Fashion Designers have many duties such as: Researching, sketching, choosing materials, looking at retail samples, and marketing. Before staring the designing process, the designers have to research current and future trends. After the designers find the trends, they come up with ideas and start sketching. They either sketch on paper or they use some type of designing software on a computer. They designers then go to fabric companies and decide on what kind of material and patterns they want. The designers then have seamstresses make a sample of the design from the fabric they chose. Lastly they designers show or market their designs at a fashion show. That’s where the retailers order what they want to have in their store.
Students that want to become fashion designers have to complete basic art and design classes before they can enroll in a fashion design program. They usually have to submit a portfolio that shows their artistic ability. Usually they also have to submit their high school transcript and recommendation letters. Designers usually need a two year associate or four year bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Classes that should be taken for this career are: Pattern Making, Fashion History, Fashion Merchandising, Color, Fabrics and Textiles, Phycology, Human Anatomy, and Math. Students should learn about sewing, tailoring, and drawing designs.
Fashion Designers usually work long hours in well-lighted and comfortable places. Freelance designers usually work by the job and they tend to work longer in small environments.