Fashion is a form of visual expression, and attracts creative people to the field. The industry consists of a variety of roles ranging from the production of materials through the development of products ready for sale, pattern design, photography and marketing. 

In addition to roles related to the creation of fashion, you can find roles with businesses dedicated to marketing and selling goods to consumers through retailers, merchandisers and media outlets that cover fashion. 

Learn more about this field in the Vault Guide to Fashion and Apparel Jobs

Gaining experience

Seeking out alumni who work in an area of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work. It is also important to pursue related experience in student organizations and clubs and volunteer experiences in areas you want to explore.

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position and as vacancies occur. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly and speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into how hiring works there.

Princeton resources
Examples of job titles and roles
  • Garment technologist
  • Designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Merchandisers
  • Fashion stylist
  • Marketing
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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