How to Become a Fashion Designer at Age 12

You are never too young to become a Fashion Designer or start your very own fashion line- and  Isabella Rose Taylor- proves to everyone that dreams can come true- launching her very own fashion line at age 12.

How to become a fashion designer at age 12

Isabella, now a mere age of  13- has just won a contract with large department store ‘Nordstroms’ in the United States!

In addition to that- she is also set to debut at New York Fashion week later this year!

Isabella has achieved what many designers only hope for- all at age 13!

This just goes to show- the fashion industry isnt predujice- you can be successful at any age- whether it be 12 years old or 40-  When you have talent- you have talent!

Become a fashion designer at age 12

So- how does one land a contact with such a large department store? Follow Isabella’s story  below…

Isabella Taylor- 13 year old Fashion Designer

Born in Austin, Texas, Taylor has always been drawn to art. Isabella started sketching fashion designs and creating dream boards at age 8, and knew that this was the career path that she wanted to take.  Her parents sent her to her first sewing camp at around age 10.

“I think my parents saw how committed I was when I tried to sew a collection that summer,” Taylor said.

The first few professional dresses she made with her name on it proved to be popular.

“I did a trunk show at a couple boutiques and I sold out most of my stuff. So, I just put all of my things online and started selling online,” she said.

Isabella Taylor how to become a fashion designer at age 13

Suddenly her designs, which were already being showcased in Austin, got a global following. Well-known designers like Charlotte Ronson began mentoring her and offers started rolling in.

Now her line is debuting at Nordstrom stores this fall and she’s set to hold her first show at New York Fashion Week.

Nordstrom ordered 13 pieces from her collection to put in stores across the nation, making Taylor one of the youngest designers for a major retailer ever.

“It just started out as a really fun hobby and it grew into a business over the years,” Taylor said at her Austin, Texas, home, where she’s converted one room into a studio and another into an office. She added, “I just really fell in love with it the way I fell in love with art, and I realized that I just had so much fun connecting the two.”

You can view Isabella’s range here:

Top Advice For Young  Fashion Designers

 When asked what she tells other young people about her achievements, she offered some advice.

“I always talk about setting goals. Don’t limit yourself, like, let your mind dream as big as it can. And ask for help because a lot of people will give you such great advice and wisdom. And I would not be where I am without that advice from all these people,” she said.”

become a fashion designer at age 10 or 12 or 13 without getting a degree

How to Become a Fashion Designer

Having a Fashion mentor can really help you get started as a designer- someone to help guide you in the right direction, and give you the helpful tips to make you successful. Our Fashion Design Ebook Course offers young designers- from age 10- valuable fashion templates that they can download to help them design outfits, as well as useful tips about getting started in the fashion industry.

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The Top 10 Fashion Shows of All Time

Fashion Shows are the best way for a designer to show off their latest collection to potential buyers and department stores and boutiques, high end clients and celebrities- as well as the all important fashion media.

top fashion show- Dior 2014

A Fashion show can really create hype and interest in a brand, and ultimately ‘make’ or ‘break’ the designer.  But what makes a great fashion show?

Here are the Top 10 Fashion Shows of all time- that you as a designer can take inspiration on for your next collection or fashion show! (You can steal their inspiration and create your own version!)

Best Fashion Shows

Best Fashion Shows

Dior created an indoor green house catwalk for the brands 2014 fashion show, with a large structure errected , and adorned with vines and trees.  The fashion show was alive with colour and texture with thousands of hanging vines and flowers.  As a designer starting out, you could create your own version of this catwalk with a green wall on the stage.


Ellie Saab created high end luxury look by showing their collection of bridal and evening dresses in a cathedral with large oversized crystal chandeliers hanging over the catwalk. The use of Pink and purple lighting in the room made the chandeliers stand out.

