How To Prepare for Fashion School

You’ve decided to nurture your creative talent and take the plunge into fashion school. Since a stitch in time saves nine, FASH:ED wants to make sure you’ve got all the essentials ready.


Having a roof over your head might seem obvious, but leaving this last minute is more common then you think. Not to mention that couch surfing and not having a space of your own can be very stressful. Check out local student halls, search house shares on or join Facebook accommodation pages to get you started.


Budget, budget, budget. We can’t say it enough. Bills, travel, food, equipment for university and the occasional bevy all add up. Before you know it, you’re scraping together pennies to afford beans on toast for the week. Monitor your outgoings. If you don’t have a bank account yet, then open one up and install the banks app.


Whilst it’s important to fit in all your hours of course work outside university hours, nabbing yourself a part-time job can help cope with living costs. It’s also a good idea to intern as much as you can before you graduate.


UNiDAYS, Dojo and the NUS card will get you over 170 discounts on the high street and online. As fashion students, you’ll probably have a full wardrobe, and as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Why not make a few quid and sell your unwanted garments on Depop?


Depending on your course, you’ll need different bits n’ bobs. If you’re studying a design course, invest in decent fabric scissors, about £30 - £40 and for pattern cutters, get a pattern master ruler. For interviews, buy an A4 sized portfolio. Anything bigger is too bulky and heavy to lug around (and you can’t hide an A3+ size portfolio if you’re trying to go on an interview whilst you’re at your current job).


There’s nothing worse than getting the dreaded winter flu when you’ve got a bunch of deadlines. Register with a GP in your area. Studying fashion can also be mentally challenging. It’s important to use the universities resources if you feel like you are struggling. Check out your student services for further information on confidential advice and counselling.


Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in to. Be realistic. Don’t go in expecting fame and glamour, because very few people make it to the big time. Get yourself a diary and have a plan of action. Treat your course like it is your business. Update your portfolio at the end of each semester — and make sure you back up all your work in at least two places!

Written by Patrice Winn