Children's Literature · Nonfiction · Review

So, You Want to Work in Fashion? by Patricia Wooster

So You Want to Work in FashionSynopsis from Goodreads:

Have a passion for fashion? This comprehensive guide can help you land your dream job in the world of fashion and design.

Fashion is more than fun—it holds a wide array of career opportunities! From high-profile jobs like clothing designer, model, and fashion photographer to the not-so-well-known professions of fabric cutter and colorist, So, You Want to Work in Fashion? explores a wide world of possibilities that are thrilling and fulfilling.

In addition to tips and interviews from a variety of fashion professionals, So, You Want to Work in Fashion?, includes inspiring stories from young people who are in the industry right now, as well as activities, a glossary, and resources to help you on your way to a successful career in fashion.


Patricia Wooston’s So, You Want to Work in Fashion?: How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design describes all aspects of the fashion industry, including designing, journalism, modeling and blogging. I take that back, the “bowels of the fashion industry” (a.k.a. uniforms), as Rose in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead said, was not included. Tiny detail, but maybe the author believed kids would be put off by this. The book also includes interviews from people in the fashion industry and activities you can do to help break into fashion.

I saw this pop up as a suggestion for guests in Overdrive. I jumped to borrow and read it since I hold a love for fashion and watch Project Runway, What Not to Wear (when it was still airing) and other fashion shows regularly.

So, You Want to Work in Fashion? is written in a fun and almost conversational tone, directed at middle graders and teens (to a degree). Frequent interviews, quotes, quick facts and activities pepper the book. They’re interesting and provide inspiration and hope for those interested in fashion. There are few quizzes that gauge your interest in different careers in the fashion industry, e.g. would you like being a fashion designer or a magazine editor. As far as content goes, it does not teach sewing at all. It does say that if you are interested in working in fashion you should take some sewing classes.

The cover perfectly shows that this is a fashion book. Illustrations and text boxes appear as they probably do in the print editions. Web addresses still exist, as this is a recent publication.

So You Want to Work in Fashion? is a must-read for all people, regardless of age, interested in fashion.

Genres: Middle Grade, Nonfiction

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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