Elie Saab : Runway – Paris Fashion Week : Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015

chanel fashion show best catwalk design

Coco Chanel always makes the biggest statement with large props made for their fashion shows. ( They spend around a million per fashion show to create that ‘WOW’ factor!) If you wanted to incorporate the circus or fair theme into your fashion show but don’t have the budget, you could always hold your fashion show at a theme park after hours, around the carousel on site.

Chanel fashion show

Dolce and Gabana Fashion Show 2008


This fashion show above is simple yet very effective. Why not have a bunch of pastel rose petals drop from nets above on the finale?  ( You could also use confetti or glitter as an alternative.)

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Dior creates a large paper flower prop on the stage of the catwalk… an idea that can easily be replicated within a budget-  yet very striking for photos!

Alexander McQueen

Alexander Mc Queen one year had two spray paint machines spraying the models dresses with paint in front of the audience! The model stood on the turn- table that spun her around, while her dress was artistically spray painted by machines!

Another use of chandeliers in a fashion show- this time with dark moody props. What we like about this show is that Dior got all of its employees and workers to come out at the end of the show to be acknowledged.  It made a large impact for the audience, as they could appreciate how much time and man power goes into making a collection!

If you have a swim or resort fashion label, a catwalk over a pool is a great scene for your fashion show!

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Louis-Vuitton-SS13 fashion show

Shopping centre fashion parades taken to the next level! Innovative but very simple!

So there you go- a whole lot of ideas for to showcase your next collection and stand out from the crowd!


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Learn How to Illustrate Fashion

Do you love fashion, but want to learn how to illustrate your design ideas? It can be easy with the right tools and templates! Being able to illustrate and communicate your ideas is priceless in getting your dream job as a designer-  as its the main way you can demonstrate your design talent and explain your style and design ideas!

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Learn How to Illustrate Fashion with Pencil

1. Using a dark soft pencil start with the face outline and figure of the fashion model.  Use the ’8′ heads principle  for getting your porportions right.  If you need help with drawing the fashion figure-  you can get some downloadable templates here.

Fashion Illustration- fashion design ebook Next draw the outline of your clothing. Always start with the silhouette.  Next start adding in the detail of your designs- such as stitch lines, seams, zips, buttons and necklines.

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Once you are happy with the design, start to render or colour the skin of the model.  Next start colouring the clothes of  your design.  After this, start to add in dimension to your designs, by using shading.  Use darker shades in the folds of clothing,  and around the outline of the clothing.  Start to add in more detail of the models face and hair.

How to illustrate fashion


Finally, use a thin black outline around the drawing, to define the elements!

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Fashion illustrations from our past fashion student Chelsea Leau!  Enrol in one of our fashion programs today to sharpen your skills! Visit:  or you can download our ebook as well to get you started!


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How to Design A Floral Maxi Dress

Floral Maxi Dress DesignsEverybody loves a floral maxi dress for summer, and 2014/15 poses a large season of vintage floral prints in sheer fabrics: voile, chiffons and light weight cotton.

But using a floral print can lend itself to some dress styles more than others.

When designing with floral print, you need to consider the size of the floral, and design of the dress.  Too large a floral print can make the wearer look larger than they are.

Here are some maxi-dress designs for inspiration…

DG-Floral Maxi DressFloral Maxi Dress 2Floral Maxi Dress Fashion Designlong-sleeve-floral-maxi-dressVintage Floral Maxi Dress vintage floral cotton two-tone lace boho maxi dress


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Top Fashion Blogger Affiliate Programs You Should Know

Top Fashion Affiliate Programs- to Monetize Your Fashion Blog

Who says that you can’t make money from your blog?Fashion-affiliate-program for bloggers

Fashion is one of the biggest industries today. It has a wide interest and following, and many fashionistas are following blogs for their style advice over print magazines.  This puts any fashion blogger in with a perfect opportunity to make money from their blog through displaying ‘Fashion Affiliates’ Products and programs.

