Be a Professional Fashionista

Running Wild
Cotton and the Spinner

Fashion Industry Careers coverFashion Industry Careers
Cassiday
1977

Pro Tip: If you are in your forties or fifties and a book shows up in your teen collection that could have been in your high school library, time to do a bit of weeding. I am going to go out on limb and guess that maybe more current information would be better for our teens researching careers. If anyone cares, I think I might have owned that blazer featured in 4th picture.

Mary

Cutting fabric

Fashion Careers estimated pay

Fashion industry estimated pay

tailoring suits

fashion industry job outlook

8 comments

  1. Since the magazine staff listing doesn’t include an entry for “photoshopper” I’m going to call this weed-worthy.

  2. I really enjoy the poverty level wages that are listed as–I presume–an incentive to follow this line of work. $85 per week!

    1. Actually for that time, those wages aren’t too bad. Accounting for inflation, $4 back in ’77 is equal to about $15 today. So making $4 per hour was pretty good.

  3. Those weren’t poverty level wages when it was published however… And I wouldn’t have worn that jacket even when it was in style and I was the demographic for it. It was probably for a 30-40 year old then – of course that’s JMHO…

  4. Not quite so poverty level when you take into account inflation. That $85 a week in 1977 would be the equivalent of $328 a week today. Which, granted, isn’t all that much money, but still comes out to $8.20 an hour assuming a 40-hour week. For a beginning fashion illustrator, that isn’t too shabby!

    Of course, that doesn’t change the fact the book is 36 years old and the fashion industry is no longer the same place as it was in 1977. More current information definitely needed.

    1. In some states, $8.20 an hour is less than minimum wage. And it would result in a wage that is below the poverty level for a family of 3.

      1. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour (has been since 2009). While some states may have a higher minimum wage, not all of them do.

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