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Fashion Designer

Fashion Designers plan, design and develop clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

Overview

Fashion Designers plan, design and develop clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

Day-to-day

  • determines objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • does product research and analyses functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements
  • formulates design concepts for clothing
  • prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts
  • negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and manufacturing staff
  • selects, specifies and recommends functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture
  • details and documents selected designs for production
  • prepares and commissions prototypes and samples.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Fashion Designer

  • You usually need a formal qualification in fashion design or another related field to work as a Fashion Designer. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways. Putting together a portfolio might help you showcase your skills.

    Take a Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

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