This article talks about how a Fashion Affiliate Program works,  the key questions to ask, top programs that will give you a great commission, and how to make the best use of your affiliate program by using social media.  So- here goes…

What is a Fashion Affiliate Program? How Does it Work on Your Fashion Blog?

A Fashion affiliate program is basically a program where a fashion company offers a % of commission for representing their brand.

Usually fashion affiliate programs offer graphic banners that you can put on your blog, with a ‘hop link’ that goes back to their site, where the customer can buy something.

If your blog follower buys something as a result of seeing the banner, to clicking on a link from our blog-  you get paid a % of the sale.

The way the sale is tracked back to you- is through what they call a ‘hop link’.  This is a special link coded to your blog,  so when its clicked- the affiliate program knows that the web traffic can from your site.


Hoplinks are super easy to install on your blog-  you can embed the hop link in a description about the product on your site, or link a picture  like a banner to the hop link.

Once you set up a ‘Banner Ad’  on your site, with the hop link – you can just sit back and relax- and wait for the money to come in!

That’s whats so great about an affiliate program-  you don’t have to do any of the selling, the shipping, or any other work-  you are just drawing traffic to another company that does all that for you- and just pays you an affiliate commission!

If you’re planning to set up a fashion blog or you might already have one, you’ll be more than happy that you can actually turn your fashion blog into something that will generate money.

Everyone wants to earn, right? Especially if it is from doing what you really love. In fact, most people who have fashion blog are already making a decent amount of money each month. So the problem for you now is how will you be able to achieve this?

Top Fashion Affiliate Programs

Each of the fashion affiliate programs and networks generally work in the same way – you apply directly with fashion retailers you’re interested in. If you’re accepted, you’ll get access to banners, links and other tools.  You get your own unique hop link  that tracks back to your site, and you  get permission to use their banners and graphics on your site.

In terms of getting paid, Payout times and terms vary by  fashion program.  It can range from a low 5% of sale  to a high percentage such as 50% of each sale.


The hardest thing when applying for a fashion affiliate program is getting approved by the retailer- or getting accepted into the affiliate program.

Quite often they analyse your site, want to see that the branding and image of your fashion blog is a good fit to their brand, and they also want to see that you are an established blogger.

This can be hard when you are first starting  out on your blog. Its catch 22 really-  more affiliates on your site can make your site look more professional, but how do you get accepted into fashion affiliate programs in the first place?

You have to start somewhere!


If you want a really great fashion affiliate program that pays a high percentage, and  you automatically get accepted into the program ( no approval process) La Mode fashion school offers a great affiliate program for promoting their fashion design ebook and courses.

To apply for their fashion affiliate program-  all you need to do is signup here:

You will also get paid a high  50%  per sale-  making on average $22  per sale!  ( some of their top fashion blogs are making $200 per week from just displaying their banner ads!!!  Now that a great shoe budget per week!  It could even pay your rent each week!!)

The great thing is – it is really relevant to your site- your followers love fashion, and obviously may be interested in finding out more about starting their own fashion line, or doing some sort of fashion course.


Retail Fashion Affiliate Networks

If you prefer to represent fashion retailers,  here is a list of clothing affiliates:

Fashion Affiliates on LinkShare

  • Nordstrom
  • Macy’s
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Saks
  • Net-a-Porter
  • The Outnet
  • Alexander Wang
  • ASOS
  • Topshop
  • J.Crew
  • Forever21
  • Sephora
  • Clinique

Fashion Affiliates on Commission Junction

  •  Zappos
  •  Ferragamo
  • Luisa via Roma
  • Shopbop
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Bluefly
  • Banana Republic
  • Gap
  • Free People
  • Ann Taylor
  • Old Navy
  • Nasty Gal

The Downside to Working With Fashion Retail Affiliate Programs

Chances are you see retailers in a lot of different networks that you’d like to promote. Unless you have a large amount of traffic, or do very well with one program on each, chances are the time it takes to build links, keep up with promotions, and even research specific products to link to will start to take a significant amount of time.

