Being a fashion designer is NOT your only job option if you want to work in the industry. In fact, there are a lot of other options out there...that are just as awesome (if not better).
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In this episode, we’ll go through 7 awesome fashion job opportunities. And don’t worry, we’re going to skip all the obvious ones you already know like buyer or retail store manager (which I hardly consider working “in fashion”, no offense).
These are super cool, super fun, career path fashion jobs where you work in the industry, inside a fashion brand.
I’ll also share a couple *really* good reasons these unknown jobs are *better* than being a designer.
Get ready for some good stuff (you know, the stuff no one talks about). It’s why I call it FASHION INDUSTRY SECRETS REVEALED.
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Heya! Nice to meet you, I’m Heidi. I teach fashion designers like you the real world skills you *actually* need to learn to succeed in this cutthroat industry.
(You know, all the stuff you don’t learn at fashion school.)
I’ve worked as a contract designer for over a decade and run SuccessfulFashionDesigner.com. I’ve been able to make a healthy living doing work I love in fashion.
But I got started just like you, one step at a time. It began with some embarrassing hand sewn dresses and fashion sketches that would make a 3-year-old’s artwork look like a masterpiece.
Then, things changed. I learned how design was done on a large scale. I learned how to get things into production. And I learned all the skills I wish I knew when I was first starting out.
Now, I dedicate most of my time teaching you all of that. This content is hard to find anywhere else (because in fashion, people keep secrets), so I decided to create it...and give most of it away for free.
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Hi Sew Heidi, I’m currently studying Fashion Design. I had a whole other career in my twenties but am going back to school in my 30s because I’ve always wanted to do something more creative. I’m taking a Fashion focused Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator class right now and I could see myself doing this as a job. Here are some questions I had for you: to be a CAD designer do I need hand drawing skills? Can I intern for a CAD designer? Are CAD designers freelance or full time jobs? Do I need to learn InDesign? How do I get a CAD designing job (for example, can I just make a portfolio of my work rather than getting a degree in Fashion Design)? Thank you! I appreciate your videos and guidance.
Apparently she doesn't know who you real front person really is. Its us in Production were the ones that actually make sure everything gets done. And us Production Manages deal with all the product development and sourcing.
A lot of companies don't use product developers and Sourcing specialists because us production managers do it. Production is the most stressful.
I work for a pretty big company.
We do private and licensed brands and my work load is hectic. We use have product developers, product managers and tech designers but some how my production coordinators and assistants ended up with the work load. But production we bring things to live and many don't know.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Denise, and while that can be the set up at some places, many companies do use product developers. There are many variables (company size, etc) and there are a hundred ways to organize a team. A title is just a title -- it's really the workload that defines the role 😉
I have my own company, which is in the startup phase, so naturally I am searching for funding opportunities. This is an amazing video with great insight, one my strong points is CAD design so I will be looking into jobs regarding that!
Hi Heidi. I'm getting ready to shoot a video to give practical advice to people trying to go for the fashion design jobs after 15 years there myself via NYC and London. I'm going to link this video to mine as I think this is an incredible REAL LIFE resource exposing aspiring fashionistas and "os" to what is possible in the industry. Awesome video!
Hi Heidi, I just watched your video and it was really informative. I'm actually an Interior Designer and I'm designing various products for retail. I've been and ID for 25 years (never went to college for it - go figure) and I've been researching everything imaginable to do with my latest venture and I thought your video was not only applicable, but really helpful. I'm at the ugh stage of finding the right manufacturer. I'm creating a tech pack for the latest manufacturer that I hope is the right one and I'll keep following you because I like your low key approach to supporting those of us in the industry. Looking forward to more from you, Allison
thank u heidi. this is awesome knowledge. im a technical designer. i create designs from inspirations in 2D. and then sew them myself into 3D. but its super cool because the 3D design looks exactly like the 2D. its super earning. my customers love me for that. they call being super unique. n to me its fun.
When I finished fashion school (2016), I looked into the different fashion jobs, simply because EVERYONE wants to do design and I don't want to design for a brand that's not my own. CAD designer, technical designer, product designer are my top options.
I used to do CAD for freelance and I'm going back to doing that soon.
After business school, I'm MOST likely going back to fashion school, for technical design since I really want to and need to understand the technical aspect of fashion.
in asia..almost 1 person usually does those 6-7 job mention. And it's almost a must requirement for a fashion designer /merchandiser job,that you know from designing the clothes,drawing illustrating, A.I , graphics/ cad,knows about technical pattern making (even you don't know much abt sewing) . Merchandising , budgeting, look for vendor \factory. Negotiate pricing, sourcing ,chasing the shipment date, q.c . Allocation of stock to shops. Visual and some times sales.Only done by 1 person . And if you are a senior designer, you have to forecast the next year trends ,colors and seasons collection directions.And they paid quite low.
Each of the job roles can depend on the size of the company - at smaller companies you will have more responsibilities. And in general, you are worked really hard in the fashion industry since it is so competitive, meaning you will be required to wear a lot of hats! I suggest only going into this career if you *really* love it and want to work hard :)
Yeah, maybe much more satisfying and worth it, considering the competition. Some of them are creative as well, like cad designer (like you said it's between fashion, graphic and technical) and visual merchandiser/stylist or merchandising.
Awasome video! ;)
Thank you Heidi!
I graduated from FIT with Fashion & Graphic Design degrees. I also majored in Surface Design. I didn't want a fashion design job because it started out at $25k & I have children. I became a CAD/Textile Designer & started at $65k. Best decision ever. I still get to draw & design pretty things & go to the shows. I love it!
What you're referencing could be called a few different things...but the best arrangement I see for you would be freelancing :) Have you checked out my (free) book on that? https://successfulfashiondesigner.com/free-ug-fashion-freelancer/
I've looked into manufacturing companies, but I am not positive that is the way to go. I visioned my sketch designs like a songwriter who does not sing, but gives his songs to different artists for them to sing.That is what I see myself doing, I do not sew, I just wolud like to sell my designs to different companies. If that makes sense to you.
I am a product developer and I am very boring because I am a more creative type. Although creativity may be applied to problem solving, I prefer using my creativity in choosing or developing artwork, deciding on fabrics or in styles. It is a great responsability and it is way hard work. If you are in the right company and developing the right product, it could be really great fun. Classic and casual menswear developing is such a pain.... oh well maybe it was just a bad day!
Hey world! Design is really not sexy or glamorous. It’s a TON of work and pretty thankless. I did CAD for a while and I truly prefer it to bring a designer. I just listen to music, YouTube videos or Netflix shows (either splitting the screen or using two monitors or watching ie. listening to videos) and working, the day flies by and I made a really good salary as a CAD artist.