6 Things Anna Wintour Taught Us

Anna Wintour gave a speech at the alma-mater of such design successes as Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs and the late Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins and she had some pretty tough love to give. For those who are trying to make it in the fabulous yet fearsome fashion world. Here are some of Anna’s best words of wisdom directly from her speech.

1. “I personally would advise you to think carefully before you start your own business, and consider possibly working for a designer or a company whose work you admire.”

In other words, pay your dues. No one who is just out of college with no, or very little, work experience can expect to jump right into the driver’s seat. Even after four years of school, most young creative still have a lot to learn.

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2. “Go get a job. Whether it’s working as a designer or working in a restaurant and then doing your own thing in your own time, it’s a reality of life.”

You don’t necessarily have to sell out and go the money making route of giving up your dream for cold hard cash, but the fact is, that without cold hard cash, actually succeeding in your chosen career is going to be rough… Or even more rough than it may already be.
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3. “Please listen to me when I say: an interesting creative presentation is just as effective as a fashion show”

Considering how much debt most students find themselves in just out of college, this is pretty reassuring to know.

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4. “You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself.”

In other words, don’t be shy. Anna may be scary but she doesn’t actually bite… or at least we don’t think she does.

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5. “It’s possible in today’s world to be instantly famous, whether it’s through Instagram or whatever platform it may be, but it’s a very different matter to be successful financially and in the long-term”
While social media may help you promote your brand, what you really need is professional approval, not the approval of 30 strangers liking your selfie.

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6. “I have not seen too many successful designers who’ve managed alone, without their business partner”
There is no harm in asking for help when you need it. Very few people can get by on their own in almost any sense of life. It is good to be able to stand on your own two feet but, make sure you have some good friends to fall back on when times get tough.

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