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Fashion design is an art form that deals with clothes and accessories.

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Welcome to the Apparel Search resource center for fashion designers.  In this section of our directory you will find information that is beneficial to the design, manufacturing, and retailing of designer fashion.

Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they design.

Below you will find a few of our favorite Resources for Fashion Designers:

Fashion Event Planning Fashion Design

Fashion Week

Fashion Events

Fashion Calendar

Event Planners

Fashion Model Directory

Public Relations

Fashion PR Companies

Fashion Blogs

Fashion News

Fashion Newspaper

Fashion Communities

Larger apparel companies typically employ a team of designers headed by a creative director. Some fashion designers specialize in clothing, footwear, or accessory design; others create designs in all three fashion categories.

Fashion Forecasting

Color Trends & Forecasting

Fashion Stylist Agencies

Designer Definition

Fashion Designer Definition Directory

Graphic Artist Directory & Guide

   Design Agencies

   Fashion Illustrators / Graphic Designers

   Artist Links of Interest

   Hang Tag Designers / Retail Packaging Designers

   Window Design For Clothing Stores

Manufacturing of Garments

Designers produce samples with the actual materials that will be used in manufacturing. Samples that get good responses from fashion editors or trade and fashion shows are then manufactured and sold to consumers. 

Pattern Making

Sample Making

Apparel Manufacturing Directory

Clothing Factory Directory

Although the design process may vary by specialty, in general it takes 6 months from initial design concept to final production, when either the spring or fall collection is released. Some companies may release new designs as frequently as every month, in addition to releasing designs during the spring and fall.

Trims & Notions

Fabric

Zippers

Buttons

Clothes Hangers

Labels

   More trim suppliers

Above are only a few resources & services to assist.  If you wish to continue your research on this subject you may want to also visit our fashion terms section where you can find information about fashion merchandising, fit samples, size specs, pre-production samples, and other product development resources.  In fact, you can read about the product development process which gives a birds eye view of various steps required when developing clothing, shoes, or accessories.  You may also want to gain a better understanding regarding the difference between emerging fashion designers and those that are already established.

If you are a designer, please join us for discussions in the fashion designer group at the fashion industry network.  We hope that you enjoy the designer fashion section that we have created.  If you think we are missing any famous designers, please let us know.

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Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, evening wear, outerwear, maternity clothing, and intimate apparel.

Footwear designers create and help produce different styles of shoes and boots. As new materials, such as lightweight synthetic materials used in shoe soles, become available, footwear designers produce new designs that combine comfort, form, and function.

Accessory designers design and produce items such as handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hosiery, eyewear and more.

Costume designers design costumes for the performing arts and for motion picture and television productions. They research the styles worn during the period in which the performance takes place, or they work with directors to select and create appropriate attire. They also must stay within the costume budget for the particular production.

Textile designers specialize in the design of fabrics and other textile products.

For some fashion designers, the first step in creating a new design is researching current fashion and making predictions about future trends using trend reports published by fashion industry trade groups. Other fashion designers create collections from inspirations they get from their regular surroundings, from the cultures they have experienced and places they have visited, or from various art media that inspire them.  If you are a fashion designer, where do you gain your inpsiration?

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