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Apparel Design

DOT Content Team
August 10, 2020
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Apparel designers, also called clothing or fashion designers, conceptualize and create items of clothing. They often specialize in one type of design, such as casual, evening, or activewear. Common duties include tracking current fashion trends and predicting future ones, sketching new designs, selecting patterns and fabrics to use in garments, and overseeing production. They may then show items to creative directions, clients, or retailers, depending on if the garments are to be custom designed or mass-produced.

Fashion designers are mostly employed by wholesale or manufacturing outlets, where garments are typically created for mass production, designers can also work for apparel companies. In these settings, they tend to work as full or part-time members within a team. At the times, long hours are needed to reach deadlines. A number of apparel designers are self-employed they often create custom clothing and may work unusual hours to meet clients’ needs. Fashion designers frequently travel to visit manufacturers, attend a trade or fashion shows, and gain artistic inspiration.


colourful patterns of apparels

Employers seek entry-level apparel designers who can make patterns or sketches and have a strong understanding of styles and materials. Students can learn these skills through associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs in fashion design, which usually include courses in 2-and 3 dimensional design, textiles, pattern construction, fashion history, and computer-aided design. Supplementary courses in math, anatomy, psychology, and business are also recommended. Post-secondary schools with fashion design programs are accredited by the national association of schools of art and design. Taking time to develop a portfolio and complete one or more internships while in school can give students an advantage when starting their careers. Some of the famous apparel designers are Karl Lagerfeld, Hubert de Givenchy, Tom Ford, Betsey Johnson, Vera wang, etc. And the top apparel designing companies are B.Chorosch, Genesis colours ltd, Global polybags Industries Pvt.Ltd, House of Anita Dongre Ltd, etc.
The U.S Bureau of labour statistics(BLS) reported that apparel designers need to follow these qualities:

  • A talent for choosing colours, forms, and patterns that appeal to consumers Detailed, hands-on personalities.
  • Creativity and originality.
  • Ability to carry out projects independently
  • Well developed business sense
  • Ability to communicate with other designers when working on a team
  • Knowledge of pattern construction, tailoring, and sewing, as well as computer-aided design software.

The BLS noted that apparel designers were expected to face keen competition in the coming years.

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