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Updated: Aug 19, 2019

It dawned on me the other day that many of my young Design mentees, have no idea how to gather resources and do proper research. This is imperative in the ever-changing business of Fashion. You must learn how to find critical information that can inspire you but also give you an accurate pulse on the industry. So I decided to list a few types of resources that are imperative to you staying connected to the Fashion Industry and staying abreast of things that are new and hot. So here we go!


Council of Fashion Designers of America

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

The Fashion Group International

The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professionalorganization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.



Just-style is a news service and market research site for the apparel and textile industry. Access to much of the site is through paid subscription, however, access to a limited number of monthly articles and insight pieces may be gained by registering as a free user.

New York Magazine: Fashion

New York magazine features extensive on-line fashion resources including news articles, blogs, and an events calendar as well as topical videos and slideshows. Street style is highlighted in the well-known Look Book link which features photographic portraits and brief interviews with stylish New Yorkers. Click on the Shows, Designers or Models links and search alphabetically to bring up helpful profile information as well as runway photographs.

Women's Wear Daily (WWD)

Provides full text access to Women's Wear Daily. Updated daily. Access limited to Kent campus, with a limit of 10 simultaneous users.


BoF: The Business of Fashion

This site provides daily fashion news and industry insight. While access to all material requires professional membership, fashion student's are able to register for free membership through sponsorship by TopShop.


Fashionista is a source of fashion news, criticism and career advice with a monthly readership of more than 2.5 million. As one of the most influential voices covering fashion, Fashionista is an agenda-setter for the industry as well as influential fashion-focused consumers.

Arts Thread

The UK-based Arts Thread website is aimed at connecting Design Arts students and graduates (fashion, craft and VC), and the creative industry. "For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide." Students may upload their visual portfolios, find basic career advice, read about exhibits and follow the blog.

The above list doesn't even begin to include every aspect of the business. The glorious thing about being a designer in the tech savvy age is that you literally have information at your finger tips. I would make research a part of your daily habit. Read something Fashion related daily to ensure you stay sharp and current on the Industry.

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