create billions of dresses, suits, shoes, jackets, and other clothes and accessories bought every year. They sketch designs of clothing, choose color and fabrics, and oversee the final sewing of their design.
• Research new trends in clothing
• Sketch new fashion designs
• Make patterns for sewing
• Visit trade shows or companies to choose what kind of fabric to use in the design.
• Create a sample for a model to wear
• Make final changes to the design
• Create a show for the clothes to be worn for buyers to see
Where and When:
• Fashion designers work for "fashion houses" or firms.
• They work in offices or buildings.
• Some work in areas with large sewing machines and equipment.
• Others work in their own stores to sell clothes they make.
• Fashion designers may work a 40 hour week Monday through Friday.
• Some work late hours to complete work on time.
• Others work late in the evenings or on weekends for fashion shows.
What or Who They Work With:
Fashion designers work with:
• Sketch pad and pencil
• Computer design programs
• Needle and Thread
• Measuring Tape
• Sewing Machine Fashion Designers also work with:
• Other fashion designers
• Company managers
Education and Training:
Fashion designers usually need a 2 year degree (associates) or a 4 year degree (bachelors)in fashion design from a college. Many students need to finish a basic art and design course before they can enter into a fashion design program. Many times students must show sketches of their art and designs to get into a school. They must also have sewing and patternmaker skills.
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