Almost all of the networks offer an email contact to the program manager. If your site is initially rejected, but you think that your blog and audience would be a good fit for the advertiser, send an email to the program manager outlining your traffic, popular posts that relate to the products or brands they carry, and ask them to reconsider. Most of the time, this will turn any initial “no”s into acceptance. If it doesn’t, you’ll usually at least get a more detailed explanation on the reason your site wasn’t improved, which can be valuable for improving your blog.

 Alternative Fashion Blogger Affiliate Programs

If the above fashion retailer affiliate programs aren’t working for you, or you can’t get accepted,  you can try the below fashion programs:

Fashion affiliate program australia UK for bloggers

1. Fashion Traffic

Operates across payment types, and offers publishers CPC, CPM (cost per thousand impressions) and CPS (cost per sale) payments from multiple advertisers in one program.

2. ShopSense by ShopStyle

Payments are based on a CPC model, relative to website traffic quality. Specifics aren’t issued in terms of website quality, but ratio of visitors who click to visitors who go on to make a purchase probably plays a role.

Prominent publishers using ShopSense/ShopStyle: the Popsugar group of sites, The Fashion Bomb

3. Reward Style

Payments are on a CPS basis, meaning publishers are paid only if visitors purchase something after clicking an affiliate link.

Prominent publishers using RewardStyle:, Man Repeller, Fashionista, Gabi

4. Fashion Affiliate Program By

This program offers 50% of each sale, and pays you weekly. Many fashion design blogs have had success with this program by displaying a banner ad in a prominent spot, as well as doing a blog post about the product.  Some affiliates are earning a passive amount of $200 per week from this program.

Top Questions About Fashion Affiliate Programs

You probably already know that affiliate programs are one of the easiest ways to monetize fashion related traffic.

Here are the top questions that I get asked about fashion affiliate programs:

1. How many clicks does it take before someone buys something?

2. Is one type of affiliate program faster to pay out than another?

3. What can I do to make more money from affiliate programs?

Obviously if you choose a program that has a higher % commission per sale, you will make more money. Most programs design their banners in the best possible way to get the most amount of interest and traffic.  The below article gives you some ideas of making more money from an affiliate program.


Making the Most Out Of Your Fashion Affiliate Program

Once you are approved with a fashion affiliate program-  its up to you to draw traffic to that site with your special coded link or hop link.

You can do this several ways:

- Place banner ads at the top of your blog, under the header graphic

- Place banner ads in the side column/ bar of your blog

- Use a variety of banner graphics- and place them in a few different spots on your blog

- Pinning- through Pinterest ( use the banners  of your affiliate program and upload them to pinterest- putting them on your own boards, with a description. )

-Facebook and twitter- highlighting the product on your blogs Facebook page, with a review of the product- and why you think its worthy…

- Write a blog post/ review on your blog with the pros and cons of the products that your affiliate represents..

Remember- be persistent and never give up!  Keep on blogging and building your followers and  remember to keep your ads relevant to your followers interests!


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Top Fashion Sketches and Techniques

Top Fashion Sketches: The Techniques to Make Your Portfolio Stand Out!

Are you an ambitious designer who has a whole-hearted passion for clothes and fashion designs?  Then  building a portfolio of professional fashion sketches is imperative to your success as a designer, and obtaining employment.  We have listed some top fashion sketches below for you to gain inspiration from.

Top Fashion Sketches 2014

Fashion designers must present the best and hottest fashion design to the fashion market and buyers using professional Fashion Sketches and Techniques.

Top Fashion Sketches in Pencil

Pencil can be very effective- and do the trick for illustrating your designs and sketching them fast.  It communicates the general silhouette of your design, without fabric or colour clues.  You can just attach a colour swatch to your pencil drawing to give the buyer the idea of what fabric and colour you invisage.

