The World of a Fashion Designer

What is a fashion designer?

Fashion designers play an important role in our lives nowadays. Sometimes they are the trend-setters. They do many things ranging from studying fashion, observing trends, sketching designs, choosing material, and being an active part of the production of their designs. They exercise great control on things related to the production of the items they design. Their contribution is so large that millions of fabric articles produced each year come directly from a fashion designer. They have cultural and social influences on society and the world at large.

Can I become a fashion designer?

Fashion designers seem to incorporate an innate design sense. They are artistic which means that they are articulate, eloquent, innovative, intuitive, and assertive. Some of them tend to be enterprising so they bear qualities like optimism, extroversion, enthusiasm, and confidence. But these qualities are irrelevant for many of them, so there can be an introverted fashion designer as well. Moreover, in the modern world, fashion designing has become an art and science. If you are well-equipped with scientific knowledge, there is a great chance that you can stand out from the rest of the others who just rely on their artistic ability to produce designs.

The glory

Fashion designers promote themselves through advertising and marketing. Some licensed products also use the name a fashion designer, which is a kind of mutualism in which both get the benefit. Celebrity fashion designers have very little to do with products that bear and sell their name.

What does a fashion designer do?

The niche of a fashion designer is changing day by day. New technologies have made their way into the fashion industry and people want functionality with fashion. New sewing techniques like seamless knitting can sew a whole piece of fabric with the push of a single button. Nano-technology is enabling fashion designers to incorporate advanced properties into garments like sun-protection, augmented strength, and other unique characteristics. Some even use body-scanning techniques to make their clothes a better-fit.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is being used to create and test designs in a virtual environment. Some fashion designers choose to draw the sketch by hand and then reproduce it in CAD software. They can now look at their designs on a virtual model in various colors and shapes, needing a few adjustments later.

Large brands have pattern-makers and sewers who work on patterns and prototypes. Small brands, on the other hand, have very few of them or have none altogether and a designer needs to do the pattern-making and sewing on his own. When a design has been tested repeatedly, a fashion designer can reject, approve, or modify a design.

Some freelance designers tend to be “their own boss”. They also have to keep up with the pace and work longer hours to meet deadlines.
In the end, on a fashion show, a designer has full control of the show. From picking a model to representing the garment to arranging how a garment will look, he is the person deciding on the minute details. Most fashion designers have assistants to help them, but they retain full control.