What is a fashion designer?
A fashion designer is someone who loves studying fashion trends, sketching designs, choosing materials, and being involved in all aspects of the making of their designs. They contribute to the manufacture of millions, if not billions, of clothing and accessories that consumers buy. Fashion designers create clothing for women, men and children. This can include sportswear, maternity wear, outerwear, underwear, formal wear, glasses, and shoes. There are also accessory designers who create belts, scarves, hats, bags, and hosiery.
What does a fashion designer do?
The design process from design concept to final production takes many months. Researching current fashion trends and predicting future trends is the first step in creating the design. Some fashion designers do their own research, others rely on trend reports from retail groups in the fashion industry. Trend reports tell you which styles, colors and fabrics will be popular for a certain season in the near future. Textile manufacturers use these trend reports to create fabrics and patterns while fashion designers begin to draw designs. Designers then visit manufacturers or trade shows to get fabric samples and find out what fabrics to use in their designs.
A fashion designer is involved in almost every aspect of bringing fashion to the public. The creation of the basic design can be done in different ways. You can add storyboards with sketches, work with a mannequin, and sew pieces of material together. This first draft of the design is being worked on while the designer is developing the first basic prototype.
Computer-aided design is becoming more and more popular in the fashion design industry. Although most designers initially draw their designs by hand, an increasing number are taking these hand-made sketches and transferring them to the computer. CAD enables designers to display clothing designs in virtual models in many colors and shapes, saving time because fewer adjustments are required later.
The fashion designer’s next step is to take the sketch or model and develop a more specific work pattern. Usually the designer creates a rough model by sewing cheap material to make a rough model of the design. If this is placed on a mannequin, the designer can see how the material hangs in human form.
Large design houses hire their own tailors to create the templates and sew the prototypes. Designers work in small …