MaxineTanner | September 18, 2015
A how to guide on budgeting for fashion school:
Step 1. Create a budget
Step 2. Throw your budget out the window
It’s time to face the reality upfront, being a fashion student is expensive and at the end of the semester your ass is going to be broke.
Your main expense? Fabrics. Yes you’ll start the semester with a budget intact and the intention to spend it wisely yet, you’ll find yourself wandering back into the most expensive fabric store on the block, where you make a spur of the moment decision to make your entire collection out of leather. Not to mention you have to bear the attitude of the uptight saleswomen who look down on you because frankly you’re not Alber Elbaz, you act like Kanye West and they can tell your net income simply by what you’re wearing.
The most desirable expense? Clothes. The irony in the fact that you’re a fashion student who can’t afford to buy themselves new clothes each season is as depressing as Donatella Versace’s face. It doesn’t help that your classmates are sporting the latest Givenchy tees and Tom Ford coats around campus and you’re slumming it in seasons old ‘Tarjay’, that you picked up from the dollar bin at Savers in a desperate for clothes I can actually afford, rather than a fashion forward kind of way.
The most ridiculous expense? Printing. No student should have to pay one Australian god damn dollar for a single A4 colour page unless it’s being printed in the September issue of Vogue.
The most depressing expense? Food. You’ll be paying a five dollar minimum for a less than average lunch from the local supermarket everyday, because lets face it you can’t afford the daily fix of pho, unlike those trendy inner city students. Instead you’ll be scraping together every loose dollar you have for that sale packet of mi goreng noodles. Or in those rare efforts of trying to be healthy you’ll sustain yourself with a measly mandarin for lunch, only to realise that you can’t even afford that, one single piece of fruit – god’s citrus gift to this earth, but the cashier, feeling sorry for you, let’s you have it anyway.
Then and only then, after months of avoiding checking your bank balance, to then realise that it can infact recede into negative dollars, you truly know you’re a fashion student.
[ Credits: Words by Maxine Tanner, Illustration/Collage by me. ]