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Fashion is a huge industry. The fashion industry itself is worth around £21 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report 2010), but with the direct and indirect effects it has on other industries and on the economy as a whole, make it significantly more valuable.
The British fashion industry also employs over 800,000 people, making it the largest employer in the creative industries in the UK.
The UK is renowned for having a great fashion industry and world famous fashion colleges. With the major international event, London Fashion Week, the UK's fashion industry is a fast-paced and competitive industry to work in.
The UK fashion industry doesn't just involve designer fashion, such as the designers that appear in London Fashion Week, but also includes normal high street fashion, including womenswear, menswear, children's clothing, accessories and other types of clothing.
There many different types of jobs available within the fashion industry, not limited to fashion design. Of course, there fantastic opportunities out there for talented designers but these jobs are very competitive. Other fashion jobs include fashion retail, fashion buying, fashion PR, modelling, fashion photography and fashion journalism.
Whatever your talents, if fashion is what interests you, the opportunities are there.
For more in-depth information on the the different job paths within Fashion, please follow the below links:
Despite the enormity of the industry and the seemingly endless list of jobs one can do, careers in all areas relating to fashion are still highly covetable and competition for entry level positions is wildly fierce across the board, whether in design, glossy magazine journalism, fashion PR or retail.
College and university courses in fashion – from design through retail and marketing – have become widespread across the UK and combine creativity with business skills.
The UK is world renowned for being home to some of the best fashion houses and fashion education institutions in the world. Courses in other related creative professions, including hair and makeup styling are also becoming more widely available.
The fashion industry is notorious for internships. It is vital to build up some fashion experience, whether it is in fashion journalism, design, styling or PR.
Without prior work experience or proof of your fashion knowledge, either through internships or having a fashion blog, it is very difficult to break into the industry.