Explore the different career options in Fashion Design
A Fashion Designer creates single garments or full collections for Ready-To-Wear (also known as Prêt-à-porter) or Haute Couture and New Couture, either for his own label or for a Fashion House.
In the creative process, he has to be open-minded, curious and aware of all technical, sociological, artistic as well as cultural innovations. To create a salable product, he constantly has to make sure that his design will be in line with the consumer demand, unless he is a pure creator.
During the development of a collection, a Fashion Designer proposes a general style for his products and then makes the garments with specific details. He has to have a good eye for lines and shapes as well as for selecting compatible fabrics and colors.
One of the keys to being a successful designer is the ability to combine the art of fashion with practical and everyday demands of a garment. A strong personality and authenticity are helpful for being recognized by the public, buyers and the media.
A Textile Designer creates two-dimensional designs for the production of weave, knit and printed fabrics or textile products. He has to be artistic and innovative. An up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques as well as textile technology is essential.
In the creative process, he determines the colour ranges and variations of patterns and prints as well as of motifs. Through experimenting with fabric, colours and texture, he creates sample designs, which represent the client’s ideas and demands. A Textile Designer can be self-employed or work as part of a design team.
A Pattern Maker creates patterns for the production of garments. As a true master of works, the Pattern Maker interprets the Designer's idea into a three-dimensional shape. He has to create a sample garments and provide technical drawings and information about them. Through fittings and essential alterations he masters the pattern.
He ensures the link between the creation and the production. According to the characteristics of the garments, a Pattern Drafter can choose between different work methods. The first is a manual process involving either flat pattern drafting, molding or draping. The second is with the use of CAD.
CAD (Computer Aided Design) is an absolute must for manufacturing garments in quantity.
A Fashion Illustrator depicts contemporary fashion design by drawing, Collage-Techniques, prints or Aquarelle. He can illustrate for a Fashion Magazine or book.
Besides the classic techniques, many Fashion Illustrators work with the help of Computer software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
A personal style an a high recall value are very important. Not only can an Illustrator become famous through working for a Fashion Magazine, he can vice versa boost the popularity of the journal through his drawings.
A Fashion Illustrator has to have a talent for design and knowledge of the technical aspects of garments. His job is to sketch out creative ideas for clothing, accessories and outfits for visual presentations. Many Fashion Illustrators work freelance.
Trend Designer / Trend Scout
A Trend Designer or Trend Scouts works for a Trend Office, a company anticipating trends. His work is essentially based on the research and analysis of various trends and the zeitgeist of the contemporary art and culture scene. He determines themes, colour ranges, fabrics, volumes and product lines and presents them in a trend book.
Fashion Consultant for Brand Development
A Fashion Consultant for Brand Development puts together a customized concept to guide a brand from the sketch of the design until the garment is in the right point of sale.
He has to have knowledge and experience in the fields of Manufacturing, Production, Poduct Costing, Wholesale and Retail Sales Analysis, Merchandising, Styling, Trend Forecasting, Business Planning and Branding.
Further an experience and expertise in organizing Fashion Shows and Lookbook Shootings, as well as Website Development, CI development and Event Planning are helpful. A qualification in marketing is essential for this position.
Art Director / Creative Director
An Art Director manages the creative team of a Fashion House. He is the creative leader as well as the leader of creativity. Therefore he must be able to form a vision to portray the identity of a brand, a certain style for a new collection, fashion show or store.
The Art Director of a Fashion brand has to coordinate the teamwork between the departments of design, branding and communication. An innate sensibility, imagination and capacity to make decisions are essential. He constantly has to provide fresh and creative ideas appealing to the target market.
Fashion Design Studio Manager
A Fashion Design Studio Manager coordinates all aspects of the day to day running of a Fashion Design Studio. Therefore he has to have a good knowledge of the creative workflows of the Fashion Industry.
He has to coordinate all kinds of projects, like sample production or photo shoots, with a team of internal and freelance creatives and assistants. He has to manage schedules, suppliers and budgets by reviewing and keeping accounts and policies up to date in conjunction with the finance manager. Further he has to be able to communicate well with the clients.
If you love the product but your talent is not in designing, you might like to have a look at the career options in the field of production.