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DESIGN CAREERS

A designer is a person who designs. More formally, a designer is an agent that "specifies the structural properties of a design object". In practice, anyone who creates tangible or intangible objects, products, processes, laws, games, graphics, services, and experiences is referred to as a designer.​

Fashion Designer

Fashion/clothing designers design clothes, accessories and shoes. Some design expensive one-off pieces. Others work in a team creating a whole range of mass-produced fashions, or specialise in particular areas such as sportswear.

 

Tasks depend on the market the designer is working for, but core responsibilities include: creating or visualising an idea and producing a design by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) keeping up to date with emerging fashion trends as well as general trends relating to fabrics, colours and shapes.

Lingerie /  Swimwear Designer

A Lingerie Designer may design a range of products such as bras, pants, vests, camisoles, slips, shapewear and sleepwear. ... They may specialise in designing either lingerie or swimwear. They begin by researching design and market trends to help inspire and generate ideas. 

 

Lingerie designers sketch design ideas by hand or by using computer-aided design (CAD). They sew, mix colours, research lingerie trends, select fabrics, and design entire lines. Lingerie designers at the top of their game might oversee production, and just about every lingerie designer attends lingerie shows, fashion shows, and trade shows.

 

Depending on the type and size of the company, lingerie designers may manage a team of pattern makers, colourists, and sewers. In smaller companies, the lingerie designer may have to do it all, acting as designer, patternmaker, and colourist. If just starting out, self-employed lingerie designers will have to do it all until he or she establishes a name in the industry.

Lingerie designers work for design firms, boutiques, apparel manufacturing companies, wholesalers, department stores, chain retailers, retail shops, and boutiques. 

Knitwear Designer

A Knitwear Designer may spend their time collecting ideas and looking for trends before sketching ideas or using a computer programme to draw designs. Then, they develop ideas into patterns, make samples and oversee the production of the items. They also source, select and buy yarns.

 

A knitwear designer plans and produces clothing and other items, such as accessories and soft furnishings, in a range of yarns and wools. They combine an innovative approach to textiles with a practical view of the end-products as usable garments. Knitwear designers are usually involved with overseeing the production and manufacturing of their products. Many knitwear designers progress to running their own labels and providing goods direct to customers through a shop or e-commerce outlet.

Textile Designer

Textile design is a highly skilled job. It involves creating designs and patterns for woven and knitted fabrics, carpeting, upholstery and other patterned or printed surfaces. Clothing, carpeting and upholstery are obvious textile products. 

Textile designers create two-dimensional designs that can be used, often as a repeat design, in the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textile products.

Working in both industrial and non-industrial locations, they often specialise or work in a specialist context within the textile industry.

 

The two major areas of textiles are:

*     interiors (upholstery, soft furnishings and carpets)
*     fabrics for clothing (fashion or specialist, e.g. fire-proof).


Many textile designers are self-employed, while others work as part of a design team.

Personal Stylist

A personal stylist is very much like an image consultant. Personal stylist professionals give fashion advice to ensure that clients will be able to showcase their desired fashion image. They provide insights on how wardrobes should be worn, what accessories will complement a particular outfit, what outfit color will suit the client, and many more. In general, personal stylist professionals must be able to combine the latest fashion trends with the client's personal taste. This is critical to ascertain that they will be able to convey the message that the client wants to achieve.

 

Personal stylist professionals are usually hired by individuals who need to come up with a unique image overhaul in order to establish a distinct signature style. If you are really eager to try this career, you have to be aware that it isn't just all about the glamour and rubbing shoulders with famous celebrities. You should know that the fashion world is a demanding industry, hence, only those who are quite resilient will likely to survive the fierce competition

Wardrobe Stylist 

A wardrobe stylist, also fashion stylist, is a consultant who selects the clothing for published editorial features, print or television advertising campaigns, music videos, concert performances, and any public appearances made by celebrities, models or other public figures. Stylists are often part of a larger creative team assembled by the client, collaborating with the fashion designer, photographer/director, hair stylist and makeup artist to put together a particular look or theme for the specific project. A wardrobe stylist can also be referred to as a fashion stylist, fashion editor, or celebrity stylist. According to one view, "Stylists are the people who push each celebrity to make the best dressed list," and assist with editorial photo shoots.

 

The job description varies greatly depending on the assignment. Stylists in the editorial and celebrity fields work primarily with designer samples, which are shown during fashion presentations and are lent to members of the fashion press during the 4–6 months before retail sales begin. 

Fashion Illustrator

A Fashion Illustrator creates clothing designs by hand or with computer programs. When you're a Fashion Illustrator, your drawings are usually the first things that Fashion Stylists and Fashion Buyers will look at in order to make decisions for their clients. They are also used for ads and sales for the fashion house.

Fashion illustrators, also known as fashion design artists, are specialized illustrators who focus on expressing fashion designs and ideas through art. They must be familiar with computer design software and usually hold bachelor's degrees in graphic design or a relevant field.