Designer and author, Lauren Conrad, is an FIDM alumna


Individuals who are interested in fashion may want to consider enrolling in a design school. Colleges such as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising-Los Angeles boast celebrity alumni such as Lauren Conrad, the star of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills, author, and fashion designer.

During the second season of Laguna Beach, Conrad began taking classes at a local community college before transferring to FIDM. She landed an internship at Teen Vogue while filming the first season of The Hills, according to People magazine.

Conrad has since developed a new fashion line, the Lauren Conrad Collection, that debuted at the Mercedes Benz LA Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in March 2008. In fall 2009, she launched LC by Lauren Conrad in Kohl's stores nationwide.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fashion designers can earn an average of $61,160 annually. In addition, they held about 22,700 jobs in 2008. Approximately 31 percent of these professionals worked for apparel, piece goods and notions merchant wholesalers, and 13 percent worked for apparel manufacturers. Many others were self-employed.

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