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Fashion designers plan and develop new clothing and accessory styles by creating original designs or by adapting fashions to suit local conditions and trends. They fabricate sample Future Growth Static garments based on these designs.

Fashion designers are responsible for creating the designs for clothing and lifestyle accessories. They develop new styles and products and adapt existing fashions to suit new trends or different conditions. They may design surf or sportswear for sale in retail stores, or may work for exclusive boutique designers whose clothes are sold at select locations around the States, nationally or internationally.

Although not typically responsible for actually creating the clothes or accessories that they design, fashion designers sketch their designs, either by hand or computer.

ANZSCO description: 232311: Plans, designs and develops clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

Alternative names: Clothing Designer, Designer, Fashion

Specialisations: Costume Designer, Haute couture designer, Leisurewear Designer, Mass market designer

Knowledge, skills and attributes Studio

Fashion designers need:

  • an eye for detail

  • creative flair

  • good hand-eye coordination

  • knowledge of fashion history and current fashion trends

  • the ability to work to tight deadlines

  • good communication skills.

 

Duties and Tasks:

Fashion designers may perform the following tasks:

  • consult with clients and stakeholders to determine the objectives of the design brief and to negotiate design solutions

  • illustrate concepts by producing storyboard and specification drawings

  • use computers to manipulate and develop patterns and modify designs

  • research and develop fabrics and accessories for production of garments

  • make patterns or work closely with patternmakers to draft patterns from sketches or specification drawings

  • select fabric, colour and trim, and undertake cutting and machining of sample garments

  • fit samples and discuss them with management, sales and manufacturing staff

  • contribute to costing estimates

  • finalise specification sheets with detailed sketches and trim details

  • approve final samples before they go into production
    liaise with production staff during mass production of garments and participate in quality control

  • maintain an awareness of current global and local fashion trends

  • control merchandising and retailing of garments.

 

Working conditions

Fashion designers may work in offices, workrooms, factories or clothing stores. They work at drawing boards, cutting tables and on sewing machines, and as a result may stand for significant portions of their work day. They may travel to factory sites or internationally to fashion shows

 

Tools and technologies

Fashion designers usually work at work benches using pencils, paper and other sketching tools, and they may also be required to use computer software to design items of clothing.

They may also work at cutting tables where they use scissors and other sewing tools to cut fabric. They are also required to be familiar with sewing machines in order to sew fabric and create mock-ups of their designs. Fashion designers also work with a wide range of different fabrics.

 

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a fashion designer without any formal qualifications. However, you are more likely to improve your prospects in the industry if you have completed a formal qualification in design or a related area.

VET courses and university degrees in fashion and design are widely available from TAFE Colleges, registered training organisations and universities throughout Australia.

 

Did You Know?

An apparel or any item is considered vintage only if it is made 20 – 100 years ago. “Retro” refers to clothing or item made to replicate a vintage pattern or style of a different period.

– The 4 major International Fashion Shows takes place in the following order – first in New York then London, followed by Milan and the last is in Paris. Each of these cities hold a fashion show twice in a year– February & September.

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– Napoleon Bonaparte ordered for buttons to be attached to the jacket sleeves so as to prevent soldiers from wiping off their runny noses on their sleeves.

– A ‘Grabatologist’ is a person who loves collecting ties.

– The first bra was invented by a New York socialite, Mary Phelps in 1914.


- The crocodile of the brand ‘Lacoste’ was the first brand name to ever appear as a logo on any garment.

– The first designer suit was launched by Coco Chanel in 1923. She had created the look by combining woolen boxy jackets with gold buttons, knee length skirts and large pearl necklaces.
(Source: Fashion Lady)



Fashion Coordinator
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Practical Clerical or OrganisingArtistic or CreativeSkill Level 4Skill Level 5


A fashion coordinator arrange and supervise the marketing of fashion clothing for fashion manufacturing houses, textile companies and retail stores. Future Growth Static

Though they may work in a variety of different environments, fashion coordinators are most notably found within retail stores, fashion magazines, or design houses directly. They work to create a unified look and feel that is in line with the latest fashion trends. They work to ensure that the looks portrayed are in line with the latest fashions, and that the advice that they give is current in nature.

A big part of the job of a fashion coordinator is to research and understand all of the latest fashion trends. This comes in the way of reading fashion magazines, keeping up with fashion websites, and building relationships within the fashion world. Having good solid relationships with designers and top labels can help to ensure that fashion coordinators stay ahead of the trends, and therefore offer up the advice and consultation to go along with that.

They work to make sure that the latest fashion trends are reflected in the clothes that are offered if they work within a department or retail store directly. Another important aspect of their job may be to educate retail salespeople on these trends and how customers can get the best use out of it. They offer tips, critiques, and often show examples so that retail salespeople and clients alike can learn from these cues. If they work for a publication or design house, they must ensure that the latest fashion trends are worn and put out there to show an understanding.

They often work in a liaison role between their primary place of employment and the design and fashion industry. They must stay on top of the latest trends, and work to obtain the textiles, fabrics, and supplies that go with it. They are considered to be a subject matter expert in their area, and therefore must be prepared to field questions and offer expertise at anytime.

Alternative names: Fashion Director

Knowledge, skills and attributesMaterials

  • enjoy artistic and creative activities

  • creative flair and drawing ability

  • good communication skills

  • good colour and design sense

  • good hand-eye coordination

  • able to work independently or as part of a team

  • good time management skills

  • able to work under pressure.

Duties and Tasks

As a fashion director, you are expected to assume the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • devise efficient fashion design plans and foster new fashion concepts

  • properly coordinate advertising as well marketing activities

  • attend runway or fashion shows to acquire new fashion ideas

  • visit major manufacturers and merchandise markets to get new information on the latest fashion trends

  • regularly monitor fashion publications and set meetings with designers to keep up with the changing trend

  • evaluate the potential success of a certain clothing line

  • create effective marketing plans and advertising strategies

  • coordinate with salespeople, designers and manufacturers

  • select garments and accessories that will be used for promotional marketing

  • organize photo shoots, magazine events, and fashion shows

  • share fashion insights and analysis with buyers to help them choose the appropriate inventory purchases

Keep in mind that the work of a professional fashion director would entail dedication, perseverance, determination, and good PR skills.

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