Crossing borders in the name of fashion

Fashion is something many people are passionate about. As a result, you will often see people do impressive things in the name of fashion and one of them is to cross one or multiple borders in order to enrich their fashion knowledge and experience. There are places in the world where fashion is treated in a whole other way and people that are not originally from those places obviously want to move there or at the very least visit.

Visiting the U.S. in the name of fashion
In the United States, you can find some of the most enlightening fashion “temples” in the world. Here, you will be able to fully grow as a fashion designer, a fashion curator or fashion enthusiast. However it’s as easy as picking up your suitcase and leaving for the U.S. With that said, it’s not very different either. If you don’t intend on staying more than 90 days, you can get away with just an ESTA. On, you will find more explanation about the ESTA but we’ll give you the short version here as well.
This is basically a temporary visa which will grant you access into the U.S. If you have been approved for an ESTA, it means that you can legally go into the U.S. However the local authorities such as border security and Customs have the final say whether or not your profile is eligible to step on American soil.

Plenty of time to check out all things fashion
Once you get your ESTA, it will be available for two years, meaning that you will have plenty of time to come and go and explore all the fashion wonders the U.S. has to offer. So keep that in mind while you’re contemplating going through the application which, by the way, only takes 10 minutes to fill in and submit.

Making the most of your time abroad
It’s important that while you are abroad, you try to absorb as much as possible in terms of knowledge. Basically, fill your free time there with things you can’t do at home, either at all or in the custom fashion you can in the U.S.  If you’re visiting another country, make sure you can speak their language, at least at a conversational level, so that you don’t get stuck in the mud on your way to the “fashion temple”.

Crossing borders in the name of fashion

Exploring another country’s fashion culture can be a very intriguing experience and a great opportunity for growth and self-discovery as well. If you are applying for an ESTA, you only need $14, out of which you get to keep $10 if your application gets rejected so there’s not a lot to lose.
The United States of America is also home to the headquarters of many leading designer labels such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret. Among the famous USA fashion designers are Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott, etc.

Photo: Model of Jeremy Scott

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Silvia Kabaivanova

As the founder of Be Global Fashion Network and several other fashion websites, Silvia has been working for more than 20 years covering fashion industry trends and news. With a passion for the fashion business, she focuses on sustainable fashion and innovations, custom fashion and print on demand services. Silvia is a Chairman of Bulgarian Fashion Association. You can reach her at

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