The fashion school, most of your time was spent learning to create diagrams fashion, draping, sewing, and flat pattern making. While these are good skills to have, they are not very practical when you’re trying to land their first job in the fashion industry. In the real world you will be expected to know how to create computerized flat sketches, develop specific dish, Cads and presentation boards. And I know some of you are thinking “But I learned things in school too!” I answer: You think you know, but you have no idea! Take it from experience: fashion schools focus on the skills nearly enough to fully prepare you for your first design position. In this article I will discuss each skill and its importance in the fashion industry
Draping and Pattern Making -. Low Importance
Although the pattern making and draping skills are important, they usually only come in handy when you deal with a lot of seizures. However, the attachment usually made by technical teams design so if you got in fashion for creative reasons, you will most likely be miserable in this type of situation. On the creative side of design, all you need is a basic understanding of what creates a good fit, and how to fix a bad one. In most parts of the design, hands-on pattern making skills are not needed, unless you are planning to enter the Project Runway
Sewing – Low Importance
On the creative side of design, sewing is not be relevant. Yes, it is good to understand the general concepts of garment construction, but you do not have to be a great seamstress. In practice, if you need to know how a certain dish is constructed, there are tons of references available: from clothing shops, the “how to” books and online articles. What I’m trying to make is if you’re sewing skills leave something to be desired, do not stress over it
Picture – Almost Excessive
Sorry. Fashion images are dying art in the industry – they are hardly used by designers in the real world. Fashion illustration has been replaced by computer drawn stylized technical drawings (float) or specific technical apartments, which are faster to sketch and much more practical. Not only do they present a clear representation of the design concept, but they are a must have for production. Houses can be turned into Cads and can be used in mood / presentation boards. Fashion schools have not followed this shift and are still focused more on the images, and not enough on the flat sketch
Computer Programs -. Must Know
I can not stress enough the importance of knowing common computer applications to create good, apartments and Cads. Most companies expect proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel where they are relatively affordable compared to more industry specific software. Unfortunately, coverage of Illustrator and Photoshop provided by fashion schools do not meet the actual demands of the fashion industry. Many companies are also asking knowledge WebPDM, so if your college offers courses in this program, it would be to your benefit to take it. If your school does not teach this program, finding a school or local offer this program and take it
Flat Sketching – Must Know
While interviewing candidates for the positions of design, we have seen portfolios applicants filled with beautiful illustrations and then say “It’s good, but you can flat sketch?” If the apartments are in their portfolios, they are usually basic, lacks important details, and are not visually appealing. If candidates drawings are halfway decent; My next question is “do you know Illustrator and Photoshop?” Almost everyone says yes, but it is usually far from the truth.
A lot of grads fashion school seriously believe that they know these programs well, but what you learned in school is not enough – fashion schools do not teach these skills well enough for entry level designers to be competent within the fashion industry. Schools just cover the basics, which are usually forgotten without practice. Take extra effort to practice and become comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and other applications beyond what schools teach :. Read books and take more courses (available in either the classroom or online settings)
Creating separate the copycat Industry – Must Know
Knowing how to separate (measure, detail) garment to create a garment information, or “special” is a fundamental skill. Many companies create a separate sheet of Excel. While the size of the dish and measurements vary from company to company, depending on different market segments and categories, if you know the principles, you will be able to quickly adapt to the standards of each company. You do not even have to know how to develop special from scratch!
As head designer, setting specific standards for business, I usually went to different stores, found garments with good fit and copied the key measurement. This is very common – in the fashion industry is a copycat industry-most Fashions hanging in the stores are knock-offs of other companies. Once, during a shopping trip in London, store salesperson that I was a fashion designer collect style ideas. He mentioned that his store was a constant flow of American design companies such as Calvin Klein, the designers come to KnockOff their products. That’s right – even the top designer brands using knockoffs for ready-to-wear collections. There are even official terminology: a “knockoff” is when the style is copied and “rub-off” is when the patterns are copied
Many schools fashion.! so that fit in New York (Fashion Institute of Technology) are important courses like “apartments and specs for the fashion industry,” but believe it or not, these courses not required by the curriculum! A practical courses that can be taken is “creatively presentation.” Salespeople use promotional much visual stimuli. In addition, they create a good impression and convey creativity level. If you can make excellent presentations you will be assigned to do them often, and believe me it’s more fun to do than make boards fit or send faxes and organize land
To sum up :. In order to get a job for the rest of the entry level fashion candidates, you have to focus on refining the skills that are highly demanded in the industry. Becoming proficient with a flat sketch, apartments in your portfolio, and be very comfortable and knowledgeable in Illustrator and Photoshop. Not only will you be ready with the skills you need to succeed in fashion, but to discuss how you went the extra mile to keep up with industry standards will certainly impress any prospective employer!
For your reference and use, we sent a lot of places flat sketches and Cads in JPEG and vector (Illustrator) format on DesignersNexus.com. If you can improve your skills to achieve the quality of the show, you will be in very good shape
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