A career in the fashion industry is the dream and aspiration of many, but the world of fashion is very competitive and can be difficult to navigate. Lisa Springsteel, author of A Guide to Careers in Design: Becoming a Fashion Designer, answers all the questions about achieving success in her new published work. The Becoming a Fashion Designer book is full of insider information, containing interviews and advice from big-name industry experts. Interviews include Manolo Blahnik, Nanette Lepore, Stuary Weitzman, and Ralph Rucci with contributions from Derek Lam, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren Corporation to name a few.
Springsteel has been in the industry for 19 years, making her a veteran. Throughout her career, Lisa has participated in design meetings with Mr. Ralph Lauren. dressed celebrities, and was invited to submit original designs to the Oscar de la Renta spring/summer 2004 collection. She specializes in global fabric and trim research, development, sourcing, design and archiving. In this new work, Springsteel covers the basics of a career in fashion design and then elaborates on education, the job market, the process, and launching your own career. Currently, Ms. Springsteel is a global fabric and trim sourcing, archiving, and product development consultant working with clients such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs.
This book is sure to make for a great read for anyone interested in the industry. As someone who works in fashion myself, I can attest to the highly competitive environment of the industry, especially in New York. The insight from an expert as well as her outreach to campus recruiting offices and interviews with current interns will be valuable for rising graduates.