Review: Want to be a Fashion Designer? Read Get Your Break!

| 4 July , 2011 | 3 Replies

Sophia Phan

I used to dream of becoming a successful fashion designer. Racks of chiffon, lace and silk would grace my studio and my phone would be ringing off the hook with clients desperate to wear my esteemed creations. Alas, I learned that I am much better at writing about clothes than designing them (my artistic abilities are average, to boast).

But for those who are handy with a pencil and have an imagination to rival dear Alice of Wonderland, Get Your Break! Fashion Designers is an extremely insightful book. Interviews with a collection of designers such as Marnie Skillings, Therese Rawsthorne, Jessie Hill, to brands Bec & Bridge, Alpha60 and Zanerobe, this book gives you an insight into the fantastic world of design.

From inspirations to challenges to their big breaks, these conversational Q & A interviews will no doubt inspire you to whip out your sketchbook. As well as jogging your creative cogs, every aspect of the fashion business is explored – garment design and construction, pitching to store buyers, branding publicity & it\’s all there!

Textile students would love this book as it really prepares one for the fashion industry. What to do if you get rejected, how to gain interest from buyers, getting a celebrity to wear your pieces, even advice on moving interstate, this is a great way to go behind-the-scenes of the Australian fashion industry and learn what it really takes to get your big break. Even for those who aren\’t particularly skilled at pattern-making and  sketching, like myself, it really is a great insight to this flourishing industry.

Get Your Break! Fashion Designers is part of a collection of three books (TV Presenting and Recording Artists) and is available to purchase at and major bookstores, with the exception of Borders. You can also visit The Reach Foundation ($1 from every sale will go to this amazing charity. Huzzah!) for more information regarding their programs.

You can read our reviews for Television Presenter, Recording Artist and interview with Marnie Skillings on how she got her break.

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