If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about how to build a fashion career, it's Vogue'sAndré Leon Talley. Having risen through the ranks while assisting for the iconic Diana Vreeland, the small boy from North Carolina is now a bona fide fashion force.
"You have to do your homework. In life, homework is important. That’s the advice I give to students. Homework could be reading or learning how to do [a particular] stitch," Talley said. "You can also do that on your own if you simply go to the library. It’s not necessarily about being on the computer and googling it. That’s not enough. You have to explore it."
He continues, "You can’t go toward the future without some sense of the past. Everything in life goes in cycles, and you cannot have any strength if you don’t know what the masters did. Masters in fashion would be the history of Balenciaga, the history of Yves Saint Laurent, the history of the 18th century."