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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Salary Range
€20k - €40k
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In Brief...

Designs and creates all kinds of clothes and fashion accessories.

Knowledge

  • Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

In Summary - Fashion Designer

Career Sectors

Fashion Designers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Crafts Industry
Art, Craft & Design
Design
Art, Craft & Design
The Fashion Industry
Fashion & Beauty

Videos & Interviews

Liz Christy, Textile Design/Handweaver

Liz Christy is a Textile Designer and Handweaver working near Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. After her Leaving Cert she completed a certificate in Visual Education and went on to get a National Diploma in Textile Design. She is now self employed, and operates her own studio, Swallow Studios, where she displays and sells her creations.

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Further Information

The Work - Fashion Designer

Haute couture Fashion Designers create designs for clothing and/or fashion accessories, that suit, or often predict trends and market demands. They design garments for individual clients and produce seasonal collections that influence the rest of the fashion industry. Some of these designers have their own fashion houses and work with a small team of selected individuals.  
 
Designer ready-to-wear ranges are collections of ready made quality garments that are sold through selected 'up market' shops. They often follow the haute couture trend or create their own styling.  
 
Fashion designers who work in wholesale manufacturing produce designs that are suitable for mass market production. They usually have to incorporate a particular house style or image into their designs. These designs are those seen in most high street shops and mail order catalogues.  
 
Fashion designers work closely with textile designers as they need to be aware of different fabrics. A knowledge of garment structure, pattern cutting and technical processes is also needed, even if the designer is not directly involved in some of these activities.

There are numerous job roles in the fashion industyr including:

  • Design
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Pattern making and garment assembly
  • Colour forecasting 
  • Costume design

Many fashion designers are self-employed developing unique ranges of fashion items for niche markets.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.
  • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
  • Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
  • Confer with sales and management executives or with clients to discuss design ideas.
  • Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.
  • Select materials and production techniques to be used for products.
  • Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows.
  • Adapt other designers' ideas for the mass market.
  • Purchase new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Selling or Influencing Others Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

Interests - Fashion Designer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Creative

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Qualities

As a Designer you must understand the technical skills as well as having the ability to create original sketches. You need to be creative with an eye for colour, texture and pattern.  
 
You need to be creative and have an artistic flair. You should have the ability to concentrate on fine work for long periods and should enjoy seeing a task through to the end. Sewing skills are essential.  
 
You will need to be a good communicator, as a lot of work involves liasing and negotiating with clients and employers.

Entry Requirements - Fashion Designer

Pay & Salary - Fashion Designer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €20k - €40k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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