Chinese Laundry, Monique Lhuillier, Mattel, Disney Resort, Guess?, G by Guess?, St. John Knits, Jones NY, Universal Studios, and JC Penney are just some of the companies that hire Advanced Study Fashion Design Graduates.
"We treat students in the Advanced Fashion Design program as if they are in the industry as working designers and developing a collection. There are many, many success stories from the graduates of this program. We're very proud"
- Mary Stephens, Director of FIDM's Fashion Design program
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.
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.
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.
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.