From Fashion Design and Visual Communications to Apparel Industry Management and Merchandise Product Development, FIDM offers a variety of creative majors and degrees to prepare you for the exciting fashion industry. Our curriculum has been developed, and is continually updated, to reflect the needs of the industry. Ready to learn more? Here's a list of fashion careers:
Accessories Designer: Complete the look. Design hats, scarves, gloves, socks, leg warmers, and other stylish knits. Accessory Designers are needed at major fashion labels as well as large or specialty boutiques.
Apparel Business Owner: Create your own clothing line. Own and operate a clothing line or related business and oversee every aspect of the company from the vision to marketing and production.
Buyer: Shop for the latest trends. As a fashion merchandise buyer, work closely with Planners and Allocators, Store Managers, and staff to select the merchandise sold in stores. Stay on the cutting edge of current and future trends by shopping the market and traveling to trade shows all over the world.
Costume Designer: Tell the story. Design and select all costumes worn in the production and collaborate with the creative team to achieve the overall look. The Costume Designer finds the best solutions to tell the story and define the characters while staying on budget.
Fashion Stylist: Show off your sense of style. Coordinate the clothes, jewelry, and accessories used in fashion photography and catwalk presentations. Work with individual clients to design a coordinated wardrobe, including looks for the Red Carpet.
Footwear Designer: Create fashion that puts feet first. Design original footwear for a company or your own label. Work with materials, trims, styling details, and heel height and shape. Travel to the hottest markets to research trends, attend trade shows, and find inspiration. This job requires creativity and a keen eye for color and texture.
Head Designer: Be a leader. Oversee a design team and assure that all production tasks are completed. Responsible for improving the production process, educating a team about trends, and maintaining effective communication between the team and other members of the process.
Merchandise Planner/Allocator: Make fashion your business. Use strong computer, math, and problem-solving skills to support a company's objectives, identify store trends, develop financial plans, and forecast future merchandise needs.
Senior Patternmaker: Turn an idea into a reality. Responsible for creating and developing patterns for the designer’s line. Conceptualize an idea, whether it is your idea or the designer’s, and then see out the job from sketch to sewn product.
Senior Production Manager: Keep everyone on track. Manage the process from start to finish, concept to sales, and distribution. Have a vast knowledge of what is expected from each person on the team to ensure a smooth process, an obvious interest in fashion, strong business skills (which includes math), be analytical and work well under deadlines.
Showroom Manager: Display designer collections. Organize collections, show the line to Buyers, and handle various retail accounts. Manage costs and make sure the operation is profitable.
Technical Designer: Find creative solutions. Determine the most efficient method of producing a garment to fit a particular market and price point. This creative problem-solver must develop strong pattern making skills.
Textile Designer: Live in a material world. Create textile designs for a variety of apparel and interiors markets, including printed, woven and knit fabrics. A Textile Designer can be a Print Designer, Embroidery or Yarn Dye Designer.
Trend Analyst: Impact fashion's future. Shop for and research the latest trends and analyze their influence on future markets. Provide forward direction on color, style, and fabric to the Merchandising Team. Watch the upcoming trends you've discovered as they are integrated into new product lines.
Trend Forecaster: Predict the future. Be the go-to person and main resource for style alerts, seasonal predictions, and up-and-coming designers. Good forecasters are aware of current trends and declining trends by paying close attention to fashion outlets such as the movie and music industry, magazines, blogs, and runway. You’ll hone your creative skills to brainstorm new patterns, textures, and themes.
Visual Stylist: Create a stunning shopping environment. Choose clothes, accessories, and props to dress mannequins and create unique visual displays for retail store windows and departments.
There are even more exciting careers in the fashion industry than the ones listed above! Take Learn more about FIDM Majors and fashion careers here.
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