1. Fashion Designer
Fashion designers are involved from concept to finish in the development and production of clothing lines. While a few designers are able to work their way up in the industry through on the job experience, these days a bachelor's degree is typically the minimum requirement for this position. Designers must have an in depth knowledge of fashion design concepts, sewing, apparel design and garment construction, and be familiar with the different types of textiles and industry trends. Most designers are specialists. They may specialize in women's apparel, children's clothing, or men's wear.
2. Textile Designer
A textile designer creates fabrics by choosing materials and yarns and designing weavings and finishing or imagines motifs and patterns with a matching color range to be reproduced on printed fabrics. Creative skills as well as strong technical knowledge of textiles are required.
3. Pattern Maker
A pattern maker must be able to convert the designer's idea into a 3-dimensional shape. He or she is the link between design and production. He or she makes sample garments including the technical and practical requirements concerning its construction. He or she must excel in either pattern making or draping and be skilled with computer assisted drafting. The pattern drafter also takes responsibility for production through the fittings, final alterations and collection production follow-up.
4. Fashion Merchandiser
Many aspiring fashion design students and aspiring designers end up migrating to a career in fashion merchandising. Merchandisers are typically upper-management and high level executives in apparel manufacturing who are responsible for determining which clothing lines, fashion and/or accessories a manufacturer should produce. They plan, research, and determine which fashion trends a company should pursue.
5. Textile Buyer
A textile buyer manages the supply of various materials used in creating garments. In collaboration with the product manager and fashion designer, he or she places fabric orders necessary for completion of collections and follow the orders delivery. The textile buyer needs good knowledge of fabrics and the technical aspects of production, along with good organization and negotiation skills.
6. Product Manager
A product manager has an important role within the different sectors of the textile apparel network. He or she must define, manufacture and sell garment lines to buyers. He or she watches over the commercial performance of his products and is responsible for their profitability.
7. Production Manager
A production manager must determine production objectives (cost, quality, quantity) and is responsible for the production of a garment or line of garments. To be a production manager, strong management skills and knowledge of manufacturing and logistics are necessary.
8. Design Director
A design director's main duty is to oversee color, trends, and fabric direction for all product lines. They also manage design teams, supervise the manufacturing process and support marketing endeavors. Job duties include market analysis, trend analysis, predicting future demand, production support and building fabric stories.
9. Fashion Director
Fashion directors are responsible for having an intimate knowledge of various market trends and using this knowledge to develop effective marketing and branding strategies, and navigating market trends. Fashion directors do a fair amount of traveling and are required to attend the industry's top shows in Paris, London, Milan, and New York. Fashion directors must be able forecast fashion trends, have strong communication skills, and be experts in design and color. They also develop fashion messaging strategies and manage buying teams.
10. Visual Merchandising Director
Visual merchandising directors work in retail and wholesale sectors of the fashion industry promoting products, services and image. They dress manikins, develop visually appealing fashion displays, and organize special events to promote brand awareness. They also supervise design and concept production, oversee idea presentation, and manage budgets. They must be experts in color and design, have the ability to manage budgets and be highly creative.
11. Fashion Editor
Fashion editors oversee the creation, development and presentation of content for fashion related magazines and publications. They're also responsible for putting together photo shoots, managing teams, staying abreast of industry trends, choosing looks to feature, curating photography and deciding what should be published - and what shouldn't. They must have exceptional writing skills, be experts in fashion and photography, and have good interpersonal communication skills.
12. Retail Network Manager
A retail and network manager focuses on driving sales and maximizing profitability. He or she needs to be able to manage, develop and motivate a sales team, while still devising strategies to assist in achieving targets.
13. Brand Manager
A brand manager will plan, develop and direct the marketing for their particular brand or product. He or she will monitor market trends and advertising activities, their aim is to create a lasting good impression for their brand.
This industry offers plenty of opportunities for talented hard working and enthusiastic people. Prospects for fashion design graduates are pretty good thanks to the huge and still growing demand for “designer wear” and the equally outsized quantity of exports.
After successful completion of the course, you can remain self-employed. Alternatively, several export houses, garment store chains, textile mills, leather companies, boutiques, fashion show organizers, jewelry houses and media houses recruit professionals interested in a career in fashion designing.