All professions have a typical day-to-day schedule for them that include projects, assignments, meetings and conferences depending on their work. Fashion designing happens to be a very eventful field where, apart from your everyday work, you’ll have to keep jumping between things from time to time. Fashion designers have a lot to do too and honestly it’s quite fun. Generally, only the ones who are passionate about designing, clothing and arts go for a fashion designing career. We don’t see people who aren’t interested in the field signing up to be a designer.
We have fashion design courses at Hamstech that are perfect for anybody who dreams of a career in fashion designing. It is important to have the right education and be prepared when entering the fashion and apparel industry. Hamstech encourages its students to be a part of fashion competitions, exhibitions and internships to get the much required practical experience. No matter how much you learn, unless you can practically apply it somewhere it’s of no use to you. So when you start off as a fashion designer, there are some things that you know and some that you learn over a period of time. That’s alright! Every work is different and it takes time to get tuned to a particular routine.
Having seen a lot of fashion designers from Hamstech making successful careers in the fashion industry, we thought we can walk you through a day in the life of fashion designers. It might differ based on the work profile, brand and products but the basic work life is pretty much similar in most of the designing fields!
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Market Research and Studying your Competition
Now we all expected this! It is very important to know what’s happening around you, especially when you are trying to appeal to a client. So all those mall visits, online research, checking out the runway collections isn’t just for fun, it’s for taking down some notes on what works and what doesn’t. What are people wanting to wear, what looks and feels good while also putting out something new. The whole point behind making new collections every season is to have good sales, so no matter how much time and effort you put into designing something, unless it sells, it is of zero value. That’s why you do the research and study what brands like you are working on. Research will enable you with all the information that you need to come up with designs that will shine through. So yes, fashion designers start their day with some research work!
Making Design sketches and Placements
Next comes the discussions on what designs will make it to the final collection. Fashion designers work on a lot of elements and put together some designs to get them approved. That’s when the pros and cons of those designs are discussed in detail, finally deciding on which ones to proceed with. Sometimes you may have to work on some more designs to match the requirement and get back to the client or the manager. It’s all about conceptualising(1) and putting things together that work! It isn’t as easy as it sounds. All ideas aren’t practical, so a lot of thinking goes into making them practical!
After getting their designs approved, fashion designers proceed to start working on their design sampling. Now this is something that’s different for everybody, it’s based on the ideas they have and the elements that they want to work with. Every design is different as it reflects the taste of a designer. Sampling is where you can go all out and try different techniques to come up with beautiful design samples. Every step in designing involves creative thinking and decision making skills on a daily basis. So if you are going to be a fashion designer, be prepared to make a lot of creative decisions!
Drafting Patterns and Design Placements
Well we have reached one of the trickiest things that fashion designers do for their designs. Draft patterns! These are purely based on precision and measurements and this is what decides the fit and look of a garment. So they work on drafting patterns and placing designs wherever they plan on getting the work done. These patterns make all the difference in the world and are often experimented with. That’s how you see so many new fits in the market, every season!
A fashion designer gets to do a lot more than this and it is a process that spans over a period of time! It’s a highly creative and interactive profession for anybody who is passionate about designing. So all you upcoming fashion designers out there, don’t forget to sign up for a Fashion design course like the ones offered by Hamstech and get a chance to learn from industry’s experts!