Are you obsessed with flipping through the glossy pages that are full of high-end designer fashions? Do you know what the latest trends are and keep an eye on the latest in designer news? If you have a keen eye for everything fashion and you also love the world of publishing, being a fashion editor might be the right career choice for you.

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Fashion Editor in Movie “Devil Wears Prada”.

Becoming a fashion editor is a dream for many, but understanding what it takes to get there is the first obstacle. While there are no real set rules for becoming an editor for a top fashion magazine, there are several steps one might want to try and follow in order to get there.

The first step to becoming a fashion editor is to really have a strong passion for everything in fashion. But since you’re already here, you most likely have the passion for fashion, you just really need the correct guidance to make a career out of it. Of course having a strong sense of style is also a plus. A fashion editor has to know the latest trends, what the classics are, and also needs to sport a fantastic style that is both respected and unique.

You don’t necessarily need to go to school for fashion editing, however having a fashion degree is always essential to be successful. Since there really isn’t a degree dedicated to just fashion editing, it’s a great idea to go get a bachelor’s in communication or journalism so you understand the process of writing, reporting, editing, proofing, and so on. Being a fashionista is only one step into this profession. You also have to know how to write well and how to edit work that is handed into you. A degree in communications or journalism can help you learn the tips of the trade making you an all star all the way.

Fashion Writing Classes

Once you get your bachelor’s you can always take classes in fashion writing that can help your craft. You can find classes at your local university or you can simply go to an online school and check out what online source is offering a class in fashion writing. Taking a four-week course in fashion writing can help you learn more about how to engage the readers with your fashion lingo, knowledge, and impeccable writing skills.

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Getting an Internship as a Fashion Editor

The next step is getting the appropriate internship. This is key to anyone who is interested in being a fashion editor because this way you can get your feet wet in a top-notch magazine and work directly with the people that can help build your career. It’s not always a glamorous job, but it will allow you to see what it takes to have a career in this industry and you’ll get to make some major contacts. A lot of interns also end up staying on board once their internship is up, either as a freelancer or in a staff position. As long as you are enthusiastic about being there and do your job there’s no telling what your internship can lead to.

So how do you get your resume into the magazine of your choice? If you are looking for an internship at a top fashion magazine, it’s best to check out online to see if there are looking for any interns. Many magazines post job listings on their site or on other writing sites like Ed2010.com and MediaBistro.com. You can easily search through these listings and send your resume directly through these sites. However, what if you can’t find the magazine of your choice? If the magazine you really want to intern at hasn’t posted anything online, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t looking. The best thing to do here is go through their masthead and find the correct correspondence to send your email to. When doing this, be sure not to shoot right to the top. Instead of emailing the editor-in-chief, try sending your resume to an associate editor or an assistant. These are the people that are more likely to get back to you rather than someone higher up that doesn’t necessarily have the time for cold emails.

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Anna Wintour editor-in-chief of American Vogue.


So if you’re able to find an internship and successfully complete it you might have a chance to stay there and take on a full time position. If that occurs, most likely you’d be moved to an assistant position. While this position is not necessarily glamorous and will require a lot of the same tasks as you did while interning, it is a step in the right direction. Sure, you’ll have to answer phone calls and be a runner at a photo shoot (possibly getting everyone coffee), but you are in the industry and making your way up. All big time editors had to do it so it only means you’re in the right direction for success.

After being an assistant, you might work your way up to associate editor where you’ll be able to work more on the magazine and not do a lot of the administrative stuff. This is where your writing role will come in. You’ll be able to contribute more to the magazine and will also be working with a senior editor and writers to help create exciting pages throughout the magazine.

All of this can eventually lead up to you getting an actual fashion editor position where you’ll be the big-wig on top of the masthead. While this all might seem like a long, grueling task to get here, these are essentials steps to make it happen and will give you the proper education along the way. While you have to have impeccable style to be a fashion editor, you also have to know what you’re doing and be a master at your profession.

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