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 garments based on these designs.
Duties & 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.
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.