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An illuminating guide to a career as a fashion designer written by editor in chief of Teen Vogue Lindsay Peoples Wagner, based on the real-life experiences of three emerging designers - essential listening for someone considering a path to this competitive profession.

Go behind the scenes and be mentored by the best to find out what it’s really like and what it really takes to become a fashion designer. Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue Lindsay Peoples Wagner takes listeners to the front lines to offer a candid portrait of this creative career. What does it actually mean to be a fashion designer today? What do they do? How do they do it?

Wagner shadows three acclaimed New York City designers to see how each carved their own path: Recho Omondi of Omondi, Rosie Assoulin of Rosie Assoulin, and Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat. Learn from her pioneering subjects as they design new seasons, hold fittings, manufacture, plan shows, and publicize. Designers must function as skilled craftspeople and artists as well as business people and brands. They all come from different places and have had different trajectories. These talented designers show a profession that is radically changing and increasingly addressing issues of race, identity, and inclusivity. Wagner discovers that modern fashion designers must navigate several worlds at once, all with vision and determination.

Becoming a Fashion Designer enters the elusive world of fashion design and shares practical steps to make this career path a reality. With advice from experienced designers on how to get into the field, this is the most valuable informational interview you’ll ever have.

©2019 Lindsay Peoples Wagner (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Insightful, well-written, engaging and authentic. Several designer names were mispronounced, which was surprising and also slightly cringy but overall excellent. I may buy the actual book to keep it on hand and add to my library.

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Excellent Read!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It was truly real and inspiring. Love how the writer showcased various designers, recognizing all the triumphs as well as struggles they go through to fulfill their creative urge for fashion. Will definitely listen to it again.

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Loved this quick read! It was very inspiring, touched on some key points and really challenged me to dig deep to find my unique voice from within.

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TAKE NOTES!!!!

Listening to this the first time literally had my eyes crossed. So many notes, mental and digital and actual pen to paper (apple pencil to ipad lol). There is a gnawing feeling that even if you do everything as taught, the unknowns await to greet you lol! Nevertheless, it feels so sincere and selfies to put together this body of work for the sheer purpose of making the path of designers a little less rugged. The highlighted designers paths were so important to me, how they differed and were still carrying the same gumption was thrilling to see! I’m sure to read this several more times and create a checklist from the information given so I can build this fashion house on solid foundation with a shingled and secure roof!!! Nevertheless, I know the storms will come... bring it on!!!

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  • 08-23-21

An Interesting Insight

Listening to the inner workings of the world of fashion design from a few different people from where they started to where they are now really gets you thinking about your own life. If you are wanting to get into fashion design this is a fantastic look into the reality of what you are in for money wise and time wise. I have to thank the author for taking the time to write this book as it outlays everything a designer will need to start in the industry but also it prepares people for all the failures that they will go through.
Fantastic work, Thanks.