Fashion designers create new styles of clothing for women, men and children of all ages. They may specialize in designing certain things such as, coats, suits, dresses, swimwear, sportswear, lingerie, casual separates etc. Other types of things that designers can be responsible for designing can include: uniforms, dance, exercise and sporting apparel, costume design and specialty apparel such as bridal or religious garments. A great majority of designers work for apparel manufacturers, designer licensees or pattern companies. They create and adapt fashions for mass production for these businesses. Some are employed by large department store chains or even by the entertainment industry. Some of the very few, elite designers work for exclusive specialty shops designing original garments and about one-third self-employed. .
Some of the things that designers do at their job are researching designs and developing and creating new, fresh designs. They also are very involved in the creation process, so they making patterns and samples while over seeing the production and staff that is working along side with them. They also must find the fabrics and trims that they want to use to make there designs. All the while, keeping track of the current fashions and trends that are appealing to the consumer that they are aiming their products at.
The requirements as far as schooling goes, in order to get into the fashion design field are as follows: an Associate's degree in fashion design is the minimum requirement; most employers prefer bachelor's degree especially with knowledge of fabrics, textiles and fashion trends. Right after a person gets out of school they will probably start off at entry level positions, for example can be a sample hand or a cutting assistant. Graduates school specifically gear toward fashion design will usually start in positions that are a little bit higher such as, assistant designer or assistant technical designer.