Fashion Editor

Decide what fashion trends a magazine will feature.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $97,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fashion Editors do?

If you’ve ever seen The Devil Wears Prada you know what a Fashion Editor does—just, imagine it without the attitude. Fashion Editors work in magazines, at television shows or on websites, deciding what their company will feature as that season’s next big thing, and how that next big thing will be presented in their publication.

Your job as a Fashion Editor begins months before an issue comes out. So if you’re working on the new trends for summer, expect to be looking at swimwear and skirts in December. To decide the trends you’ll look at Designer showcases and runway shows to figure out what the options are for the upcoming season. Then you’ll talk to stores to find out what sells well.

From this research you create an overall vision for what your publication will feature, then create story ideas and photo shoots that will present the clothing in the best possible way.

Surprisingly, Editors for the most part don’t write, unless it is a quick letter from the Editor or other type of editorial. But you will be the one to hand out article assignments to freelance Writers or Editorial Assistants.

Even though you won’t be doing a lot of writing, you’ll need to be good at communicating: You communicate with Fashion Designers and retailers, plus deal with Models, Stylists and Photographers. And as you’re in charge of everything that makes it’s way into the publication, you’ll read over every article written and decide if and how it can be improved on.

Should I be a Fashion Editor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • How to become a Fashion Editor

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