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13 December 2011

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Careers in Fashion – Fashion Designing

The two most common types in Fashion are ‘Haute Couture’ and ‘Prêt-a Porter.’  Haute Couture is the garment which is ‘one-of-its-kind.’ It’s specially made for one client and there’s just one unique piece in each design. Prêt –a-Porter are ready to wear garment which is produced in bulk.  It’s further classified into evening wear, casual wear, ladies wear, kids wear, accessory designing etc. Designers can create a niche for themselves and specialize in any one area. Designers can either work as freelancers or get employed in places like export houses, buying houses or with high-end brands.

Fashion design is a very lucrative business if you have the aptitude, talent, panache and the flair for it. Designers should be a lot creative and imaginative. They must be able to produce garments that can become trends. They must be able to visualize and conceptualize fashion.

Educational Requirements:

There are successful fashion designers who haven’t had any formal training but have made it to the top. But in these days of high competition having a formal education can make a lot of difference, particularly when applying for a job as a fashion designer. Especially as a haute couture designer, you need to handle expensive fabrics with utmost care and learn to sew them with a clean finish. Since ready-to –wear garments and mass market designs are put together on assemble lines, it doesn’t require much preparation. With fashion designing software you can design and style your own clothes much like the professionals. A formal education in fashion will help you get through all these difficulties.

What should one do?

Creating a good portfolio is one of the most important facets in fashion designing. A portfolio reflects the designer’s skill and his/ her expertise in the field. . It is a canvas to carve a niche for themselves.  It has to be in sync with the trends and convey a true reflection of a designer’s artistic ability. Your portfolio should induce potential employers that you would be an asset to their business.

As a designer, learn to sew and sketch as both are very important. You must be able to draw on paper or on the computer using designing software. You can join as an assistant with a good fashion designer for the start and observe their various approaches. Do a lot of networking with other designers, models, agents and photographers. Take any opportunities that come by to showcase your designing skills. Try to build your name as much as possible. Read high-end fashion magazines to keep your self updated on trends. Create a website or start a blog of your own. Visit fashion shows and trade shows regularly. It gives you a fair idea on how the industry works. 

Benefits:

Since designers have total control over what they create, a majority of them aim to start their own label. You get to set trends. Among all the careers that exist in the fashion industry, a fashion designer’s job can be the most influential one. Every body has to be connected to a designer in some way or the other. A fashion photographer showcases designer clothes. A fashion stylist styles an individual with the clothes that a designer designs. Fashion merchandisers and buyers market and buy the clothes that designers create. Hence, designers are being involved in all aspects in some form or the other. It’s that beneficial!

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