Many magazines like Vogue, Allure, GQ,I-Diva etc. feature a good amount of fashion content in their magazines. These fashion articles, photoshoots, styling etc. are overseen by a fashion editor. A lot of work and effort goes into the making of the content in the fashion magazines. The articles, the photo shoots, the cover shoots, the styling and the graphic designing. There are different teams and departments that work day and night tirelessly to bring you a full issue of a magazine. All of this work done by different departments is overseen by the fashion editor in chief who is the creative head of the entire fashion department.
The fashion editor combines both fashion and writing to create and publish fashion content. The fashion editor oversees the reporting, publishing and editing of visual and written content. The fashion editor works closely with his/her team. They oversee the pitching, writing, editing, cover shoots etc. Fashion editor is a highly coveted position. It is fast paced, exciting and competitive to say the least. It is not an entry level position and the working hours are long and stressful. A creative eye and attention to detail is a must for a fashion editor.
Now you have a rough idea about the fashion editor job but how do you become one? For that, keep on reading.
Becoming a fashion magazine editor
Get a degree
In order to become a fashion editor you need to have a bachelor’s degree. Some even have a master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree that focuses on verbal reasoning and fashion expertise is highly coveted. Be it fashion marketing, fashion merchandising or a journalism degree. Other degrees could be English literature, fine arts, graphic design etc.
If you are passionate about fashion journalism then write as much as you can. Write blogs or write a freelance piece for a publication or social media. Prove your passion.
Have a good portfolio.
Many publications require 1 to 5 years of editorial experience. You need to have experiences of being both writer and editor. The best way to build your career as a fashion editor is to get an internship at a fashion publication or to go for an entry level job as an editorial assistant and build your way through that.
Gain fashion experience
Fashion is an ever changing industry and to manage the fashion content it is important to have an intimate knowledge of the industry. It is important to network with the top designers, publicists and the top players of the industry. As a fashion editor it is your job to keep up with the trends and what’s happening in the industry.
A fashion editor job is highly exciting, fast paced and in all a stressful career. Most of the fashion editors mainly live in or at least visit these places a lot. They are Paris, Milan, Berlin, London, New York. These places are high on fashion and are important for the fashion industry. So if you have a passion for fashion and are also good at writing then this job would be perfect for you. Gain the right experience and you will be right on track. You can even start your own publication if you want to either digital or print or both it’s really up to you.