Fashion designing is a profitable business if you have the ability, talent, panache and the flair for it. It is not an easy job and designers should be a lot creative and innovative. He/she must be able to conceptualize fashion and produce garments that can become trends.
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The two most common types in fashion are 'Prêt-a Porter,' and 'Haute Couture.' Haute Couture are hi-fashion garments which are 'one-of-its-kind,' and typically meant for the upper class. Pret -a-Porter are ready to wear garments that are produced in bulk. They are further divided into casual wear, evening wear, party wear, swim wear, sports wear, maternity wear etc. The designers can specialize in any one area, by creating a niche for themselves. They can work with any established designers or work as freelancers. They can also work in export houses, buying houses or publications for more guidance on the subject.
There are designers who have made a mark in the field of fashion without any formal training or degree. But, in these days of high fashion having a formal education in designing can take you a long way, especially when you are looking for job. Once you're done with your education, create a good portfolio. A portfolio says a lot about the designer's skills and his/her expertise in the field. It has to reflect the designer's artistic capacity and skill.
Do a lot of networking with other established designers models, photographers, agents etc. Grab the slightest opportunity that come by your way. Once you've made your mark, you can then be choosy about your assignments. The key is to build your name as much as possible. Read magazines and watch programs related to your field. Keep yourself updated on the latest trends and happenings of the industry. Create a website or start a blog of your own to make your collection visible to the whole world.
Among all the careers that exist is the fashion industry, a fashion designer's is the most significant one. Everybody will have to be connected to the designer in some way or the other. It's that beneficial!