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.