I’ve seen countless articles describing in details all the technical steps that might eventually lead you to your dream job, but I have never come across one column or article describing what the fashion world is really like. What are the highs and lows of this most sought after job? And does working for fashion magazines has any connection with Ugly Betty?
Well let me set the record straight. Working as a fashion editor for a magazine or for a newspaper is not the most glamorous job a person can have, and it is by no means the most paid one; one thing for sure though, it is the most competitive and sometimes back-stabbing business you can come across. It is a world of fake beauty and surreal idealism, where reality does not exist and where fashion editors, stylists, photographers, models and designers get together to create a perfect world for the very few. You only need to take a peak behind closed doors to realise how insecure and gullible the fashion world is really like. The job of a fashion editor is to make sure that this fragile insecurity is never revealed to anyone outside this precious fashion circle. So the show always goes on, no matter how frustrating a fashion editor’s career might be or how under paid and over competitive it is. A fashion editor’s job is always on the line, as he or she knows that there is always a young fashion editor waiting for their fall so they can claim the thrown all to themselves. A fashion editor must always look fascinated and interested in every product launch and every fashion show. We visit London Fashion Week to check out who’s wearing what,and who’s got a new freelance job or indeed who’s lost their job and is back freelancing now.
Now don’t take me wrong, I love my job as a fashion journalist and amongst all the chaos that surrounds me on a daily basis, I wouldn’t give it up.
As for those of you who are dying to know the secret of how to become a fashion editor? Well there are no secrets really, just few tips to take on board:
Get yourself a degree in Fashion Design or in Journalism.
Do a lot of freelance unpaid work for magazines and newspapers in order to build up your portfolio
Be flexible to work as an assistant for a stylist or photographer
Don’t be a fashion victim and above all don’t copy others
Find yourself a good photographer who might work with you in the future.
Don’t take fashion too seriously, otherwise it will ruin you.
And finally never give up, if you really want something keep working towards it and you will eventually get there.
Hala Di-Maio – Editor-In Chief – Stilorama Magazine – www.stilorama.com
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