FIDM Textile Production & Development students work closely with FIDM Industry Partner, Cotton Inc. as well as innovative textile mills and finishing labs. They graduate with hands-on skills in development and a deep knowledge of international trade, industry sustainability, and global production.
Become an expert in foreign customs and cultures. Conduct research and determine the best source of textiles and materials to create and manufacture a finished garment or product and where it will be produced.
Develop detailed specifications and costs for individual styles within a brand's seasonal line. Perfect the fabric choice, style details, fit and patterns for garments before starting production. Communicate with global suppliers and manufacturers on a daily basis.
Put it to the test. Oversee testing procedures and quality standards for new and current products during all phases of production, from receipt of raw materials through to the finished product. Coordinate with vendors and customers to determine quality standards for custom textiles and garments.
Learn from the best. Work with a Designer on all aspects of design. Associate Designers develop a strong esthetic and sketching ability for presentation boards. Also important: technical knowledge, communication skills, with textile and trim sourcing skills.
Add a special touch. Use your knowledge of textiles and trims to locate and purchase the latest trends from both domestic and global sources for a Designer's upcoming lines. Cultivate relationships with vendors and attend trade shows.
Maintain the flow of information between the Development Team and the production sources. Oversee product details, textile applications, fit, and patterns. Communicate with global suppliers and manufacturers on a daily basis.
Create an exclusive product line for a brand and monitor its production, from textiles to finished product, to assure those garments meet the company's expectations for brand integrity.
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