Summer Reading Anyone? (Go For It!) Fashion Designer’s Resource Book: Fashioning Your Life By Samata Angel
What advantages does your book offer its readers? Firstly, an insightful overview of all the players in the industry; having a thorough understanding of how the dynamics work is crucial. The harshest lesson I learned is that creative brilliance is probably just 30 percent of the equation—the rest is about understanding the fundamentals of the business (finance, how to market yourself, selling your brand), which the book breaks down. It also examines methods for maintaining integrity and how to have a sense of balance while making your way through the industry.
What do you wish you had known when you were starting off as a designer? That the concept of an overnight success is a myth. I bought into the idea of being discovered immediately, and I was very hard on myself. It was only after hearing someone like Vivienne Westwood explain how long it took to get the manufacturing right or get the financials lined up that I learned that overnight success doesn’t really exist. You shouldn’t resent the struggle or the process—it’s learning.
What’s the most shocking thing you discovered about the industry during your research? That it literally never sleeps. You have to have an incredible level of energy—bordering on superhuman—to make it. At 3 a.m., you could very well need to take action on something happening in Los Angeles or Tokyo; everyone just gets that we’re on a global clock. The pressure to be “on” 24/7 can make it difficult to maintain a state of well-being optimal for creating great work.
Read more: Samata Angel Interview — ELLE
Page 1 of 22
← Newer • Older →