High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in fashion may want to consider applying to Parsons The New School for Design. The university's list of notable alumni include Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Proenza Schouler, among others.
During his time at Parsons, Marc Jacobs won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award in 1984, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and the Design Student of the Year Award.
While still at the school, Jacobs designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters. He also designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, under the Sketchbook label. Following his studies at Parsons, Jacobs began to design at Perry Ellis after its founder died.
In 1986, he designed his first collection with the Marc Jacobs label. The next year, Jacobs was the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry's highest tribute, The Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.
Most recently, Marc Jacobs was chosen to be among Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fashion designers earned an average of $61,160 during 2008.
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