Go Back to School: Fashion Courses and Resources By Mariam Omar

Be it general creativity or a total passion for fashion, it’s never a bad idea to learn something new. Before I attended a womenswear design course in Milan, I sought out as much information as possible in order to be fully prepared for the degree ahead of me. So, if you’re thinking of making a career shift or just want to try your hand at designing, then these resources are for you.

Fashionary – The Basics

If you’d like to start with a book or just need a reference tool to learn the lingo, check out the collection of books from Fashionary. Not only do they make detailed, easy to follow manuals and information texts, they also have a notebook that is filled with lightly traced-on figures that you can just draw your designs over. It is a massive time saver for any novice or pro. I would highly recommend taking your first steps with this company.

Youtube Gem

In today’s world you can learn anything online for free, but let me tell you that I would pay good money for a course with Zoe Hong. Guess what, you don’t have to because her youtube channel is filled with detailed resources for anyone looking to start designing. From following the whole design process and creating portfolios, to constructing garments and giving advice on the job market in the industry, she is your go to for everything. And, I can confirm all the techniques she teaches are exactly what you learn in Fashion School (but a whole lot cheaper). 


There are so many fashion courses on this platform and a lot of them take on current changes in the industry. Right now I’m in the middle of my “Sustainable Fashion” at Copenhagen Business School and I’m loving it. Doing free courses online that have an academic structure will help you understand how to see the industry as a whole and how it works. If you’re looking to work in fashion, you will benefit from this the most.


First off, if you’re not on TikTok yet then what are you waiting for? TikTok is one of the best platforms for learning new things and connecting with other industry people and sharing tips. If you are ready to take on the sewing machine and pattern cutting life then you need to be on this platform. I find the simplest tips from other designers here and swap sewing stories with creators across the world. There’s a big Fashion Styling community on there, too. Whether you want to be a creator or a viewer, download this app now and thank me later. 

Remember, the fashion industry is first and foremost about community. Reaching out to me or any other creative is always welcomed and encouraged! Goodluck with your new endeavor and let me know if you’ve discovered any other awesome tools. 

Mariam Omar

Mariam is Social Media Freelancer who studied Fashion Design in Milan. She’s passionate about decoding fashion trends and wants to help ladies make the right choices when styling their outfits to always express themselves.

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