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
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.
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.
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
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Learn about how to join the fashion business.
1) What is a clothing line?
2) How To Start a Clothing Line (Tips From 14 Fashion Pros) - written by Darren DeMatas
3) Learn more about the fashion business.
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.
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 inspiration?
Fashion design is an art form that deals with clothes and accessories.
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