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Fashion Designers

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Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

    Work Activities
    • Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.
    • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
    • Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
    • Confer with sales and management executives or with clients to discuss design ideas.
    • Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
    • Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.
    • Select materials and production techniques to be used for products.
    • Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows.
    • Design custom clothing and accessories for individuals, retailers, or theatrical, television, or film productions.
    • Adapt other designers' ideas for the mass market.
    • Determine prices for styles.
    • Draw patterns for articles designed, cut patterns, and cut material according to patterns, using measuring instruments and scissors.
    • Purchase new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs.
    • Visit textile showrooms to keep up-to-date on the latest fabrics.
    • Collaborate with other designers to coordinate special products and designs.
    • Develop a group of products or accessories, and market them through venues such as boutiques or mail-order catalogs.
    • Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff to develop design concepts and plan productions.
    • Test fabrics or oversee testing so that garment care labels can be created.
    • Sew together sections of material to form mockups or samples of garments or articles, using sewing equipment.
    • Research the styles and periods of clothing needed for film or theatrical productions.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Originality

      The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • US Annual Salary $73,790/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage $35.48/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Tape measures
    • Shears
    • Sewing machines
    • Notebook computers
    • Cloth cutting machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.