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It depends on what you want your role in the industry to be.
I'll just assume you are thinking of becoming a fashion designer.
If you want to be a model, all you do is go to a model agency and they'll tell you what they think. No real education required. Really cutthroat business though; it's as easy to get into as it is to be kicked out.
People who aspire to be fashion designers usually start by entering into a Fashion Design program at a university. Acceptance into these programs alsmost always requires a portfolio interview, and portfolios for fashion design applicants put more stress on colour/pattern, drawing ability and previous experience in sewing/fashion design in comparison to other areas of design. Note that a degree in Fashion Design isn't a requirement for becoming famous, but it definitely helps. You will leave university with a paper saying that you're good at what you do and you will end up with the skills you need to be adept in your trade.
Unlike most industries, the university you choose is VERY important. Fashion design is a VERY saturated industry and more designers graduate than is really needed. To get noticed quickly, you need to graduate from the BEST schools and at the TOP of your class. Those that aren't so lucky generally enter an internship with a fashion label after university, and others are even less lucky. It's a tough business. The best fashion schools are all located in Europe, save for a few prestigious art schools in the States. The #1 school would probably be Instituto Marangoni in Milan.
I've heard from many people that fashion school is a b!tch. Everyone wants to graduate at the top of their class, and as a result, a lot of sabotaging goes on, especially at the scchools with the "bigger" names. Students will steal your swatches and designs; not because they want to use them, but because they want to set you back 1 week.
Getting the job you want right out of university is very tough. There are a lot of fashion designers that have successfully secured themselves into society and they sure as hell aren't going to let any new faces step in on their territory.
But of course, there are many other jobs outside of being a fashion designer. You could be a buyer, a personal shopper, a manager, merchandiser, trend analyst, fabric/trim buyer, creative director, stylist, colorist, textile desiner, footwear designer, costume designer....
I never thought becoming a fashion designer will be that hard. I don't think I have the skills to become a fashion designer.
I always thought you needed to get a job in one of the major labels.
Woah. My mind is blown.
*mental note to self: Don't be a fashion designer*
I'll just continue drawing my little outfits for fun.