A Fashion Designer is One who designs clothing and accessories. She creates original designs or adapts fashion trends.

Depending on her job specification she may be called: Designer, Design Director, Costume Designer, Product Developer, Apparel Fashion Designer, Clothing Designer, Dance Costume Designer, Historic Clothing and Costume Maker, Latex Fashions Designer.

This Occupation May Require: SSCE or less: Diploma; Degree; Professional Certification, Training,

Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities

  • Directs and coordinates workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.
  • Examines sample garments on and off models; then modifies designs to achieve desired effects.
  • Sketches rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and writes specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
  • Confers with sales and management executives or with clients in order to discuss design ideas.
  • Identifies target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • Attends fashion shows and reviews garment magazines and manuals in order to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.
  • Selects materials and production techniques to be used for products.
  • Provides sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arranges for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows.
  • Adapts other designers’ ideas for the mass market.
  • Purchases new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs.

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