Fashion design is a very rewarding career from creative stand point. Fashion designers create apparel and accessories for a company’s target customer. Competition can be fierce. Fashion designers tend to work either as free lancers or full time for big retail brands.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design or related filed is required.
Skills: Fashion Designers
· Are required to be creative,
· Should have strong technical foundation in textile design, color, detail and style.
· Drawing and computer drafting skills are necessary for fashion sketching, and
· Knowledge of sewing and tailoring is required for explaining the design process to manufacturers.
This is a fictitious calendar of a Fasion Designer work schedule and is meant to give an idea of the different tasks that the professional performs and different people that the professional needs to coordinate with.
This DILO or the Work Scheduleof a Fasion Designer may differ from organization to organization and context.
Given below is a typical Day In The Life of a Fasion Designer
A freelance fashion designer who owns a small boutique in medium-to-upscale part of the town.
DILO, Day In The Life of:
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||Finalize a few sketches to show to a client, an event manager looking for concept designs for artists for an upcoming music festival in the town.|
|9:00 am – 10:00 am||Over-see the sewing work for a school uniform order.|
|10:00 am – 10: 30 am||Calls and emails with the clients and vendors regarding payments and invoices|
|10:30 am – 2: 00 pm||Attend textile exhibition taking place in a neighborhood mail and make notes on new trends, designs, colors and fabrics. Take pictures and collect samples.|
|2:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Meeting with the client for the music festival and go over the designs and finalize the design. Take the order.|
|3:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Work with the webmaster on portfolio updates. This is a very important task for a fashion designer. To maintain an up to date and interesting portfolio.|
|4:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Work at boutique. Oversee the retail sales and upcoming order taking process.|
Exact career path, Fasion Designer career ladder, i.e. career progression may change from organization to organization, but below is a typical path.
Sample career ladder for Fasion Designer career path is given below.
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Description For Certifications:
Professional Certifications or Credentials:
|Certification||Description||Career Level||Certifying Body|
|Vogue Fashion Certificate||10-week intensive course focusing on: The Culture and Context of Fashion, Fashion Media, and Fashion Business and Marketing.||Basic Level||Condé Nast College, UK|
|CAD for Fashion Design – Art||The purpose of the program is to enable designers to create and produce various fashion design presentation products, such as digital trend and concept boards, textile color developments, and digital spec sheets for a portfolio.||Basic Level||Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC|
|Boutique Management||3 month program leading to a certification in boutique management.||Basic Level||National Institute of Fashion Technology, India|
Description For Associations:
Professional Associations or Organizations:
|CIFD||Council of International Fashion Designers||CIFD|
|InDeAs||Indian Design Association||InDeAs|
|FDCI||Fashion Design Council of India||FDCI|
Fashion Design Tools:
Links to a few Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) and Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:
|MEASURING TOOLS||Fashion designers always need measurements to create sewing patterns.||MEASURING TOOLS|
|CUTTING TOOLS||You’ll need cutting tools to make your patterns and your fit samples – but remember, your paper scissors and fabric shears are NOT the same thing.||CUTTING TOOLS|
|MARKING TOOLS||The key to marking your fabric is having the right marking tools, and I always suggest people start a bit of a collection||MARKING TOOLS|
|HAND TOOLS||HAND SEWING NEEDLES, MAGNETS, THIMBLES, PIN CUSHIONS,etc…||HAND TOOLS|
|PRESSING EQUIPMENT||It starts with preshrinking the fabric prior to cutting the fabric, but also the pressing which takes place in the process of sewing the garment.||PRESSING EQUIPMENT|
Fashion Design Methods:
Links to a few Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) and Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:
|Get inspired||Look for fabrics, objects or people who inspire you to create a new piece of clothing|
|Begin to draw||You can draw on paper, or with a computer software. Either way, start with a basic human form.|
|Add color||A lot of the success of your design can depend on what colors you use.|
|Learn to sew||Acquire basic sewing skills so that you can bring your designs to life.|
|Promote your designs||When you’re confident that your designs are good and your garments are wearable, consider submitting your work to sites that share fashion designs|