My Fashion Class in France
It’s been my ultimate goal for a few years now to work in the fashion industry. As a Creative Writing/Art History major in a school without a fashion department, I’ve been able to write research papers and poetry about fashion, but it wasn’t until this semester that I was able to take a legitimate fashion class.
Unfortunately for me, the only classes offered at Lycée Jules Haag are design classes. I was expecting to be led into a lecture hall my first day there, and was instead brought into a design studio. In high school, I had been really serious about Studio Art, but I hadn’t touched a 2B graphite pencil in three years. But regardless, I accepted the spot in the class, knowing that any opportunity is a good opportunity.
I also didn’t know how to sew, so I was quickly taught how to use a sewing machine, all in French. I now realize what a great skill sewing is, though. It could potentially save me a lot of money on clothes.
And the design class is the only class I take with French students. They were pretty excited to have someone to practice their English on, but when I asked them to speak French to me, they happily agreed and have helped me so much when I make mistakes. I’m also learning French terms for various fashion elements, which I could never get from writing research papers or reading magazines.
This design class has also taught me that I made the right choice trading my 2B pencil for a pen. It showed me that I would rather create ideas about fashion through writing than to create new types of clothing through design.