1. Is it possible to become a designer without a fashion degree?
2. is the downside/disadvantages of obtaining a AAS as opposed to a BFA in Fashion Design?
My ultimate goal is to open a design studio that specializes in creating bespoke/made-to-order gowns (bridal and evening).
Since, I have no formal education/training in sewing/fashion (everything I know is self-taught), I'm considering going to school to get a degree in fashion design. Is this a good idea or is it possible for me to reach my goal without a fashion degree?
Also, I already have a Bachelor's degree and don't want to do the whole undergrad thing again, so if I do go back to school, I'd be looking at getting an Associates in Fashion Design. My concern is that in the real world, an AAS might be less respected than a BFA degree, which may limit my choices/options in the future. If I do decide to go back to school, should I get a BFA or AAS degree in fashion design?