Career as Fashion Designer

job-profileFashion designers design garments which are functional as well as attractive and in keeping with trends, market predictions and the climate. They have knowledge about fabric, weave, draping qualities, material, color and design and the changing trends.

Job Profile
Fashion Designing process invloves

  • Exploration and research
  • Sketching the original idea on paper
  • Shaping the pattern pieces which make the garment
  • The pieces are then drawn in actual size on paper and cut out on a rough material, stitched together and fitted on a model.
    • Modifications in the pattern pieces or other features of the mock up are made and thus the design is completed
      • Garments are then made in the final fabric

Fashion designers in wholesale production

  • Specialize in producing certain types of clothes in a wide range of styles and fabrics, e.g., jeans, jackets, children’s wear, men’s wear, women’s wear, knitwear, sportswear, etc.
  • Adapt high fashion designs for production at a large scale at low cost.

Designers for fashion trends

  • Manage firms and fashion houses which produce exclusively designed garments collections. Fashion trends are set by fashion forecasters. Fashion shows of ‘Haute Couture’ collections are held for marketing these designs.

Fashion designers also specialize to

  • Design costumes for stage artists, TV or film
  • Carry out historical research and design research.

Garment manufacturing units employ designers and junior designers.

  • Junior designers do the first pattern cutting.
  • They assemble the first samples with fabrics they have selected from the market

Skills required

  • Creative & Artistic
  • Original and inventive
  • Sensitivity to colors, shades and tones
  • Ability to think in three-dimensions to translate into garments what they visualize
  • Good communication
  • Goal oriented
  • Resilient
  • Business acumen
  • Interest in sketching
  • Eye for detail
  • Visual imagination
  • Fashion conscious
  • Persuasive
  • Observant
  • Understanding of market and customer lifestyle

Clock work

A designer’s day may be divided between design department operations and office work.

In their office: They read current fashion magazines, newspapers and media reports about other designers, fashion trends etc. In the design department they are involved in the different stages of creating a garment.

Outside the office:

  • They attend fashion shows
  • Select materials from the market
  • Meet with fashion journalists and show organizers

Employment Opportunities

The opportunities for job exist in the following sectors :

  • Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports
  • Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men‘s/women‘s/children clothing in sportswear/casual wear, etc.
  • Haute Couture
  • Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
  • Fashion show organizers/Fashion publishers
  • TV/Film fashion program producers/comperes/costume designers, etc.
  • With Film production units
  • Teaching design