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What it takes to be a Super Successful Fashion Designer?

Imagine you’re a renowned Fashion Designer, just like Sabyasachi, JJ Valaya, or Manish Malhotra. Your label outfit is a prized possession for a shopper. Bollywood and even Hollywood celebrities vie for your designer creations. Your runway shows are success-prone. Fame and money are synonymic to your name and brand. Sounds like a dream?

No, it isn’t! Turn it into a beautiful reality by honing the below-mentioned skills and techniques. But first earn a degree or diploma of fashion designing, because it’s a prerequisite for all. Plus, it’ll be easier for you to get a placement or start your label. Now wondering what else makes a super-successful fashion designer? Scroll down to know the science behind it:


A fashion designer has to think out of the box. You have to be in the habit of coming up with something creative and classy all the time (or say most of the time). Creative thinking sets the designers apart. They have to push the envelope every time an idea is conceptualized. The unique cuts, patterns, and styles give way to a unique collection.

The sense of colours, textures, and styles

Designing requires a keen sense of colours, textures, and styles. It’s essential for you to understand which colours blend well. You need to know what kinds of fabric will good on different silhouettes. Whether cotton works well for an ensemble or silk is an ideal choice. They must know what sort of embellishment or embroideries look fascinating on a garment.

Sketching or Drawing Skills

God is in the details. To envision these details, you have to draw or sketch the outfit you’re conceptualizing. It’s this artistic skill that gives birth to your idea on paper. It helps in clarity for a designer and other stakeholders.  Strong drawing skills are essential for a fashion designer. Whether it’s lehengas, gowns, or anything, so whatever a designer is envisioning he has to draw then get it constructed.

Unconditional Love for Fashion

Do you drool when you see the latest collection launching on fashion runways? You have a penchant for neon and sparkles. Or nothing fashionable is bizarre for you. Sounds “So You”? Great! One day, you’ll be revered as one excellent fashion designer in the industry.

Solid Visualization Skills

An ingenious designer must have powerful visualization skills: the better your visualization skills, the better clarity for your production team and clients.

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The Job of a Fashion Designer be Like

Fashion designing is all about creativity. It’s one of the most glamorous jobs in the world and a coveted career in the fashion industry. A fashion designer conceptualizes and designs the fabric or fibre. He or she’s the one who accentuates the beauty of clothing. In India, you see an excellent line of fashion designers namely Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, and JJ Valaya. They’re the head honchos who’ve inspired tons of budding designers across the globe.

But before delving into the job of a fashion designer, know the different types of fashion designers. The most popular one is high street fashion; outfits are mass manufactured in this design process. Prêt-a-porter and haute couture are other kinds. So, the roles and responsibilities may depend on the designing you choose. Here’re some quintessential tasks that a designer does.

Creation or Visualisation of Idea

Fashion designers visualize the design of a cloth. They envision how fabric can be cut into an enchanting outfit. They think out of the box and discover unique patterns of the material. They also ensure that the products are being designed in keeping with the recent trends and needs of the customers.

Staying Updated About Fashion Trends

It’s inevitable for a designer to stay in touch with the recent fashion trends and clothing styles. They should be aware of the year’s Pantone colour along with the forms, cuts, silhouettes, patterns, and prints that are making waves on the runway. It’s considered a faux pas to design passé attires.

Developing Colour Story

They have an eye for colours. They blend the colours perfectly and know what contrasts will complement each other.  It’s their responsibility to make colour stories that go well with Autumn Winter or Spring Summer trends. In a nutshell, it’s their job to create striking ensembles simultaneously living up to the expectations of the clients.

Sketching Designs or Computer Aided Designing

Once the conceptualization is done, a designer sketches it for envisioning the final outfit. It’s okay if one doesn’t know sketching or drawing as computer-aided designing can also be done to figure out the detailing of an outfit.

Liaising with Sakes, Buying & Production Team

Last but not least; a designer keeps a regular touch with all the stakeholders. The day-to-day interaction extends from the buying and production team to customers. It helps in getting a clear picture of the price points, market, customer’s response, and many other essential elements.

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Fashion Designing Is Much More Than Garment Designing

Manish Malhotra, Marc Jacobs, Sabyasachi, and Alexandra McQueen are among the big shots that make fashion designing an exciting career choice for young ones. Yes, the art of creating a piece of fabric or fibre is glamorous. And yes researching and creating a textile is fun too! But it does take creativity and sometimes 24-hour slog to make a mark as a professional fashion designer or say a successful one.

Don’t live in an illusion that fashion designing is restricted to garment designing. It stretches from accessories, jewelry to footwear. Its realms spread out from womenswear to menswear, kidswear, and sportswear for both. When it comes to fashion designing of a garment, the art revolved around these areas:

  • High Street Fashion captures the mass manufacturing of garments. It is influenced by seasonal trends, buying manner, and runway shows. It’s mostly commercial. Media plays a vital role in a high street designer.
  • Prêt-à-porter or Ready-to-wear is all about creating ready to wear outfits or collection. It’s produced in fewer numbers.
  • Haute Couture is creating an exclusive clothing line for a runway show. It’s high-end fashion and requires attention to detail. At times, haute couture is personalized and designed for an individual client. The ensemble is tailored according to one’s body type.

It’s Not a Rocket Science

So are you cut out to be a fashion designer? Is creating artistic outfits in your blood? Can you sketch an idea on paper? Sounds easy? Well, you can be a great designer. But also, you got to be high on creativity and innovation. It’s essential for you to push the envelope whenever you design. You ought to have unconditional love for styles, colours, textures, and hell lot of hard work.  Add to this a pinch of determination, a dollop of interpersonal skills, and a few communication techniques, voila, there you have got a great designer at hand.

A fashion designer can always venture into entrepreneurship. Instead of working under someone, one can establish his label or company.  All a designer has to do is to plan; find an appropriate niche, and start working on it. Also, one should be adept with all the essential entrepreneurial skills such as in-depth knowledge of the fashion trends, market, customer-focused approach, and ability to take risks. If you’re determined, work hard, and persist, congratulations you’re now on the road to unparalleled success. Now you may call yourself an incredibly successful fashion entrepreneur.

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