A fashion designer along with the accessory designer first study or market research the latest trend, the need of the client and the budget and then he will go in for the designing followed by manufacturing. Accessory Designers specialize in designing shoes, bags, scarves, jewellery, ties, etc which complete the look of the garment. The designer's idea is generally illustrated by free hand sketch. Fashion coordinators generally assist in advertising and organize fashion shows thus promoting sales. This field also requires a Fashion Consultant who should be well aware of the transitions in the fashion market and offer ideas. Once the product is ready for the market then it is the duty of a fashion Stylist who has to coordinate the entire wardrobe for a fashion show or a programme. It involves coordinating the dress, accessories, make up, hairstyle, even the colour of the nail polish of the model according to the theme and the overall look of the show.
Fashion technology is the study and intersection of the fashion and technology industries. The curriculum is designed to provide competency for a wide range of occupations in the fashion industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are applied in clothing construction, industrial sewing, flat patternmaking, designing, textiles, fashion sketching, grading, marking and cutting and computerized grading and marking. Internship or cooperative education experiences are available to interested students. It has opened up new vistas and offers high profile jobs. It has various fields of specialization like garments, footwear, jewellery and even luggage.
A wide scope of job opportunities is available for those who complete this course. The placement areas are
. garment industry and garment store chains
. jewellery industry and jewellery houses
. Export houses
. textile mills
. leather industry
Thus career in this industry is mainly concentrated in
Fashion Designing - where one can get employed with manufacturing units, export houses and boutiques and can get self employed by opening one's own boutique.
Textile Designing - A designer for textile can get employed as a colourists, weaver, embroidery designer, dying & printing consultant, fabric analyzer, textile lab manager, fabric resource manager etc.
Apparel Merchandising - can find employment with garment industries, export houses, manufacturing firms, production coordinator, quality control supervisor, fashion retailer, export manager etc.
Visual merchandising - a comparatively new career field which has sprung up with the growing popularity of window and floor displays in exhibitions, fairs and other places.
Fashion Journalism - has a bright scope for employment as there is a need for exclusive articles and programmes with the development of fashion industry.
Fashion Photography- is an extremely creative and well paid profession. They can do freelancing and find employment with fashion houses, designers, fashion journals and news papers.
Modelling -is a highly paid job where one can find employment with designers, in design houses, advertisement firms etc.
FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE FIELD OF FASHION DESIGNING
This very talented fashion designer from Italy is also one of the most successful and sought after fashion designers all over the world. With a modest beginning, Giorgio Armani dabbled with different careers till he found his basic interest in fashion designing. It was in the year 1974, when he launched the Armani label with the help of a partner. Giorgio achieved his breakthrough in the world of fashion through his designs sported by Richard Gere worn in the American Gigolo. Since then, Giorgio Armani is known for his neat and clean silhouettes and his innovative designs in menswear.
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the leading designer of the 1920s and 30s after Coco Chanel. She was born in Italy of Italian and Egyptian heritage. She was a great-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, who discovered the canals of Mars. She made her name with black knit sweaters with a white bowtie pattern knitted in. She was the first to use shoulder pads, hot pink, calling it shocking pink, in 1947, animal print fabrics, and zippers dyed the same colors as the fabrics. She is also well known for her surrealist designs of the 1930's, especially her hats, including one resembling a giant shoe, and one a giant lamb chop, both which were famously worn by the Franco-American Singer sewing machine heiress Daisy Fellowes, who was one of Schiaparelli's best clients and who owned a pink gemstone that inspired the color shocking pink.
She designed a number of perfumes in addition to clothing; the first and most famous of which, named Shocking, was created in 1936. Shocking is famous less for the fragrance itself than for its packaging: besides a box in shocking pink, the bottle itself was in the shape of a woman's torso, based on the curvacious body of one of Schiaparelli's clients, film star Mae West. For West, she designed costumes for the Hollywood film "Every Day's a Holiday." She also designed Zsa Zsa Gabor's costumes for the film "Moulin Rouge."
Bruce Oldfield OBE (born July 14, 1950) is a British fashion designer, best known for his couture occasionwear. He dresses Hollywood actresses, British and International royalty and European aristocracy; famous clients have included Sienna Miller, Barbara Streisand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diana Ross, Anjelica Huston, Faye Dunaway, Melanie Griffith, Charlotte Rampling, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Queen Noor of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Oldfield was brought up and educated in the care of children's charity, Barnardo's. He was educated at Ripon Grammar School, Sheffield College, and Ravensbourne college. He graduated from St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1973 to critical acclaim. That year he staged his first one-man show for Henri Bendel, later returning to London to show his first collection. In 1975 the Bruce Oldfield label was born with the launch of ready-to-wear collections for European and American stores. He began making couture clothes in 1978 for individual clients and from 1980 for Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1984 he opened his first shop selling ready-to-wear and couture to an international clientele.
In 1990 Oldfield was awarded the OBE for services to fashion and industry; and in 2004 he published his autobiography "Rootless". He has Honorary Fellowships to the Royal College of Art and the Universities of Durham and Sheffield, was Governor of The London Institute (1999-2001) and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts (2000-2002). In December 2001, Oldfield received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (Hon DCL) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and in 2005 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England. He is also a Vice President of Barnardo's.
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