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How to be successful Fashion Designer in 2020

Jobs in Fashion

Do you think Fashion Designer stitch? Or Fashion Designer make illustration using colors or computer? In 2018 every field is completely changed by Innovation Management and Internet Technology,  Fashion Designer’s work also changed around innovation and internet. Innovation in research methods has become primary work of Fashion Designers. Research about textile, design, comfort, usability, quality, manufacturing, retail, e commerce has become old topics. To be successful Fashion Designer, one must study to optimize the innovation process to disrupt the disruption caused by big global giants who are changing, challenging and shifting Fashion Designers into non – art but engineering skill workers. Data analysis, neuro maketing, anticipatory shipping, global supply chain, operation research, ad brainwashing etc has killed the market of natural designs born out of designers brain.

Are you ahead your time? IR (Industrial Revolution) has always changed the fashion. IR1 Stem Engine, It was shift from hand made to machine made textile; IR2 mass production, designer clothing become cheap and available to all; IR3 Computer, Use of CAD, CAM, CNC in designing and manufacturing of textile, pattern and Internet ecommerce, online selling.  There was a seismic moment in the late 1960s, when youth quaked and rebelled, and a dynamic young couturier named Yves Saint Laurent came up with a novel idea—ready-to-wear—that democratized fashion, broke down old class hierarchies, and made designer clothing accessible to all. Automotive mass production system from Ford and Toyota was mixed with creative fashion industry first time for lean manufacturing, line balancing, six sigma quality and just in time. Then fashion was influenced and mixed with mechanical engineering, In 1980 fashion was mixed with computer technologies such as CAD, CAM, Advance designing software and manufacturing technology.  BY 2010 internet taken over the fashion world and connected consumer demands were not limited to local fashion. As a result fashion designers has to observe and design as per global fashion trend even for local market. By 2020 AI, AR, Smart Textile, IOT, Intelegent Clothing, Carbon Fiber etc. become common as per current trend projection and the work of fashion designer will involve much more technology than just creativity. 

Due to Facebook, Google, Amazon, people only saw what they searched in past, this leads to boost mass production and kill innovation in Designers’ mind, art and illustration. People buy what they watch on Android or iOS phone. Dream dress, illustration, sketch, colors has become less in trends. The biggest challenge Fashion Designers face and solve both comes from Technology. If Technology is changing Fashion Designers work, the amalgamation of completely different field Technology is helping Fashion Designers to be successful.

In short, any Fashion Designer must practice and master any other unrelated field’s “Technology”. Fashion Designer can study about innovation in video blogging, Fashion influencer, social media selling, search engine optimization, data analysis, cognitive neuromarketing, storytelling, advertising, psychology survey, Forecasting & trend analysis and other process management. Only Stitching and sketching is not Fashion Designer’s work.

Similarly other technologies are changing fashion world and our education institutes play major role in this, While the creative part of the fashion designing is highly vital, the management skills that are changing as also necessary. Fashion Institutes not only help the future students to build skills but also enable them to have open prospect for the future technology change. 

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If you don’t know you know nothing about fashion enthusiasts in 2019

These are 10 most common burning global queries & doubts any fashion enthusiast, student or designer must know in 2019. We will explain each one by one. 

  1. How to become a fashion designer / How to be a fashion designer in 2019

  2. How to start a fashion blog / How to become a fashion blogger

  3. How to be fashionable in affordable cost 

  4. How to draw fashion sketches

  5. What to wear to a fashion show

  6. What is fashion merchandising

  7. How to become a fashion stylist

  8. How much money do fashion designers make

  9. Different types of job in fashion industry / what skills are required to be successful fashion designer in 2019

  10. Admission process for Top 10 fashion design schools in world in 2019


Expert Answers

  1. How to become a fashion designer / How to be a fashion designer

In 2018 there are so many fields within fashion designing and it is not restricted to illustration and stitching. MIFT students are graduated in ”Engineering, Arts, Commerce, Maths, Social Science, Psychology, Management and other subjects” and have better career in fashion industry than those who have done old fashioned fashion designing 4 year or 3 year degree.  MIFT 1 year fashion course students are working in fashion forecasting, ecommerce, data analysis, neuro-marketing, cognitive marketing, online boutique starting – SEO – service, Fashion Show management, movie stylist, ecommerce modelling, wardrobe makeup styling, fashion journalism, affiliate blogging, magazine editor, Photography, content marketing, ecommerce SEO etc. all these are focused on fashion field only. (Click for details)

