Fashion Designer

Fashion Designers create women's, men's, and children's apparel. This might include sportswear, maternity wear, outerwear, underwear, formalwear, eyewear, and footwear. There are also Accessory Designers who design belts, scarves, hats, handbags, and hosiery.

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Priyadarshini Rao

PNR Clothing

24 years of industry experience

An extremely accomplished fashion designer and entrepreneur who has been managing and designing for her own luxury Prêt-à-Porter brand label.
An alumnus of the London School of Fashion, Priyadarshini has been the Head of Design at a popular brand in the past.

KEY SKILLS

  • Creative

  • Good visualisation skills

  • Great sense of colour

  • An eye for detail

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Communicating with a huge team to get your ideas executed

  • Good with business if you would want to create your own label

  • Keen in creating and observing trends

  • Creating designs by CAD and by hand

  • Making sure your designs can be mass produced if needed

  • Problem solving Ability to design within the price point

  • Good with styling and piecing things together

  • Multitasking and time management

  • Awareness of different fabrics

PROS

  • Flexibility

  • A good outlet for your creativity

  • You can work from your own studio

  • Creative liberty

  • You can build your own brand/label

  • Your work can be viewed all across the world at events

  • You can create new trends

  • Decent income which can increase overtime

  • You get to meet and work with new people

  • You get to travel for shows/events

CONS

  • You need to gain a significant amount of experience to make it to the top

  • Finding a job can be difficult in the start

  • Very competitive field

  • Takes time to build a brand

  • Income can be unpredictable if you start your own business

  • Tight schedules and late working hours

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Retail Buyer

  • Retail Manager

  • Stylist

  • Textile Designer

  • Acessory Designer

  • Personal Shopper

  • Good drawing skills

  • Creative

  • Interest in the fashion industry

  • You enjoy working with materials

  • Hardworking as the competition is immense

  • Resourceful

  • Interest in trends

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Interesting Facts about the career



  • Most of French fashion traditions were lost in the Revolution. Napoleon eventually brought the glamour of fashion back in 1804


  • The T-shirt is one of the most popular items of clothing in the world, and around two billion of them are sold every single year.


  • Up until the beginning of the 19th century, models were not used to showcase clothes. Fashion companies would use dolls instead.

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