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Be a Fashion Designer? The Good, Bad and Perfect!

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What does a Fashion Designer do exactly?

how to be a fashion designer

Various Roles & Responsibilities in fashion careers

A fashion designer is someone who has can draw her/his ideas on paper and do the rendering on paper in order for other team members to bring that idea into fabric and color form! She/he creates clothing, shoes, and/or accessories. Cutting, Sewing & Draping is the majority of your work in the initial stages at least until you can hire a team who would do that for you! But before training a team of people you need to understand and execute your sketches by yourself at first in the initial years of your career.

Fashion designers get the opportunity to work in a variety of industries, including manufacturing houses, clothing corporate businesses, speech & drama, and design firms that actually can sell their lines to big fashion boutiques. Along with artistic skills, most designers need computer skills to use computer-aided design and graphics editing software. If you want to select this career than a degree or diploma increase your chances of getting your foot in the door.

Associate Designer – this is someone who will assist a designer! If you enjoy field trips in order to get various fabrics and trimming sourced. Then this is for you!!

Home Fashion Designer – Love the thought of a beautifully designed bedsheet, curtains, runners on the tables and more? Everything that adds beauty to the interiors of home and involves beauty and creativity comes under home fashion designers.

Fashion Co-ordinator/Fashion Director – A Fashion co-ordinator is also referred to as a Fashion director. This one is a job appropriate for people with a creative sense of fashion & style. They are expected to stay updated with the latest fashion industry trends and news. They supervise professional photo shoots, on-site availability for them is crucial, they also advise with and produce fashionable ensembles for department stores (fashion section), clothing brands or magazines. Now, if you like the comfort of your home more than fashion, keep reading to find what suits you best.

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Fashion Stylist – This career is for someone who really has a good idea which color goes well with which! These individuals work for people (typically celebrities) who prefer to hire their personal stylist who decides what the celebrity is going to wear for which event. Fashion stylists, they also work with fashion houses and clothing brands. Their main responsibilities include providing fashion advice; choosing and co-ordinating outfits for celebrities and/or models in professional photo shoots or actors in the media industry.

Stylist-Assistant – This is where you might start before becoming a full-fledged fashion stylist. When you reach certain milestones then you can have a team of people who do this for you but before that you will be helping head stylist, assisting them with various requirements, for instance, sourcing various props for the shoots, collecting outfits from their locations, make sure the outfits are neatly ironed/steamed for the final photos! If you don’t mind running around, multitasking and being a part of the glitzy world of fashion then this one might be for you.

Technical Designer – These are the technical engineers of the clothes you wear! Any garment has a lot of details before it comes to life and to the shelves of the store. Technical designers are the middle people that balance between fashion designers and garment production team. A fashion designer will send the rendered sketch or design file to the technical designer, in order to create a solid, technical design (flats) for the garment or accessory. A technical designer will work with the fashion designer in order to ensure all of the details are accurate before the sketch moves out of the fashion designer’s office. Examples of details may include thread color, stitch gauges, buttons, and zipper details. As the process moves further, the technical designer is also responsible for designing a “tech-pack” that is also known as a technical package. This packaging is for the garment, the journey of the garment is dependent on detailing and quality of this package as it carries a lot of details. A technical package will include various details for the production team, like a final sketch of garment or accessory, packaging instructions, label or hangtag placement, wash & care details, sewing details, and points of measurement. The information within the technical package is crucial for the production team, as all of the information has to be accurate in order to create a garment. Once the technical package is finished, it is sent, along with the pattern of the garment or accessory, to the production team for making a prototype. The production team will create a prototype or sample from the details inside the tech pack. Once a sample is created, it will be checked for any specification issues, and then scheduled to be shown to the designer. Fittings and adjustments may be made during this time. Once the fit process has been done, the technical package is then sent for mass production. Calculating fabric shrinkage, assisting the design team, and assisting the patternmaker with technical patterns are a part of the technical designer’s profile.

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