The journey a designer takes from collection to world domination is bespoke to the individual.
And although no one story is the same when a designer finds fame, parallels can be drawn and a blueprint laid out to aid their adventure.
Education is the jumping-off point, be it art school a la Jonathan Saunders or apprenticeship like Alexander McQueen.
During the last few months I’ve been going behind the scenes of the fashion world to find out what it really takes for a designer to crack the industry.
As my journey reaches the halfway point, one element comes up time and time again as I talk with insiders from all walks of the business.
It all begins from the base around you, irrespective of where those roots lie.
Friends and family are the jumping-off network to a wide-scale web.
Wayne and Gerradine Hemingway roped in aunties and their mates to staff sewing machines when Macy’s first big order came Red or Dead’s way.
Christopher Kane attributes the partnership with his sister Tammy as the reason Donatella Versace took an interest. The synergy in their sibling relationship mirroring the one she had with brother Gianni.
That person standing right beside you could have the capacity to change your life – all you have to do is talk about it with them.