Top 10 Qualities of a Great Fashion Designer

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Fashion Designer

The fashion industry is exploding and everyone, it seems, is vying for a part in the action. To get ahead in the business and sit with the ranks of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, you as an aspiring designer should have some of the same qualities as the world’s top designers. Here are some of the qualities you'll need to succeed as a designer:

  1. Strong Business Sense
    A great fashion designer has excellent business skills. You understand budgets, marketing, and sales concepts that are vital to getting designs produced and sold.
  2. Good Communication
    A number of people are involved in the creation of a garment, and as designer, you must be able to effectively communicate to everyone involved what he or she expects.
  3. Sense of Competition
    You continually strive to do better than your peers to come up with quality innovative designs quickly.
  4. Highly Creative
    You have a great sense of style and are constantly coming up with new ideas for fashions.
  5. Strong Drawing Skills
    Excellent drawing skills mean you can easily sketch your ideas onto paper to start the production process.
  6. Good Eye for Materials
    You have an eye for the materials of a garment, as well as the elements that make it unique, such as color and fabric.
  7. Strong Sewing Skills
    You can construct the garments you design. You understand what materials work best in the designs you are developing.
  8. Team Player
    Great fashion designers work well as part of a team. Designing a garment for production involves the work of many, from pattern making to sewing to shipping. As designer, you must be able to work well with all involved.
  9. Knowledgeable of Current Fashion Trends
    You follows trends and have a good eye for anticipating what your audience will respond to next.
  10. Strong Visualization Abilities
    Good fashion designers can visualize a garment before ever putting an idea on paper. You can see the finished product well before production and can put your ideas into words and onto paper so others can grasp the idea as well.

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