Fashion designers plan and develop new clothing and accessory styles by creating original designs or by adapting fashions to suit local conditions and trends. They fabricate sample garments based on these designs.
Duties & Tasks
Fashion designers may perform the following tasks:
- consult with clients and stakeholders to determine the objectives of the design brief and to negotiate design solutions
- illustrate concepts by producing storyboard and specification drawings
- use computers to manipulate and develop patterns and modify designs
- research and develop fabrics and accessories for production of garments
- make patterns or work closely with patternmakers to draft patterns from sketches or specification drawings
- select fabric, colour and trim, and undertake cutting and machining of sample garments
- fit samples and discuss them with management, sales and manufacturing staff
- contribute to costing estimates
- finalise specification sheets with detailed sketches and trim details
- approve final samples before they go into production
- liaise with production staff during mass production of garments and participate in quality control
- maintain an awareness of current global and local fashion trends
- control merchandising and retailing of garments.
A fashion coordinator arrange and supervise the marketing of fashion clothing for fashion manufacturing houses, textile companies and retail stores.
- enjoy artistic and creative activities
- creative flair and drawing ability
- good communication skills
- good colour and design sense
- good hand-eye coordination
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- good time management skills
- able to work under pressure.