The New Type of Fashion School

By: Olivia Marrone
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I am someone who loves fashion and is constantly eager to learn more about it. While I am studying fashion marketing in college, I don't go to a fashion-focused school like Central St. Martin's or FIT, so I like to do my own research and learn as much as I can about the different aspects of the industry. Luckily, today you don't necessarily have to go to a fashion school to learn about the industry, as there are so many outlets online that give a glimpse into the industry. Here are just a few fashion resources from the modern era you can use to expand your knowledge!

1. Youtube
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     Youtube has been a great resource of information in my quest to learn more about the fashion industry. From individuals discussing the history of the industry (like Luke Meager, aka Haute Le Mode, who also reviews/roasts fashion & award shows), to ex-stylists like Amy Serrano, you can learn so much from people who are sharing their fashion knowledge online. 

Other sources I often go to are the Youtube channels of fashion magazines, my favorite being British Vogue, to gain some knowledge from the people who have their pulse on what's happening in the industry. Another reason why I specifically love British Vogue is that they have multiple series on their channel, such as The Future Of Fashion hosted by Alexa Chung, where they go behind the scenes in showing you various aspects of the industry, whether it's related to careers, sustainability, or personal style from the magazine's editors.

2. Podcasts
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    Recently I've gotten into fashion podcasts as another source of fashion inspiration.  Fashion No Filter - hosted by Camille Charriere and Monica de La Villardi√®re - is one of my all-time favorites. In each episode the girls, previously fashion journalists, take you behind the scenes of different aspects of the fashion industry - such as with episodes like "Overheard At Haute Couture" where they interviewed Iris van Herpen before her show as well as other individuals in the industry about Couture - to current issues in fashion involving the future of print magazines, sustainability, and "Accountability in the Fashion Industry."

 My other favorite fashion podcasts include Fash-On, Fash-Off by i-D (hosted by i-D's Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Whitehouse), Fashion Unzipped from Telegraph (hosted by The Telegraph's Senior Fashion Editor Charlie Gowans-Eglinton), and Statements on Fashion (a new podcast hosted by Parsons Paris fashion students Philippa Nesbitt and Katie Wilkes).

 3. Fashion Apps & Newsletters
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Subscribing to different fashion newsletters is also a great way to keep up with the industry. My favorite newsletters are The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, In Style, Fashionista, British Vogue, and Business of Fashion. I've also downloaded the Vogue Runway app, which is a great way to keep up with shows and designers. Besides providing updates on the industry itself, Fashionista is also a great resource for finding fashion internship/job opportunities. As you could probably guess, Instagram is another great place to keep up with the industry. Some of my favorite accounts are Haute Le Mode, Business Of Fashion, Fashionista, as well as various fashion designers and magazine editors to get access to the industry right from the sources.

4. Documentaries
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Over the holidays I was able to watch a bunch of fashion documentaries, and I found that these are not only entertaining, but also great to learn from and gain a true understanding of the behind-the-scenes aspects of fashion. I highly recommend watching House of Z, Dior and I, The September Issue, and McQueen.

As seasons come and go the fashion industry is constantly evolving, so are the ways in which we learn about it. Whether you want to pursue a career in fashion or are just curious to learn more, I hope that I've given you some helpful outlets to learn more about this fast-paced industry.