Vault Career Guide to the Fashion Industry

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FASHIO INDUS CARE
VAULT CAREER GUIDE TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY
HOLLY HAN AND THE STAFF OF VAULT
© 2002 Vault Inc.

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Copyright © 2002 by Vault Inc. All rights reserved. All information in this book is subject to change without notice. Vault makes no claims as to the accuracy and reliability of the information contained within and disclaims all warranties. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vault Inc. Vault, the Vault logo, and “the insider career networkTM” are trademarks of Vault Inc. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, contact Vault Inc., 150 W. 22nd St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011, (212) 366-4212. Library of Congress CIP Data is available. ISBN 1-58131-201-6 Printed in the United States of America

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this book possible, especially Todd Kuhlman, Marcy Lerner, Ed Shen, Jake Wallace and Rob Schipano. We are also extremely grateful to Vault's entire staff of writers, editors and interns for all their help in the editorial and production processes. Vault also would like to acknowledge the support of Matt Doull, Ahmad Al-Khaled, Lee Black, Eric Ober, Hollinger Ventures, Tekbanc, New York City Investment Fund, Globix, Hoover's, Glenn Fischer, Mark Hernandez, Ravi Mhatre, Carter Weiss, Ken Cron, Ed Somekh, Isidore Mayrock, Zahi Khouri, Sana Sabbagh, and other Vault investors, as well as our family and friends.

Customized for: Yizi Chen (yizichen@hotmail.com) New York University Online Career Library

Customized for: Yizi Chen (yizichen@hotmail.com) New York University Online Career Library

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION THE SCOOP
Fashion Industry Basics

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5

Industry Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 The Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Emerging Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Our Survey Says: Fashion Industry Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Education

17

Major Fashion Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Getting Hired

21

ON THE JOB
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Design and Product Development

Sample Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Getting Hired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Pay and Perks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Vault Profile: Noverto Gonzalez, Assistant Product Manager, Federated Merchandising Group . . . . . . . . . .31 Vault Profile: Michael Hong, Director of Product Developoment, Kenneth Cole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Manufacturing

35

Sample Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Getting Hired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Pay and Perks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Vault Profile: Karen Lott, Fabric Buyer, BCBG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 How is a Garment Created? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

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