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Questions Aspirant Fashion Designers Ask

1) How does the school I attend affect my future?

The school you go to will not transform you into a successful designer, only you can make that happen. Do not be discouraged if you don’t get into a highly recognized school. A school can only provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Whether you succeed or not is entirely up to you and all depends on how you use those tools you’ve acquired.

2) Is it necessary for me to know how to sew before attending fashion design school?

Sewing is not difficult at all and can be self-taught quite easily. It is a good idea to get used to a sewing machine beforehand but it’s not absolutely necessary to know how to sew before entering a fashion design program as learning how to sew is typically a core component of the curriculum.

3) Is it necessary for me to know how to draw before attending fashion design school?

No, you do not need to know how to draw because in fashion school you will learn about formulas used to create croquis – body figures you draw clothes on. But knowing how to draw in general would help you understand better the anatomy or movement of an object or body.

Tip: get magazines and try to sketch a model’s body and pose.

4) Does the school location matter?

Location matters! If you want to be successful you need to be around people who are in the industry. Some hot spots for fashion in the US are California, Dallas, Miami and New York.

5) Will I get a job after I graduate?

Although attending fashion design school will not guarantee you a job after graduation, if you are serious about a career in fashion design, a solid education will definitely increase your chance of getting a job tremendously. In the end, a major factor is how hard you’re willing to work to get what you want.

6) What would help me get known as a designer?

Although this is covered in much more detail in class, here are a few general tips to help get you on your way:

  • Meet as many people in the industry as you can
  • Take part/Volunteer in as many fashion shows as you can
  • Always present yourself in a professional manner
  • Work hard

7) What is networking and how can it help me as a future designer?

Networking is basically meeting people. Gaining contacts in every field possible as you will never know what type of professional you will need in the future. It helps to have a business card and professional Facebook, Pinterest and other networking web pages – you never know what professional designer might be looking for in upcoming designers.

8) When will I know everything about fashion design?

Never- fashion is constantly changing you need to know about everything ahead of time, about six months ahead! You will always need to be doing research and learning new techniques to keep up with the times – especially in fashion!

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The Design Process

Hey guys! I just want to give you some information I think is great for you guys to know before entering college and give you an idea of the type of stuff taught in a fashion design program. It’s called The Design Process. It’s the process you go through from conception to execution for any garment.

The process includes: getting a target market, researching, choosing your fabric, sketching, taking measurements, drafting patterns, sewing muslin, checking the fit and start sewing the actual garment.

These are simple yet important steps for every aspiring fashion designer to follow. Let’s break it down.

1) Getting a target market: when designing it’s not only what you like – but incorporating what your target person likes and feels comfortable in. Interview your target market, take notes and try to make them feel comfortable with you, and try to understand their needs.

2) Researching: seasons change, trends change and color stories change. You need to know what’s in and what’s not. Use trend forecasting sources like style.com or stylesight.com. Write what you like and mix it with what your target likes. Remember you are designing for them, not for you!

3) Choose your fabric: before starting to sketch choosing your fabric is really important. Your designs depend on your fabric; if you are designing something that flows and is sheer then you would get chiffon or a silk. If you are making a suit you have to get wool or heavy cotton. The fabric also depends on the season you are choosing.

4) Sketching: now you know what your customer wants, what is “in” for the season you have chosen and the fabrics you will use for your garment. Use your imagination still following your customer’s guidelines.

5) Taking measurements: take measurements, it’s an important step to accomplish either by standardized sizes or for a specific customer.

6) Drafting patterns: in order to sew a garment you will have to develop some patterns. There are books that will help you develop basic patterns and then show you how to modify them to fit your design. Ex: Patternmaking for Fashion Design.

7) Sewing muslin: muslin is the standard fabric used to make garments for fit tests. It is very important to sew a muslin first in case our patterns have to be modified.

8) Checking fit: if it doesn’t fit you will have to redraft your patterns and make another muslin garment.

9) Start sewing actual garment: when your muslin looks exactly like you wanted, celebrate and start sewing your actual garment with the fabric chosen in step 3.

Found this information useful and/or interesting? A Fashion Design Program might be right for you!

How To Become A Fashion Designer

There are two skills which any good fashion designer possesses: sewing and drawing. Sewing is obviously of vital importance, but it helps to be able to draw/sketch your ideas on paper. These are perhaps the two most fundamental skills required in order to become a fashion designer.

You can always learn both drawing and sewing in fashion school (actually, those are typically mandatory classes), but creativity and a passion for fashion is something you must have in your blood.

But becoming a successful fashion designer requires a lot more than simply being able to sew and draw. Becoming a successful fashion designer requires determination, commitment, and equally important, a comprehensive understanding of how the fashion industry works.

Knowing the business side of the fashion industry can literally mean the difference between a highly successful and completely unknown fashion designer.

A Fashion Design Program at a reputable school can prepare you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to break into this exciting, competitive industry. You’ll learn firsthand from professionals in the field in a structured and practical setting. You’ll learn how things are done in the industry and how to do them efficiently so you can make the most of your time. You’ll be guided through the exact steps you’ll need to take in order to start your career as a fashion designer and you’ll be well prepared and ready to face the challenges that await you.

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