Fashion Design Production

Fashion and accessory designers use their knowledge of design principles, techniques, and tools to create sketches and models of original garments, shoes, handbags and other fashion accessories. They often specialize in a particular facet of clothing design, such as men's, women's, children's wear, or lingerie. While some fashion designers control the entire design and marketing process, others use the services of patternmakers to create original textiles and trimmings, production managers to oversee the actual creation of the fashion line, and fashion merchandisers to introduce and establish the designs in the fashion marketplace.

Textile design is one of the design world’s most unique disciplines. Professionals in this field create designs that are used in the production of everything from clothing and furnishings to linoleum flooring and spacecraft insulation. Many of the designs created by textile designers are used repetitively, while others are a one shot deal.

Here at we have profiled dozens of professions in fashion design, fashion merchandising and related fields. Each article contains info about the profession, employment and salary trends and data, types of jobs available to someone with training in that profession, and tips on choosing that career path. Below is a handy dandy list of our profession profiles to date.

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About Textile Artists

Textile artists generate ideas and creative designs for printed textiles, patterned surfaces, knitted textiles, and woven textiles. The designs textile artists create are mass-produced for fabrics used in industries from fashion to packaging. Also called textile designers, textile artists typically choose a specialty such as fashion fabrics, but many work in multiple areas. This makes them more of an asset to companies that produce a wide range of products.

Pattern Makers

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About Pattern Makers

Pattern makers work closely with fashion designers and design departments to create an initial rough draft of what the designer has in mind for any given garment. Independent designers that are just starting out might create their own patterns, but if they are established or work for a large company, they usually work with a team of pattern makers. Years ago, pattern makers created sample patterns by hand. Today, they use a variety of advanced techniques and machines to produce samples.

Lingerie Designer

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About  Lingerie Designers

Lingerie designers create intimate wear for women and men. Their designs can lean towards sexy or settle on sporty. Lingerie designers may also design workout gear, socks, nylons, and even shoes.

Shoe Designer

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About Shoe Designers

Shoe designers design shoes and boots for casual, evening, or sports wear. Also called footwear designers, shoe designers may also dabble in designing socks, tights, and hose.

Sample Maker

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About Sample Makers

Fashion Illustrators

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About Fashion Illustrators

Fashion illustrators are part fine artist, part fashion designer. They create illustrations for designers, magazines, advertisements, and retailers using everything from pastels and pencils to oils and computers. Fashion illustrators may work for a design studio or retailer, or they may be self-employed.  

Assistant Fashion Designer

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About Assistant Fashion Designers

Assistant fashion designer is an entry-level position that can be valuable in terms of gaining solid experience in the industry. This position is a way to get your foot in the door at a design studio, retail chain, or apparel manufacturing company, while earning a good salary and it is a great way to establish a reputation in the industry. Assistant fashion designers typically have the same academic background as established designers, minus the years of experience.

Fashion Designer

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About Fashion Designers

Costume Designer

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About Costume Designers

Costume designers are considered “specialty” fashion designers. They create looks for characters for television, film, and stage productions. Depending on the project, stage designers may be required to create costumes based on strict specifications or they may have the freedom to create from their own vision of what they think the character should wear. Some costume designers revamp existing costumes to fit the production at hand.

Also called: Grader

Job Description

 Pattern graders are responsible for reducing or enlarging a pattern created by a pattern maker in order to produce clothes across a range of sizes (S, M, L, etc) and fits (tall, petite). Pattern graders may use charts, machinery, or computer programs in their work. In general, pattern grading is considered more of a technically oriented career than pattern making or designing.

Showroom Sales Representative

Also called: Showroom Salesperson, Showroom Representative

Job Description

 Showroom Sales Representatives work at manufacturers and/or designers offices, where they meet with visiting Fashion Buyers and show off the latest product line. Once they convince the Fashion Buyer to purchase the manufacturer's products, the Showroom Sales Representative is responsible for accurately taking the Fashion Buyers order. They must then make sure that the right quantity of the right product reaches their customers' stores at the right time and in saleable condition. Showroom sales reps should expect to work additional long hours during the four to six market weeks or fashion weeks each year.

Product Manager

Also called: Product Development Manager

Job Description

 Product Managers are responsible for overseeing the conceptualization, design, construction, selling and distribution of a manufacturer or designer's products. They are also responsible for overseeing the set-up and implementation of quality assurance protocols for their product. Product Managers usually handle a specific product, or product line. This is a fairly senior position within a manufacturer's organization.

Accessories Designer

Also called: Jewelry Designer, Handbag Designer, Shoe Designer, etc.

Job Description:

An accessories designer is generally responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and creating designs of jewelry pieces, handbags, hats, belts, gloves, scarves and other items that will be used to compliment clothing apparels. Most accessories designer professionals start their careers at home. This makes accessory designing a very attractive field for young aspirants.

Fashion Sales Representative

Also called: Manufacturer's Representative, Apparel Sales Representative

Job Description:

Are you a people's person? Or do you have excellent communication skills? Have you ever dreamed of working in the fashion industry? If your answer to the following questions is YES, then a career in fashion sales is perfect for you! Fashion sales representatives are very well-rounded, adaptable, and flexible. They often work for fashion manufacturers or wholesalers.

Clothing Pattern

Also called: Dressmakers, Dressmaking, Pattern Maker, Apparel Patternmaker, Fabric Patternmaker

Job Description

If you are interested in dressmaking, patternmaking, or any tasks that are closely related to clothes and sewing, then you will definitely have a bright future as a clothing pattern maker. Technically, a clothing pattern maker is responsible for developing and creating patterns for a variety of clothing apparels. They conceptualize their patterns through the use of drawings and sketches. The task may require entail grading, detailing, and adjusting garments in various sizes. Today, many dressmakers are now using CAD (Computer Aided Designs) to create pattern models. With the use of computer generated pattern models, clothing pattern maker professionals are able to save time, money and effort. Adjustments can be all done with a click of a button and they can develop multiple patterns at a time.

Fashion Designers

Alternate Titles: Clothes Designer, Apparel Designer

Job Description:

Fashion designers conceptualize and create new clothing and accessory designs. They analyze fashion trends and work closely with production, marketing, and sales departments to design, produce, and promote a finished, ready-to-wear product for apparel manufacturers, specialty and retail stores, and individual clients. Fashion designers usually specialize in a specific line of clothing such as women, men, kids, maternity, bridal, sportswear, and so on. Generally, a fashion designer assumes a variety of tasks which include creating dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories. In larger fashion houses, individual designers may work in very specialized areas, such as t-shirts, evening dresses, maternity clothes, baby outfits, or denims. They need to undergo formal training from accredited fashion design schools in order to practice as a professional.

Fashion Merchandising

Alternate Titles: Merchandiser, Apparel Merchandiser 

Job Description

Fashion merchandisers on the apparel production side track and analyze market trends, production costs, and previous sales numbers to determine the product direction that the manufacturers will take each season. If high rise jeans are going to become the next big thing, a fashion merchandiser needs to be one of the first in the industry to spot the trend. Fashion merchandising professionals on the retail side are responsible for tracking consumer trends and the latest styles to determine store inventory and to price clothes. In addition to arranging the receiving and storage of apparel, retail merchandisers supervise the creation of visual displays and the overall appearance of the store. They may also be responsible for tracking profits and losses.   Merchandisers are some of the most powerful employees within an apparel company, and they have large bottom-line and personnel management responsibilities.