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12 Types of Fashion Designers in the Fashion Industry

If you’ve ever loved fashion and wanted to make a career out of it, the first thing that would have come to your mind would have been “becoming a fashion designer”.

Well, if you still wonder what is fashion designing and how many types of fashion designers exist, I will be taking you through the above mentioning the career opportunities and job roles in addition.

The key role of a fashion designer is to conceptualize garments, make designs around current trends for the world to see and wear. 

What Does Fashion Designers Do?

The core responsibility of a fashion designer is to design garment collections keeping in mind the upcoming and future trends.

They make sketches, illustrations, work on fabrics, prints, textures, and embellishment while also developing new textures and appliques.

Fashion designers work in different branches of apparel including menswear, womenswear, kids, lingerie, and loungewear while also including footwear and accessories.

Different types of Fashion Designers that exist!

Here is the list of different types of Fashion Designers who work in different categories in the fashion industry:

  1. Haute Couture Designers
  2. Pret-a-porter Designers
  3. Mass Market Designers
  4. Sportwear Designers
  5. Evening Wear Designers
  6. Fashion accessory Designers
  7. Footwear Designers
  8. Kidswear Designers
  9. Swimwear Designers
  10. Lingerie & Loungewear Designers
  11. Sustainable Fashion Designers
  12. Limited Edition

1. Haute Couture Designers

Haute Couture Designers

Haute Couture Designers mostly make customized exclusive designs for comparatively wealthier clients according to their events.

Most of the time, they have a limited clientele to cater to but are trained into making classic royal designs, hence dealing with high-profile clients.

They almost work as a personal designer and a stylist altogether for their clients.

2. Pret-a-porter Designers

Pret-a-porter Designers, also known as “Ready to wear” designers, mostly target apparel designs for a larger audience than Haute Couture.

While they do get innovative cuts and silhouettes and create a presentation for the wearer, the garments are designed in a way where all the customer requirements are being catered to without doing any alterations.

They have more customers than Haute Couture designers, much less than the mass market.

3. Mass Market Designers

Mass Market designers create designs for the mass, mostly sold in retail stores where there is much less exclusivity, outfits that are purposely made for daily wear.

They have various size ranges from small to extra-large of same designs, to cater more buyers.

4. Sportwear Designer

Sportwear Designer

Sportswear designers specialize in sportswear and athleisure wear, the difference is the major of the fabrics, innovations, and performance textiles they use in sportswear, based on sweat resistance, high intensity, workout outfits, shoes, etc. 

5. Evening Wear Designers

Evening Wear Designers

Evening Wear designers cater to design party outfits, ball gowns, tuxedos while they’re distinguished by men’s and women’s collections.

Customers especially wear these outfits for specific events and parties and sometimes get custom-made too.

6. Fashion Accessory Designers

Fashion Accessory Designers

Fashion accessories mostly refer to jewelry. Also known as Jewelry designers, they design neckpieces, bracelets, rings, earrings to name a few of the types.

They work under bigger Jewelry designer labels or mass brands that specialize in Jewelry design.

It can be one of the toughest jobs as a designer as it’s a mixture of technical knowledge and gemology.

7. Footwear Designers

Footwear Designer

Footwear Designers/ Shoe fashion designers as the name suggest design footwears that are also classified into different shoe types like formals, casuals, party, and athleisure wear (commonly called sportswear).

They collaborate with apparel designers with their collections that set symmetric to the outfits, customers can buy.

8. Kidswear Designers

Kidswear Designers

Kidswear designers specialize in garments, accessories, and shoe collections of kids of all ages.

When comes to making garments for children also requires specific performance textiles based on texture and softness.

As kids’ clothes are of different sizes, most of these items’ designs also come with lists of materials, fabrics, or other design choices designers can’t use hence need technical knowledge on that.

9. Swimwear Designers

Swimwear Designers

Swimwear designers specialize in designing bikinis, monokinis, swimsuits, swimming costumes, bathing costumes, swimming suits, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossie, to name a few elements.

The fabrics are specially sourced to make them relevant for water activities, diving, and surfing, sun-orientated activities, and underwater sports. 

10. Lingerie & Loungewear Designers

Lingerie & Loungewear Designers

Lingerie designers have one of the toughest jobs on the table. They design a variety of garments, from panties, thongs, and pajamas to bras, corsets, and nighties — both naughty and nice with every trend and market research being done, just as the apparel designers do.

A lingerie designer’s job is to balance “comfortable” and “practical” with “flattering” and “sexy”. How cool is that?

11. Sustainable Fashion Designers

Sustainable Fashion Designers

There are a variety of brands that focus on sustainability. Hence sustainable fashion designers make stylish apparel from eco-friendly, ethically sourced materials to create a collection as an attempt to raise awareness about the environment.

12. Limited Edition

 limited edition garment collection

Many mass audience brands come up with a limited edition garment collection that is comparatively exclusive to the rest of the collection by teaming up with known designers to bring their design aesthetics to their customers, hence can be counted under apparel/fashion designers too.

How does a Designer get paid?

Generally, a fashion designer starts a package of Rs 15,000 to Rs. 35,000 per month, depending on the brand and the opportunity in India while in the US, an average salary of a fashion designer is $74,410 per year or $6,200 per month. However, the fashion designer is never restricted to working with multiple clients, they also have varied travel opportunities.

5 Tips to Succeed As a Designer

Wondering how would you be successful as a designer? As creative fields are getting competitive day by day, here are the top 5 steps to succeed as a designer:

1. Get Education

2. Get an Internship

3. Create an Impressive Portfolio

4. Decide between a job or a business

5. Understand the business

1. Get Education

Getting the right education is one of the foremost priorities you must consider. A reputed fashion college not only provides the best of the education but also gives you enough exposure to explore.

They help you work on your core skills, the thought process, deep thinking skills, and philosophy and researching skills.

Related: Best Fashion Colleges around the World

2. Get an Internship

An internship gives you an insight into what the fashion business looks like and gives you enough time to brush your skills to be finally prepared for what comes next.

There are various companies that provide fashion internships to help students get hired. 

Technical knowledge of software, rendering, sketching, and sewing helps you provide a better quality of content that you need to brush your skills on while interning.

There are a lot of fashion apps that help you to build skills like styling etc.

3. Create an Impressive Portfolio

A portfolio consists of all the best work you’ve done so far, hence a fashion design portfolio should be as impressive as it should as it will help you get the best jobs later.

Wondering how to master the perfect portfolio?

Here’s how you can make your fashion portfolio on point!

4. Decide between a job or a business

After you’ve done your education and your internship, it’s finally the time when you need to decide on what you want to do afterward.

As a fashion designer, you can either start your business or get employed in fashion brands.

Most of the time, a fashion designer works full time. Either he/she works independently as a brand or works under a brand to design their clothes.

5. Understand the business

Understanding how the fashion industry works is the key aspect of being a fashion designer. Coming up with a collection, manufacturing, marketing, and sales comes as a part of duty if you choose to be a businessperson.

Fashion Designers are one of the rising domains in the fashion industry.

With the increasing influencer of local upcoming designers, it has become much easier to grow as a business person hence a lot of creative designers these days prefer to be sole business owners. 

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