You don't have to have a fashion degree to get a fashion education. The way for a new era in the industry was paved by influential designers like Abloh. It is possible for fashion school to prepare you for a career as a designer, journalist or marketer, but it is not an end-all, be-all. If it's not for you, there are many other ways to learn about fashion, including online courses, hand-on experience, and individuals creating digital content with the goal of educating others about everything from how to interpret a runway collection to the history of certain trends.
Fashion historians, luxury experts, designers and more are sharing their knowledge on the internet to make fashion more accessible. While many have channels on public platforms like TikTok and YouTube, others offer fans a way to support them financially and get access to more content.
There is a bit about what each one has to offer.
Follow for: insight into what leather goods are really worth
Is the price of shoes and accessories affected? There is a must- follow. On TikTok, he uses his expertise in leather construction to disassemble handbags and assess their true value. If he tears apart your bag, you may be tempted to slam your laptop shut or throw your phone in the room. You should be prepared to hear the different prices of materials and production.
Follow for: engaging analysis of industry phenomena
Fashion Roadman is a great place to ask big questions about fashion. The UK-based fashion journalist tends to discuss fashion history, analyze runway shows and break down hot debates, such as whether or not social media and increased accessibility to the industry ruined fashion.
Follow for: enthusiastic and runway show coverage with behind-the-scenes tidbits
Loic Prigent is a fashion video journalist with a passion for video journalism. Interviews with designers and front-row guests are included in his videos. Since he speaks French, he can more deeply interview fellow French-speaking designers. His enthusiasm and energetic voice make him happy to be watching.
Follow for: smart hot takes on industry news
Are you looking for opinions on the hottest topics in fashion? You can always learn from Fashionlover4 and not feel stupid. "How Bernard Arnault Ruined Fashion" and "The History of Menswear" are two of the highlights.
Follow for: context on industry goings-on
If you have a good foundation in fashion and runway shows, you will get to the next level. How looks relate to a brand's history or the creative director's signature style is the subject of runway reviews. Garside has a masters degree in High Fashion from Accademia Costume e Moda in Rome, Italy.
Follow for: fashion Cliff's Notes
If you're just getting into fashion or want the bullet points, ArsonNicki's videos are for you. In 30 seconds or less, he breaks down the fashion shows and describes the looks. This is a good starting point if fashion and runway shows feel complicated and frightening.
Shelby Ivey Christie
Follow for: an intersectional perspective
Shelvy Ivey Christie is a fashion and costume historian and offers inspiration from different eras in fashion. She is currently completing her master's degree in Costume Studies at NYU.
Follow for: fashion news with a dose of drama
There is detailed commentary on everything from runway shows to pop culture. HauteLeMode videos are easy to understand and tea-filled.
Follow for: everything you should know before buying a luxury handbag
If you want something between educational and aspirational, Charles Gross is the man for you. The Birkin collector's videos are worth watching.
If the fashion industry feels too rarefied, there's Recho Omondi's content and interview-based podcasts that feature industry folks like photographers and model scouts. Inside look into how deals happen, lessons learned during lengthy careers and how to find and apply purpose to your journey in the industry are provided in the intimate chats. Omndi's work shows how to build a career in fashion.
The Fashion and Race Database
Follow for: a decolonization of fashion's past and future
The Fashion and Race Database sheds light on fashion's history. The important work of showing the less glamorous side of fashion, rife with inequality, can be found on this page.
Black Fashion Archive
Follow for: Black fashion history
Black fashion and style can be found on the Black Fashion Archive page. Some of the people who changed the industry are highlighted in posts.
Follow for: fashion through a pop-culture lens
TikTok videos tend to look at fashion shows. A recent post on the Fall 2023 collection of Miu Miu explores the influence of "eeb couture" and technology. The videos are fun and inclusive of youth culture.
Follow for: style inspo that centers Blackness
There is a fashion archive of epic moments in fashion with special attention to Black celebrities. Each post promises a piece of history and inspiration, whether it's an archival image ofJill Marie Jones onBET or Grace Jones in an interview.
Follow for: fashion job-hunting tips
It can feel like there is a lack of resources when it comes to finding a job in fashion because of the competitive nature of the industry. It's possible to find a fashion job if you know where to look, how to interview, and what to write on your resume.
Understitch can be used for a fashion business analysis. The trajectory and histories of fashion's biggest brands are covered in insightful videos. The viewer can understand how finance, marketing and creative work together at a fashion company.
Follow for: documentaries on the hottest names in fashion
If you're curious about the storied histories of fashion's top brands and most famous designers, Threaducation is the place to go. An intimate look at everyone from Issey Miyake to Kidsuper can be found in highly researched commentary and archival videos.
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