|Fashion Designers help create
clothing and accessories. Most specialize in one area such as: women's
wear, men's wear, children's wear, hats, purses, shoes, swim wear,
lingerie, formal wear, outerwear etc... Some Fashion Designers are self
employed and may have individual clients who they design and make clothing
for. Other self employed designers may work for high fashion stores
or the corner boutique.
Fashion Designer will
usual make one original garment, and then hire factory seamstress workers
to make multiplies of the garment for retail sale. Designers who are hired
for small boutiques may make all the garments themselves.
Designers study fashion trends, sketch
designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and
oversee the final production of their design or vision.
Typically, once a designer has an idea on
paper, fabrics are chosen. First the garment is made using cheaper
material (usually muslin) and worn by a model to see what changes or
adjustments need to be made. Then samples of the article using the
actual fabrics and materials are sewn and then marketed to clothing
retailers. Many designs are shown at a "trade show" or "trunk show" where
designers from all over show their lines and designs. Retailers will
then place orders for what they are interested in for their store.