Cool Fashion Careers You Haven't Heard Of

There's something for everyone in the industry.
Main Image: Street Style by Ayyyna Budaeva for Couturesque 
  • Trendsetters: Trend forecasting is arguably the most influential job in the fashion industry! Forecasters are hired by designers to predict trends for the upcoming seasons, and are essentially the ones who dictate the future trends by evaluating tendencies in not only fashion, but politics, pop culture, and art. It requires both organizational and creative skills, and an extensive knowledge of all areas of fashion and culture.  Sadly, there’s not a specific trend forecasting education, but it usually demands some kind of fashion education and work experience.

  • Fashion Sceneographer: A scenographer is responsible for creating the environment of the performance, and is usually associated with theater and dance, but runway shows need scenograpers too! They plan and design the entire experience, and supervise everything from lighting and sound, to the placement of seats.  Most art and theater colleges offer degrees in Theatre Design or Stage Design, and with a degree, all you need is experience.

  • Textile Designer: Fashion designers knows how to create clothing, but it is the textile designer that makes sure the designer has the right fabric to work with. Textile design involves getting familiar with textures, proportions, and colors in order to know what works best for different purposes. If fabric quality is up your street, textile design is a job that provides endless opportunities for creativity.  Art colleges usually offer degrees in Textile Design, or Fine Arts with the opportunity to specialize in design and textile design. 

  • Merchandise Planner: If you’ve got an organized brain, merchandise planning for a fashion designer or agency might be the job for you. The job entails keeping track of inventory, noticing the behavior of consumers, and advising the client on which items and collections to focus on.  A degree in business or finance combined with retail experience is the best background for a career in merchandise planning!

WHO: Katarina, Fashion Contributor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Copenhagen
CAN BE FOUND AT: @katarinajulie

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

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Editor in Chief