Pencil and Watercolour

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Top  Fashion Sketches Using Markers

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How to illustrate fashion

Fashion Sketch Using Markers

Markers are a great medium to use to really bring life to your fashion sketches. Markers are easy to use, and can add dimension to your designs, and make it easy for shading.  It also gives the fashion buyer an idea of colour and pattern of your designs. You can use a pencil outline for your fashion sketch first, then shade your design with markers.  Go over the clothing in creases, and fabric folds, to make it a darker shade.  This gives your fashion sketch a 3D effect, and makes it come to life! Chelsea Leau- one of our mentoring students demonstrates how to use markers above, along with illustrator Brooke Hagel.

Top Fashion Sketches- Watercolour Technique

Top Fashion Sketches

Top Fashion Sketches Water colour

Watercolour is another technique you can use to render your fashion sketch or illustration. It adds a soft fluid effect to your fashion sketch.  The tip is to make your fashion sketch larger, as it is easier to colour with a brush, without accidently going outside the area you want to shade.  Also use a thick absorbant paper- around a 300gsm or at least 210 gsm in weight.  Thin paper will just absorb the water from the paint, and go straight through the paper to the other side.  Elena Fay demonstrates how to use watercolour effectively above.

Top Fashion Sketches  Using Collage

Collage Fashion Sketch Ilustration

kat-macleod- top fashion sketches and illustrations

Top Fashion Sketches- Using Adobe Photoshop  ( CAD)

top fashion sketches using CAD and photoshop Ilustrator

top fashion sketches using photoshop illustrator

fashion sketch ilustration using photoshop

fashion sketch using photoshop

The great thing about doing your sketches on the computer using the likes of corel draw, photoshop or adobe illustrator  is that if you make a mistake, you can un-do it!  Its really easy to copy and paste different colours into the garments, and change elements of your design at a click of a button! You can save templates of your designs to use later and modify to make it look different!

If you would like to learn how to illustrate your designs professionally, we do have a ebook course that helps you develop your skills as a Fashion Designer, and we give you some downloadable fashion figure templates!  View our home page to see the offer!

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Fashion Design Illustrations by Roberto Cavalli

Top Fashion illustrations by Roberto Cavalli- Famous Fashion Designer

Years ago when I was a Fashion student I was forever looking for the top designer’s fashion design illustrations, as I always found them so inspirational. So, I have done this blog post for all the budding fashion designers out there- here are some amazing and inspirational fashion illustrations by the famous Roberto Cavalli!

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This would have to be my favourite sketch! The print is amazing!

Beyonce Knowles Fashion Illustration  Sketch

Beyonce Knowles Fashion Illustration Sketch

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Wedding Dress Design Illustration with lace detail

Miley Cirus Fashion Design Illustration by Roberto Cavalli

Miley Cirus Fashion Design Illustration by Roberto Cavalli

 The above illustrations are of the costumes Roberto Cavalli designed for Miley Cyrus’ upcoming Bangerz tour, which kicks off February 14 in Vancouver.  Cavalli’s custom made collection for Miley includes a denim ensemble and a crystal jumpsuit that is very Britney Spears inspired.  Be ready for lots of skin and sparkle but so far there’s no hints of any teddy bear costumes!

If you would like to develop your skills as a fashion designer and learn how to illustrate your designs like a pro,  we have an ebook program you may be interested in.  You can check out the details on our home page:


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Feather Fashion- Haute Couture Dresses

Feather Fashion- Top Fashion Design Trend

Feathers have long been used for the catwalks of Haute Couture fashion designers, and in there stunning evening dresses and gowns! Here are some great inspiration pictures of  the best feather fashion!

Beaded Feather Gown by Givenchy Fall Collection 2010

feather fashion evening dress

An Amazing Rose Pink Feathered Dress with beaded corset, and a mini- maxi skirt with ruffles and feathers!

