Fashion, perhaps more than most industries, is constantly changing. If you want to build a career in apparel design and manufacturing, you need to stay on top of those changes. Witness the shrinking of the top end of the industry as described by Vogue.
“Haute Couture Fashion Week was once a sacred institution reserved for createurs awarded the fiercely protected haute couture label by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Following strict guidelines, first outlined in 1945 (when more than 100 houses bore the label), each accredited maison is required to have an in-house atelier in which garments are custom-fitted to clients and then realised by a team of 20 or more who use recognised savoir-faire techniques. Today there remain just 15 brands with this distinction — historic maisons like Chanel and Christian Dior, as well as contemporary couturiers like Giambattista Valli and Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko — and of the 36 names on next week’s schedule, only 13 accredited houses appear. (Givenchy and Yiqing Yin are sitting this round out.)”