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Top Fashion Industry Job Descriptions and Trends

Top Fashion Industry Job Descriptions and Trends


Fashion Designer

Whether you want to work as a haute couture, ready-to-wear or mass market fashion designer, your job will mainly consist of identifying industry trends, designing clothes that fit the brand’s image and making models, actors and everyday people look and feel their best.

Assistant Designer
• Provide support to Associate Designer and Designer
• Shop trim market, schedule appointments for designer
• Accompany Designer on fabric appointments
• Assist in the creation of presentation boards
• Maintain and follow-up on samples, trims, fabric cuts (and anything else) for the designer

Associate Designer
• Work with Designer on all pieces of design
• Possess fabric/ trim sourcing skills
• Strong aesthetic and sketching ability
• Excellent communication skills

• Responsible for concepts, sketches, fabrics and trends
• Oversee all aspects of the design room
• Provide direction to Design Assistants, Patternmakers and Artists
• Strong illustration, flat and detailed sketch ability • Handle initial fittings
• Communicate ideas and vision to staff
• Knowledge of current/ past market and competition

Design Director
• Highly creative Designer who can provide vision and head a design team.
• Strong merchandising knowledge and able to communicate very effectively with the sales team
• Has strong technical skills and fabric knowledge.

Technical Designer
• Strong patternmaking, fit and grading knowledge and experience
• Ability to fit on live models or mannequins
• Execute detailed flat drawings and write garment specifications
• Communicate pattern corrections with domestic and overseas vendors
• Develop and review fabric and construction standards
• Inspect production of garment construction
• Solid knowledge of product development
PDM and Web PDM background necessary

CAD Designer
• Excellent flat sketching skills
• Strong sense of color
• Knowledge of various CAD systems
• Excellent verbal communication skills and leadership abilities

Production Manager
• Supervise production and manages production team
• Work closely with factories to ensure quality and timeliness
• Track pieces from conception to completion
• Understand garment construction

Textile Buyer
• Gathers and presents fabrics to Designers at the beginning of each season and whenever new fabrics are added
• Shops for new fabric and scouts fabric trends during market week

Fashion Forecaster
• Predicts long-range fashion trends
• Interprets and evaluates what’s current and popular in the fashion world
• Formulates written fashion forecast reports for designers, buyers and textile buyers
• Acts as a fashion information source to designers and buyers

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