Feathered Dress

Feathered jacket shawl/ layered over vintage lave and encrusted jewels..

Feather fashion jacket

Alexander Mc Queen Feathered gown..

Feather gown by fashion design alexander mcqueen

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If you are a fashion designer and want to know where to get feathers  or feathered fabric to make your dress or design,  you can visit our fashion mentoring program, which includes some of the best fabric wholesalers that have high end feathered fabric!  For more details, visit:



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3D Sculptural Fashion Design

Get inspiration from these amazing 3D Sculpture Fashion Designs!

If you are designing a collection these are great inspirations and examples of how you can create great shape, texture and design to your fashion!

These are some of the best 3D Fashion Scultpures and Art Forms!

Dutch Fashion Designer Iris V Herpen creates a 10 piece fashion collection called ”Crystallization”.  For the collection below, she creates this garment from 3D printing!

3D sculture Fashion design

The below picture is a great example of use of leather and netting to create great shape and  3D sculpture..

Sculptural fashion design

Fashion Designer Catherine Wales- Produced this beautiful detailed and blossoming shoulder piece from white nylon and  a 3D printer!  Catherine’s futuristic collection is completely unique and can be used both editorially to stimulate conceptual thinking and scientifically to develop the capabilities of luxury fashion prototyping within the 3D space.

Catherine-Wales-3D-FashionDesign- Textile DesignCanadian designers participated in a project to create a 3D Sculptural fashion piece entirely made out of toilet paper for Breast Cancer week!


Sculptural Fashion Design made out of paper

The paper Sculture by Fashion Designer Vega Wang

3D Paper Fashion design Sculpture

Minette Shuen is a young australian fashion designer, recent graduated from Sydney University of Technology in 2012. She also have a BA of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Sub major: Marketing) and a BA of Arts in International Studies (France) This is her collection: Dis/Sect…


French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier for his Haute Couture fashion collection in 2009-2010 designs a 3D Corset made from Shiny Metallic Leather! Im in love…

3D fashion Design

Sculptural Fashion Design textile design by Jean Pail gaultier

Model  below wears the designs by French fashion designer Stephane Rolland for his 20011 Haute Couture Range.


You can learn how to develop your skills as a Fashion Designer by doing our fashion design success mentoring program, featured here:


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How to Draw Fashion Illustrations- With Kat Macleod

Kat Macleod’s Fashion Technique on How to Draw Fashion Illustrations

Kat Macleod has illustrated several books, including the multi-award winning Bird (2002, 3 Deep Design), The Cocktail (2005, Hardie Grant), Michi’s Like I Give a Frock (2008, Penguin) and the forthcoming What on earth are you wearing? (2010, Penguin).

Her illustrations have appeared in several publications including Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and The Age, and she has completed commissions for the likes of Collette Dinnigan, Third Drawer Down and Heide Museum of Modern Art.  You can see more of Cat’s illustration on her Blog:

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How to Draw Fashion Illustrations- like Cat

1. Using Pencil, Draw outline of fashion body and figure. ( you can use a fashion croqui or template to help you…)

2. Illustrate/ Draw  your fashion designs on to the body.

3. Decide what components of the illustration that you would like to be 3D or use Fabric for

4. Select the fabric that you would like to use

5. With a stanley knife, cut out the garment that you would like to fill with fabric. ( Following the sihouette)  Leave the rest of the sketch on the page. Your basically creating a cut-out.

6. Insert the fabric behind the piece of paper, and use glue or sticky tape to hold the fabric behind.  You will now be able to see the fabric in the garment form the front of the fashion illustration.

7. Complete the illustration by using water colour to colour in other aspects of the drawing- like the hair for example.

8. You can add extra 3D items like glitter, sequins or additional fabric to other parts of the illustration to add to the 3D effect.

Voilla!  A beautiful fashion illustration- Cat Macleod style!

If you would like more professional fashion design techniques and fashion figure templates, you can read about our ebook course here:


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