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Fashion Design


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

Context DILO:

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.

Career Ladder:

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:

Links to Certifications or Credentials for Fasion Designer career path, that are usually offered by Professional Organizations that certify, can potentially help in climbing up the career ladder. A few Fasion Designer certifications are given below,

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:

Links to Associations for Fasion Designer career, that can also be identified as Professional Organizations, can potentially help in networking with other professional in the field and to learn the latest developments in the field. A few Fasion Designer associations are given below.

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Association Description More Info
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:

Tool Purpose More info
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
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:

Method Description
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

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