Fashionable Book Review: In Fashion
There are many fashion savvy individuals who dream of working at Vogue, styling celebrities or interviewing world famous designers. The fashion industry boasts numerous other careers as well, such as fashion public relations (PR), accessories buyer, designer, model, makeup artist, photographer and more that seem to scream an exciting and luxurious lifestyle. However, it is also a well known fact that it is notoriously competitive and intimidating for those hoping to venture a career in the industry.
This book, as Annemarie Iverson details in her introduction, is meant to be used as a career manual of sorts for anyone entering the industry. She provides helpful insight to high school students looking for the right college, while also targeting those college graduates looking to land their first job. Clearly, Iverson has made her mark on the industry, as is evident from Diane Von Furstenburg’s complimentary foreword, as well as personal advice given by Michael Kors, Conde Nast and others. If you don’t believe me, just look at her credentials: Editor in Chief of Seventeen magazine and YM magazine, seven years as fashion and beauty news director at Harper’s Bazaar and author of two New York Times bestsellers on Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Iverson begins the book with introducing her Fashionista Aptitude Survey, which features numerous questions about your personality, lifestyle and interests. Based on your results (Creator, Visualizer, Critic or Seller), she then breaks down these fashionista types into generous chapters, including what type of careers you can have ( i.e Visualizers usually are stylists, models, or makeup artists) and how to be successful. I personally found the Fashionista Bootcamp and Survival Guide chapters to be most eye opening and useful, especially to those looking for answers to their broad industry questions. These chapters cover everything from what to wear on your interview, to fashion names you should know (and pronunciations!), job search tips, your essential first year wardrobe and so much more.
As a Creator and Critic fashionista myself, I found this manual to be crucial for my career planning after graduation, and I felt my creative juices and positive attitude build, while my anxiety thankfully dissipated. I would recommend it to anyone moving to New York City after graduation (let’s be roommates!) to pursue their fashion dream, looking for the insider information from an expert in the industry or simply interested in fashion and needing a concise analysis.
I snagged my copy off of Amazon, but it is also available at any major book retailer, including Borders, for under $20. Hurry and pick up for own copy today and start reading!
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Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week
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