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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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