you.

 

Written from a perspective of a 3rd year student studying a fashion design degree at RMIT. 

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