A lot of people talk about fashion, I love fashion, I love to look good with creative classy outfits and I would delve into fashion designing either as a profession or hobby.
Most people interested in this craft, are confused about what it entails and how to go about it.
And that’s why I am here to take you through the process of fashion, designs, dressmaking and accessories.
So lets start ! What is fashion design ?
Fashion design: is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories . we have , Haute couture and Ready-to-wear categories.
The haute couture collection is dedicated to certain customers and its sewn as customised to fit a certain category of customers.
Then the next Question : Who is a fashion designer?
A fashion designer is someone who loves to study fashion trends, sketch designs, select materials, and have a part in all the production aspects of their designs. They contribute to the creation of billions of pieces of clothing and accessories purchased by consumers on a yearly basis. Designers create women's, men's and children's apparel. This might include sportswear, maternity wear, outerwear, underwear, formalwear, eyewear and footwear.
We also Accessory designers who design belts, scarves, hats, and handbags ,then the next step will be
What does a Fashion Designer do?
A fashion designer takes part in just about every aspect of bringing fashion to the public. Creating basic designs which can be done in different ways. It can involve storyboards with sketches, to working with a dummy and sewing pieces of materials together. This creating phase is when the designer takes his/her vision that's swirling in the mind's eye and puts it into a visual expression. This first draft of the design is then worked on as the designer develops the first basic prototype/ model of a particular design.
In recent times , fashion designing has gone up a notch higher by using :
Computer-aided design (CAD) in the fashion design industry. Although most designers initially sketch designs by hand, a growing number take these hand sketches and put them on the computer. CAD allows designers to look at designs of clothing on virtual models, in many colours and shapes, therefore saving time by needing fewer adjustments later.
Then next step is to take the rough sketch or model and develop a more specific working pattern. Usually, the designer will make a rough model of the design by creating a toile. A Toile is made by sewing inexpensive material (like muslin) to make a rough model of the design. When this is placed on a mannequin-like dress stand, the designer can see how the material will drape or hang on a human form.
Although some Large fashion design houses hire their own pattern-makers, tailors, who create the master patterns and sew d prototypes. Designers working in small design firms, or those new to the business, usually do most of the technical pattern-making and sewing tasks, in addition to designing the clothing. When the garment is complete, the designer will either modify, scrap or approve the design for showing in a collection.
Another task of a fashion designer is to have full control of a fashion show, often picking the models, determining the price of each garment, and arranging how the garments will be presented to the public. Most designers have assistants to help with all the many small details, but overall, retains full control.
Class of Fashion Designers:
And below are list of the different classes we have !
Wholesale Fashion designer : works for wholesalers or manufacturers ,creates designs for the world market. These designs are manufactured in various sizes, colours and materials.
Then we have Haute couture designers/ fashion high designers who are self-employed:
They create custom designs for individual clients, usually at very high prices. They can also sell their designs in their own stores or cater to specialty stores or high-end fashion department stores. These designers create a mixture of original garments and also established fashion trends. Then we Fashion designers employed by manufacturing establishments, wholesalers, or design firms generally work regular hours in well-lighted and comfortable settings.
Then we have Costume design, Fashion designers specialize in costume design for the performing arts, movies, and television productions. The work of costume designers is similar to other fashion designers, except they must extensively research the styles worn during the period in which the performance takes place. They may also work with directors to select and create certain attire. Costume fashion designers make sketches of designs, select fabric and other materials, and oversee the production of the costumes. They also must stay within the costume budget.
Freelance fashion designers : are designers who work on a contractual basis, or by the job. They often have to adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and deadlines, meeting with the clients during evenings or weekends. Freelance designers tend to work longer hours and in smaller environments and are under constant pressure to please clients and to find new ones in order to have a steady income. Regardless of their work setting, all fashion designers occasionally work long hours to meet deadlines or get ready for fashion shows.
So these are the types of fashion designers existing worldwide.
Also note,the nature of the fashion business requires consistent communication with suppliers, manufacturers, and customers all over Africa, North America and the world. Many fashion designers travel several times a year to trade and fashion shows to learn about the latest fashion trends. Designers may also travel frequently to meet with fabric and material suppliers and manufacturers.
I hope our readers are now enlightened about what fashion design and its categories in clothing and accessories is all about.
On our next class ,next week. We will talk on : How do you become a fashion designer? But before then I need response\questions from fashion lovers on our first topic about fashion design to enable us keep this thread alive. And by next week, our topic will be? How do one become a fashion Designer.
See u next week, all. And have a great day.
Please feel free to ask any questions and I will gladly reply on this topic .