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What is Fashion Design Really?

By Jonathan Fast

In theory what is it?

The theory of fashion design is that you keep in mind what the consumer wants—both aesthetically and fiscally—while creating garments that express your artistic vision.

What is it used for?

Fashion design can be applied to a multitude of fields, however most schools train students on how to design, create and manage clothing and clothing companies. Students learn how to take a concept and translate it to a specific market, how to create such a 3 Dimensional Form and how to run a clothing business.

What does the major actually entail - work-wise?

Most curricula have three main components: Illustration, Concept, and Craft. In illustration you learn how to sketch and render clothing designs. In concepts you learn about different markets, who you're selling to and what the consumer wants to buy. In craft you learn how to make garments via sewing machines, thread and fabric among other supplies. In addition to this you'll study art history and business classes.

What kind of jobs do you get with it?

Anything clothing related. Fashion Designer, Tailor, Fashion Illustrator, Patternmaker, Sample Maker, Retail Owner, Boutique Owners, Seamstress. Just to name a few.

What are the fellow students like (personalitywise) in it?

Very, very driven. Competitive and cut throat. Passionate and amazing at what they do.

Common Misconceptions

That it's all about glamor. People come into Fashion Design and think that they can just sketch and not learn how to sew or learn about markets and consumers and that they will succeed. You have to learn to sew, illustrate and design or you will not succeed.
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Art & Design Department Major unemployment rate

_Art & Design DepartmentAll Majors
Unemployed%13%7
Minimum Wage%6%4
All Others%81%88
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in Art & Design Department?

Going Well%70
Not Going Well%30
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in Art & Design Department say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in Art & Design Department

Still in Field%56
Got out%44
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