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The life of a fashion designer

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A Look into a fashion designer's Life

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The life of a fashion designer

  1. 1. THE LIFE OF A FASHION DESIGNER By: Aliyah Hollyfield
  2. 2. First Thing First, Important Questions What is fashion design? Fashion design is the art of application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories Who/What is a fashion designer? A fashion designer is someone who loves to study fashion trends, sketch designs, select materials, and have a part in all the production aspects of their designs.
  3. 3. Qualifications  a 2-year or 4-year degree  knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends  Education and training  an associate or a bachelor's degree in fashion design.  strong sense of the esthetic, an eye for color and detail, a sense of balance and proportion  excellent communication and problem-solving skills  sketching ability  sketches by hand or using computer  Skills and Personal Qualities an eye for color, texture and pattern  the ability to visualize things in three dimensions  technical skills in areas such as pattern cutting, grading and garment construction  to be able to draw, either by hand or on the computer  good communication skills to explain their ideas clearly and persuasively  the ability to meet deadlines and work within a budget  business skills and commercial awareness, particularly if they are self-employed  good negotiation skills when selling their own designs  to keep ahead of trends in color, fabric and style  strong organizational skills. Interest sIt helps to have an interest in:  Trends in fashion and clothing  Art and design  Analyzing form  Sketching  Fabric sourcing  Production
  4. 4. Different Ways Designers Design
  5. 5. Sketch on Computer
  6. 6. Sketch by Hand
  7. 7. What does a Fashion Designer do? A fashion designer takes part in just about every aspect of bringing fashion to the public. Creating the basic design can be done in different ways. It can involve storyboards with sketches, to working with a dummy and sewing pieces of material together. This creating phase is when the designer takes his/her vision that's swirling in the mind's eye and puts it into a visual expression. This first draft of the design is then worked on as the designer develops the first basic prototype. The fashion designer's next step is to take the rough sketch or model and develop a more specific working pattern. Usually, the designer will make a rough model of the design by creating a toile. This is made by sewing inexpensive material (like muslin) to make a rough model of the design. When this is placed on a mannequin-like dress stand, the designer can see how the material will drape or hang on a human form. A fashion designer usually has full control of a fashion show, often picking the models, determining the price of each garment, and arranging how the garments will be presented. Most designers have assistants to help with all the many small details, but overall, the designer retains full control.
  8. 8. A Fashion Designer Salary The average salary of a Fashion Designer is $73,570. Salaries start from$33,580 and go up to $127,190. Half of all fashion designers reported annual salaries ranging from $44,500 to $90,060, and the median of all reported salaries was $64,690. A Fashion Designer earns an average salary of $60,272 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The average salary for a Fashion Designer may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.
  9. 9. At a glance, the life of a fashion designer may seem glamorous. After all, he or she is surrounded by beauty all the time. From the development of the sketches to the models wearing the garments on the runway, fashion design is an exciting job, but it can also be demanding as well. The one thing that is true about the field of fashion design is that most designers must pay their dues to be successful. This may mean waking up very early in the morning. Some designers begin their day as early as 4 a.m., and the day may not end at 5:00 p.m. as many jobs do, but most designers are so passionate about fashion that this is hardly perceived as a negative aspect of the job. Fashion designers may be called to perform many different duties depending upon for whom they are working. Being a fashion designer is not just sitting around sketching ideas all day but, but it is at least part of the job. The designer will spend time creating and visualizing an idea. Some designers still sketch these ideas by hand while others use a computer design program to assist them.
  10. 10. Inspiration needs to come from somewhere; many designers will research market and fashion trends to make sure their collections are timely. This includes analyzing the latest trends in fabrics, colors, and shapes. The designer also needs to know what is out there to prevent inadvertently copycatting pieces by other designers. Another part of the daily job of a fashion designer may include visiting manufacturers to pick out the best fabrics for the collection. This may include searching through countless bolts of fabric to find the perfect color and texture. Once the fabrics are found and purchased, the designer will need to cut and sew prototypes. Fashion designers who work for larger firms are often required to work with others in the office, so communication skills are essential. This can include employees in sales, marketing, and manufacturing professionals who will want to know the production costs of pieces of the collection. The designer will also have to work with buyers and forecasters when developing new fashions. Specification sheets may be another daily chore for a fashion designer. These help simplify the manufacturing of the piece and ensures that the finished pieces are executed correctly. A basic specification sheet may include a front and back sketch, a description, sample size, photo shoot size, fabric swatches (and information about the fiber content), lining and trimming information, the delivery date, size range, and style number of a piece.
  11. 11. Some designers will be required to go on location to fit the models with pieces from a collection. The fashion designer has to have all the tools that help make the garments perfect. Some items may need to be steamed to remove wrinkles, additional fitting may be required, and all the outfits and accessories need to be organized. It would be a good idea to bring along a seamstress for those last minute alterations. A few fashion designers will be lucky enough to travel to meet with others in the field. This could include meetings with fabric manufacturers and attending trade shows and runway shows to see the latest trends and collections. Each day, a fashion designer may need to put many of his or her skills into play including design knowledge, creativity, fabric and textile understanding, artistic ability, and communication skills. The job may often be challenging, but a day in the life of a fashion designer is rarely boring.

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