You may be a fashion or accessory designer, but you get a great deal of satisfaction passing on your knowledge to the next generation. If that’s the case, consider becoming a fashion instructor. With applicable degrees and a sufficient amount of industry experience—along with a natural ability to communicate your ideas before a diverse group of students—you can find a job teaching at a design school or in the textile department of a trade school, college, or university.
Depending on the number of classes you teach, you can create a flexible schedule that allows you time to research fabrics and keep up-to-date on materials and techniques while instructing a class and continuing to create and market your own fashions.
Other areas that fall under the fashion education category are style and makeup consultants, who advise, for instance, corporate clients on how to dress for success or conduct workshops at department store cosmetic counters. Another similar profession is that of clothing and makeup stylists, who set up fashion shoots for print media and television.