What does a Fashion Designer do?
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A fashion designer designs clothes, accessories, or shoes for consumers and retail companies. They create new designs that may use a variety of materials and and specify the measurements
of those designs.
During the design process, they decide on fabrics, colors, styles and the accessories needed to put the design together. They may also visit manufactures and trade shows to obtain samples of fabrics and follow fashion trends. They may also pull creative inspiration from their environment, travels, and other cultures.
How to Become a Fashion Designer
A fashion designer usually has a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and/or fashion design. These programs also teach students about textiles, fabrics, and how to create fashion using computer-aided design technology (CAD). These programs also help students build their own portfolios for future job opportunities.
Job Description of a Fashion Designer
A fashion designer follows fashion trends to help them to determine a design that would attract customers. Once a theme is decided upon, they create sketches of an original idea for clothing, footwear, or accessories. This process is gnerally aided by a computer design program (CAD).
In many cases, a team will work on a prototype design and use models to determine how the design will look. After the samples of the design are approved, the creation is then manufactured and sold to consumers. The design creation usually involves about 6 months of planning and design until the project is completed.
Some designers prefer to specialize in a certain area such as clothing, costumes, footwear or accessory design. Some start their own design company or sell designs to retail stores. They are also employed by high-fashion houses that offer personalized design services to clients.