Profession fashion designer

Fashion designers design and develop products for manufacture and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass, batch and one-off production.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Related professions design

  • Fashion model
  • Fashion stylist, clothing advisor
  • Furniture designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial products designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Package designer
  • Tailor, seamstress

Knowledge

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Textile materials

    Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.

  • History of fashion

    Costumes and the cultural traditions around clothing.

  • Portfolio management in textile manufacturing

    The process of managing teams and projects in textile and clothing product development.

  • Textile techniques

    Have a thorough understanding of textile processing techniques.

Skills

  • Use specialised design software

    Developing new designs mastering specialised software.

  • Monitor developments in technology used for design

    Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.

  • Monitor textile manufacturing developments

    Keep up to date with recent developments in textile manufacturing and processing techniques and technologies.

  • Use textile technique for hand-made products

    Using textile technique to produce hand-made products, such as carpets, tapestry, embroidery, lace, silk screen printing, wearing apparel, etc.

  • Design wearing apparel

    Use analytical skills, creativity, and recognise future trends in order to design wearing apparel.

  • Produce textile samples

    Make up textile samples or have them fabricated by specialised workers or technicians.

  • Produce textile designs

    Draw sketches for textile design, by hand or on computer, using specialist Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

  • Collaborate with designers

    Communicate and collaborate with fellow designers in order to coordinate new products and designs.

  • Seek innovation in current practices

    Search for improvements and present innovative solutions, creativity and alternative thinking to develop new technologies, methods or ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

  • Modify textile designs

    Edit sketches and digital textile designs until they meet up with customers' requirements.

  • Identify target markets for designs

    Identify different target markets for new designs, considering factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.

  • Develop design ideas cooperatively

    Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.

  • Gather reference materials for artwork

    Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.

Optional knowledge and skills

collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions dyeing technology