  1. How to start a fashion blog / How to become a fashion blogger

If you have any skill from these two, you can just start fashion blogging but give some time to get readers feedback and increase followers. First – Fashion Skill: Pattern Cutting, Makeup, Hair styling, Stitching, textile science, merchandising, illustration, styling, fashion consulting, modelling etc. OR Second Blogging skills : creative writing, video editing, SEO, data analysis, photography, content writing, info-graphics, social media marketing, reader psychology, content trend analysis, viral headline analysis etc. It you are a software engineer & have expertise in fashion then Fashion Search Engine Optimization Blog will give you good earning.    

  1. How to be fashionable

As fast fashion is changing every month so without buying new dress daily just focus on accessories, mix and match, color combination etc. Make a small collection of different pattern of glasses, cap, scarf, shoes, bangle, earrings, purse, belt etc. Math and Match these different pattern, color and style of accessories with your daily wear common affordable dresses.  

  1. How to draw fashion sketches

Practice different types of lines initially. Only focus on lines. Initially don’t use colour. Practice the body’s center of gravity line. Sketch a large circle on top with a smaller circle below it for face and body. Using this measurement, draw nine small dashes equal distance apart, these marks are where the shoulders, bust, waist, high hip, and crotch are located, respectively. The shoulders on the woman fashion figure are 1 1/2 heads wide; the waist is a head’s width, while the hips should be about 1 1/4 heads wide. Practice with pencil only without colours.  

  1. What to wear to a fashion show

Leave the big gowns to the models in the runway, and go for something that communicates your personal style, and doesn’t make you look like you’re trying too hard. Start with your favorite pair of jeans – a skinny style for a fresh modern look or an always-appropriate boot-cut pair. A shift dress features an uncomplicated design, usually ends at or above the knees, and has a loose fit at the waist to give it a relaxed feel. Do break the ice and introduce yourself to attendees seated around you.

  1. What is fashion merchandising?

E commerce merchandising is hot field, the basic responsibility involve forecasting, trend analysis, data analysis, consumer psychology, neuromarketing, cognitive and hyper personal marketing etc. If you are working in retail then managing sales, marketing, manufacturing and logistics will be primary work, coordinating between these verticals and bridging gap between customer to designer through sales personal, marketing efforts, product availability, transportation time, manufacturing time, financial planning etc.(click for details)  

  1. How to become a fashion stylist

There are more than 20 different types of profile for fashion stylists. Which one you want? Just focus on one. Movie styling, hairstyling, ecommerce styling, product styling etc. of course there are some similarities however there primary money making model is different than other. Amazon has millions of products and thousands of model wear them, someone is doing styling and someone photography. Similarly so many fashion magazine, online portals and video blogs where video of how to do styling, makeup, hairdo etc. are recorded, you can do that. Movies wardrobe styling is managing thousands of costumes cost (finance) and project movie theme such as pirates of Caribbean, Game of Thrones, Avengers, and Titanic etc.(Click for details)

  1. How much do fashion designers make?

Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce Gabbana, Garavani these are name of fashion designers, so “How much do fashion designers make” is wrong question. These fashion designers created global industry and provide jobs to thousands of people on earth from west to east.  Do you know that mostly in global top 20 fashion brands are name of person or started by fashion designers? World richest man – “owner of Zara” was stitching shirts in tiny boutique for roughly 10 years. There is no upper or lower limit and the money earn depend upon profile. How many social media follower the independent designers have? OR in which global brand the design work at what position?  If the designer is freelancer then fame is very important. In industry, if designer designed products are selling in huge number then salary is no limit.  

  1. Different types of job in fashion industry

If you have required amalgamation art (BA), science (BSc) and commerce (BCom) skills, you can apply for highly paying following jobs in fashion industry.(click for details)

  1. Admission process for Top 10 fashion design school in world in 2019

About Author

MIFT ( Mysore Institute of Fashion Technology) students, trainee and scholars study and research about fashion, makeup, forecasting, e commerce, disruptive technologies in fashion & cosmetics industry. The primary research objective is to create open industry modular ecosystem platform for fashion designers and makeup artists to work and earn in hyper personal and local market using IR 4 and 5 ( industrial revolution) technologies to disrupt connected digitalization of mass production.