Become a fashion designer
As a fashion designer you would be the creative head of a fashion collection responsible for creating original designs. Where does the inspiration for this come from? Many fashion designers study the upcoming fashion trends intensively and frequently read fashion magazines. Others find their ideas in their immediate environment through people, nature, shapes and colours.
Once you have found your inspiration, it's time to create a concept by putting your ideas on paper and creating technical illustrations on the computer. Materials and accessories can now be selected to match your designs. You can then create samples of your designs, which are to be tried on by models and adjusted if necessary. Once your creations have been approved, it gets even more exciting as your collection can be presented to a professional audience at a fashion show. The next stage is for your designs to go into production. Production-ready cuts would need to be designed and the production of the garments will then need to be monitored.
Depending on the order, you may have to follow some design specifications laid out by the brand. Different collections may have different requirements, for example, luxury fashion such as haute couture differs from everyday fashion in terms of production numbers and the exclusivity of the fabrics. It is also important during the design process for a collection to be mindful of your budget as you will need to save some of it for the production.
There are many job opportunities open to you as a fashion designer, for example, studios, design departments, production rooms, theatres, film and television productions. If your interest lies more in development, you can also focus on improving existing collections and trend analysis.