Fashion design is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories such as bracelets and necklaces.

Fashion Designing process involves

  • 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

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