Fashion Designing - Career, Salary, Job Openings

Fashion designing is one of the coolest and creative career options for all the clothing and accessories designer aspirants. There are numerous career opportunities waiting for you in the fashion industry. Here, designers need to stay updated with the latest trends and predict consumer’s fashion sense. On the other hand, you also have a chance you showcase your creativity by coming up with new styles. 

Here we are going to discuss everything that will help you to successfully build a career in fashion designing. 

Educational Qualification To Become A Fashion Designer
A Degree in fashion designing will help you to a great extent in building a career for yourself here. While pursuing a degree, your creativity and ability to come up with amazing designs will be shaped by your teachers. This will help you in getting greater knowledge about the subject and understanding it in detail. 

Well, apart from a degree you can also opt for an associate degree. There are numerous institutions which provide certification courses in fashion designing. In these institutes, basic coursework is provided to the students which include colour, textiles, sewing and tailoring, pattern making, fashion history, computer-aided design (CAD). Moreover,  a design of different types of clothing such as menswear or footwear. Coursework in human anatomy, mathematics, and psychology also is useful. 

Traits To Be Successful In Fashion Designing 
Creative

Successful fashions designer are extremely creative and have the ability to executive their ideas in the most appropriate way. You need to develop the ability to visualize clothes’ pattern, fabric, style before starting to stitch.Your sense of style should be unique and should go hand-in-hand with the current trends.

Updated With Latest Trends
Well, this is kind of a mandate in every job in fashion industry. This is crucial because if you come up with an outdated design, people are more likely to get disinterested in your designs. 

Communication
You as a fashion designer have to work most of the time with your team, so having a good communication skill will definitely help you to express your ideas effectively.

Sketching/ Drawing On Design Softwares
Being familiar with more than one designing software is preferred for fashion designers. Fashion institutes and colleges focus more on teaching these Softwares to their students. These softwares helps to get your work done in less time as compared to hand sketching. 

Sewing and Knitting
Knitting or sewing is a must to be a fashion designer, this will help the aspirants to test ideas on their own.

Other Career Opportunities In Fashion Industry

Fashion Stylist 
Having knowledge on current fashion trends is what keeps the stylists upbeat. Coordinating with the wardrobe team of a fashion show, along with others such as makeup artist and hairstylist is also part of their job. This coordination is a must because they need to put out their models in the best and elegant way. Making the models look good is the overall responsibility of a fashion stylist.

Sketching Assistant/Illustrator
Sketch artists are responsible for drawing and sketching on the paper or in a software. Sketches are important to decide how a garment has to be manufactured. They draw sketches according to their designers and most of them are even allowed to put their ideas in it. An illustrator is also the one doing same work as sketching assistant. Illustrators are solely into free-hand drawing of the designer’s ideas. 

Fashion Consultant 
As the name suggests, fashion consultants come up with new ideas for developing a product by keeping the trends and transitions of the fashion in mind. 

Merchandiser
The marketing part of a fashion brand is handled by fashion merchandisers. A lot of their time is spent on coordinating with their designers and production teams in order to come up with a product which is in trend. Having analytical skills helps merchandiser to analyze market trends which are important for marketing.

Model
This is a profession which everyone desires to do, although it is not everyone’s cup of tea. To be a model it requires a photogenic face, good physique and communication skill. It is one of the highest paid jobs in the fashion industry, however, fashion designers can earn much more than models. As a model, you need to walk the ramps with a new collection of clothes by your designer. Moreover, you can also work as an actor or you can work for magazines, newspapers and other types of ads.

Average Salary
A Fashion Designer earns an average salary of Rs 351,031 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after few years in this career. 
(Source: Payscale India)

 

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