Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear. The haute couture collection is dedicated to certain customers and is custom sized to fit these customers exactly. Ready-to-wear collections are standard sized, not custom made, so they are more suitable for large production runs.
What does it take to be a Fashion Designer?
Fashion design is a form of art. To work as a designer, you should have an artistic and creative personality. You also have to be good at drawing and able to express your ideas in sketches. You don't necessarily have to be a great artist, but you must have some special skills for combining colors, tones and shades. You also have to be able to work with fabric and use textiles in a creative and original manner. Fashion designers have a good visual imagination and are able to think in three-dimensions and put their ideas into garments.
A designer should also have some knowledge and experience of tailoring (cutting, draping, sewing etc.) and be able to tell the difference between different fabric quality levels. A good understanding of the audience's lifestyle and customer needs and requirements is also needed in fashion designing. Designers should have good communication skills and be able to express their ideas clearly. But most important, they have to be very original and have fresh, innovative ideas.
The opportunities for job exist in the following sectors:
- Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports
- Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men‘s/women‘s/children clothing in sportswear/casual wear, etc.
- Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
- Fashion show organizers/Fashion publishers
- TV/Film fashion program producers/comperes/costume designers, etc.
- Film Production House
- Faculty (Teach designing)