Other Fashion Careers

Other fashion career opportunities include costume design for TV, film and theater productions; personal stylist positions with high-end department stores and private clients, and modeling work for everything from newspapers ads to strutting the catwalk in Milan or Paris.

Costume designers are a vital component of production teams in the film, television and theater industries. They are responsible for creating realistic costumes for film and television actors as well other performance artists—think Cirque de Soleil, the opera and the ballet. Because the position requires precision, advanced design skills, and more, it takes more than creativity to enter the field. Costume designers must have advanced research skills in order to create costumes that correctly match any given era, region or group. They must also:

Here at Fashion-Schools.org 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.

What do Textile Artists do?  Where do Textile Artists work? FS takes a look:

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.

Jewelry Designer

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About Jewelry Designers

Jewelry designers create accessories that may be made of anything from plastic to pearls to precious stones. Jewelry designers work in a variety of environments from small kiosks to massive diamond manufacturing firms. While the talent and skills of a jewelry designer can be used in a number of manufacturing or retail environments, many designers choose to work independently by selling their designs door-to-door, directly to retailers, or at their own shops.

Fashion Stylist

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About Fashion Stylists

Fashion stylists play a major role in fashion photo shoots, commercials, music videos, and print advertisements. They work with photographers and directors to style the scene to their specifications. Fashion stylists may work as part of a team or solo.

Fashion Model

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About Fashion Models

Fashion models are more than just pretty faces. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Project Runway or America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), you’ve likely heard the most promising hopefuls rattle off the names of fashion designers (both iconic and obscure), photographers, and other industry professionals—without hesitation. Many aspiring models also have a significant amount of knowledge about fashion industry trends and the way the fashion design business works. Knowing a lot about fashion is never a bad thing in this industry, but at the end of the day, a models top priority is to make the garments they wear look good.

Wardrobe Manager

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About Wardrobe Managers

Wardrobe manager is an exciting job. Not only do you have the opportunity to work in the fantastic field of fashion, you may also work (simultaneously) in theater, film and video, television, and advertising. Even better is, wardrobe manager is considered a top-level position, whether you’re working for a small theater company or a film studio.

Tailor - Fashion Careers

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About Tailors

Tailors make custom-fit coats, dresses, suits, and other garments for customers. They typically work with people who have a difficult time finding clothes to fit their short, tall, or wider than the average bodies. Tailors also take existing ready-to-wear garments and alter them for customers or clients.


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About Consultants

A consultants primary function is to help companies improve performance and profits in order to remain competitive in any given industry. Also called management consultants or management analysts, consultants have extensive experience and expertise in the industries they serve. Consultants working in the fashion industry may offer their expertise to everything from retail chains to textile companies.

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

Retail Salesperson

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About Retail Salespersons

Many fashion designers spend a significant amount of time working in retail while trying to break into the fashion design industry. But what many people probably don’t know is, retail sales can be a very lucrative career. Some aspiring fashion designers end up establishing a career in retail, which keeps them close to the world of fashion, whether they continue to design or not!

Fashion Public Relations Specialist

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About Fashion Public Relations Specialists

Fashion House Manager

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About Fashion House Managers

From Chanel to Christian Dior to Gucci to Jean Paul Gaultier, working at a top fashion house is a dream for many designers. Becoming a manager for a fashion house is an even bigger aspiration. Becoming a fashion house manager is possible, but you will have to put in the time working your way up from intern to assistant to designer to assistant manager to fashion house manager. In some cases, you will have to work your way up through more levels than this. At the end of the day, most fashion house managers say it’s well worth the climb.

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.  

Fashion Forecaster

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About Fashion Forecasters

Fashion forecasters are at the top of the chain in the world of fashion design. They have the unique ability to predict which way the wind will blow when it comes to what’s soon to be hot, what will stay hot, and what’s not. Also called fashion color forecasters or fashion trend forecasters, fashion forecasters have extensive experience in the fashion industry, so they command some of the top salaries in the business.

Fabric Librarian

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About Fabric Librarians

Fabric librarian is an entry-level position in the textile industry. Fabric librarians are responsible for developing and maintaining fabric “libraries” for companies within the industry. Manufacturers use the library to determine which fabrics have been used in past products and which fabrics are currently being used. Fabric libraries also house information about fibers.

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 Director

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About Fashion Directors

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