For most, a job in the fashion industry is a dream, but for many others taking the right career decisions have in fact led them making money out of their passion. The key to getting a place in the fashion industry is being able to reinvest yourself and your work. Regardless of whether you are interested in creating new dressing, owning an online boutique or be involved in the glamorous catwalks, this is the perfect time to get inspired.
Students looking at design as a business proposition can decide whether he/she would like to set up their own signature line boutique or assume bigger roles as part of the textile and garment industry from the various career choices it offers:
Buyer, Merchandiser, Exporter, Designer, Stylist, Costume designing for Films, Visual Merchandiser, Illustrator, Garment Technologist, Trend Forecaster, Textile Specialist, Textile Designer, Concept Developer, Color Expert, Drape Specialist, Digital designer, Design Teacher or Researcher, Design Director.
Role of a Designer is to create avant-garde haute novel looks in two or four design lines according to the season. Samples are also made by designers in export houses for bookings at least 12 months in advance for the season ahead. A designer must be able to predict oncoming trends. Exposure to different markets entails a constant researching on the web, as well as, networking and travel to fashion destinations like Paris, London, Italy, and New York and so on.
A Design Director heads the team of associate/junior designers and guides them translate their creative vision. Knowing all about the design room like fabrics and swatches, trends, concepts, sketches, technical know- how, sourcing, merchandising skills, and most of all , effective communication, a qualitative and quantitative balance between aesthetics and business acumen is made.
Associate Designer/Illustrator - normally a way to begin by working with established designers -looks at all aspects of designing, with strong sketching skills for presentation. Technical knowledge, communication skills and sourcing of trims and fasteners are important.
Garment Technologist develops excellent pattern making skills in order to find creative solutions in the most efficient manner so as to arrive at effective production methods and correct price points for particular markets.
A Stylist puts together an ensemble aesthetically after deciding on all elements like look, style, hair ,make- up, jewellery, shoes, accessories in toto. Stylists also work for design houses or for magazine publications which do their own fashion shoots. Stylists also work on the particular look of films or the characters in it.
A Visual Merchandiser determines effective sales by displaying in showroom windows attractively and by decorating the latest selling items in the shop counter.
A Textile Designer knows all about fabrics and ways of developing surface textures on them either by print ideas, dyeing, weaving, embroidery, by hand or digitally in colorful combinations.
A fashion professional needs to be dynamic, adaptive and social while being able to come up with his own ideas. There is no limit to this industry once you are completely dedicated. At Cindrebay School of Fashion we help you channelize your skills in the right directions. For those curious about the pay-checks, be sure that they will follow! Just keep your head straight, work hard and seek help of people who have been able to make it to the top.