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Fashion Designers Job Description, Skills & Requirements

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Fashion Designers conceptualize, design and make clothing and accessories, such as jewelry or jewelry and handbags, for the film, theater, video, modeling and retail businesses. These professionals can work autonomously or be hired by clothing and fabric companies.

While the work of some Designers may cover everything concerning clothing, there are those who prefer to engage in specific categories such as men’s clothing, sportswear or formal wear. In the same way, they usually dabble in the design of wallets, jewelry, accessories, perfumes, hats, winter clothes, costumes, among others.

Fashion Designers are also known as Costume Designer, Dressmaker, Goldsmith, Footwear Designer, Portfolio Designer.

Responsibilities of Fashion Designers

  • Design and create clothing and accessories for men, women and children:
    • Have the ability to design casual, informal, formal and business attire.
    • Make sketches and have the ability to express ideas through them to conceive concepts.
    • Design garments to be made in series, using different types of fabrics, colors and patterns.
    • Produce original designs using their artistic touch and expertise in clothing.
    • Modify and improve designs.
  • Design clothing for both day-to-day, exclusive and haute couture fashion shows.
  • Define technical specifications for clothing and have knowledge about fabrics, patterns, shapes and colors:
    • Select and test different types of fabrics.
    • Know about the elaboration of patterns and combinations.
    • Create patterns, as required.
    • Cut, sew, weave and hold different types of fabrics with pins to turn them into clothing.
  • Work together with other professionals (buyers, traders and technical staff) in the conceptualization, planning and development of new styles, based on trends and current demand:
    • Establish good relationships with suppliers and distributors.
    • Direct the design work for each season.
    • Analyze the volume of sales and create products that support business objectives.
  • Be aware of the latest trends and techniques related to fashion and get the best quality fabrics:
    • Explore and evaluate new and emerging fashion trends, visiting, for this purpose, stores, researching on the Internet and magazines, attending fashion events and textile fairs.
  • Work together with the Design or Production department to supervise the process of taking measures and adjustments and communicate any necessary modifications:
    • Direct the sessions of taking measurements and approve any production element that is related to the design, as is the case of colors, fabrics and cuts.
    • Review the prototypes to ensure their tuning with the brand.
  • Organize and manage fabrics, cuts and other materials.
  • Follow up on the development of clothing items in the case of mass production.
  • Ensure delivery dates are respected.
  • Set and participate in sales presentations.

Daily Tasks of Fashion Designers

  • Combine the experience gained from the use of certain products, market knowledge, observed trends and cooperation between different designers to create functional, innovative and quality designs.
  • Use sketches to express an idea.
  • Work with different types of fabrics.
  • Investigate in search of trends, colors, fabrics and silhouettes for the coming seasons.
  • Estimate costs and materials required.
  • Establish a network of suppliers and distributors.

Fashion Designers Required Skills

  • Excellent creative skills, a refined artistic sense and willing to try new ideas:
    • Have a distinguished sense of fashion and the ability to turn trends into clothing.
  • Communication skills:
    • Communicate clearly, in writing and orally, to give clear instructions.
    • Have customer service skills.
  • Leadership.
    • Have the ability to work together with Design Assistants and other team members.
  • Organized and able to manage your time effectively:
    • Being able to handle multiple projects at the same time and work under pressure in a dynamic and active environment.
    • Know how to manage time and have the ability to prioritize tasks in order to meet demand.
    • Be responsible, reliable and organized.
    • Be organized and detailed.
  • Motivated and willing to work both individually and as a team.

Fashion Designers Requirements

  • Must have a great interest in fashion, a broad understanding of the market and a technical knowledge of the area (sewing, cutting, pattern making and tissue).
  • In order to access this profession, a special certification is not usually required; however, it is advisable to have a university degree in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Multimedia Design, Fashion Advertising or other related disciplines.
  • On the other hand, it is recommended that those who wish to go beyond and launch their own brand or clothing line have a university degree in Business Administration, in the same way, it is essential that they are prepared and well informed before carrying out the launch of their own clothing line, for this, it is ideal to carry out an exhaustive research in search of costs, copyright in the field of Design, clothing and everything concerning the fashion industry.
  • It is advisable, when starting in this profession, to work under the supervision and guidance of Fashion Designers that can serve as mentors, in fact, there are many professionals in this area who host interns for one or two years.
  • In general, Fashion Designers must have between 2 and 5 years of experience in the area and, in addition, they must have knowledge in the management of Microsoft Office and design software such as Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • The progression of autonomous Fashion Designers will be marked by their experience, talent and portfolio, while in the case of those who are employed by an organization, their promotion will depend on the size of the company, its hierarchical organization, location and the experience and performance of the professional.
  • Salaried Fashion Designers usually meet a day of about 8 to 10 hours a day, five days a week and, sometimes, they may be required to travel to visit factory and to attend fashion shows and events; however, it is essential to consider that working overtime is very common on the dates near the launch of a line or new season.
  • Finally, professionals who decide to be autonomous must spend considerable time outside the office socializing, establishing professional relationships and making their work known.
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