Is There A Future In Fashion? Prominent young designer Megan Salmon says, ''Professionals in the field have recognised that new designers are being welcomed into the industry more readily and that the focus is moving away from 'big labels'.'' However, job prospects in this field are limited with numbers remaining very small outside the larger cities. The fashion industry has much greater representation in Melbourne and Sydney, but even there, fashion design is a small and competitive occupation. A career in fashion design is not for the weak hearted. For every designer who achieves success and recognition, many more have failed. Entry into this highly competitive occupation will require presentation of a portfolio of your work, so try to get one underway as soon as possible. And for those people interested in opening their own business, they are strongly advised to gain some first hand experience about retail management. Megan, who is enjoying success as a self employed fashion designer, is the first to admit that running her own business was an eye opener. ''You must be very resourceful when opening your own fashion store, taking into consideration the cost of advertising, rent, and materials. Establishing a new label is a costly and an unpredictable business.''