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A career in the fashion industry: Your guide to all options available out there

Are you updated with all the new trends? Do you have an eye for style? Do you wish to pursue your passion as your career? Do you want to earn some bucks out by giving fashion tips or designing gowns and dresses? Then fashion industry is the apt choice for you.

Many people today are attracted to pursue a career in fashion not just out of passion but also due to attractive income opportunities.

Naturally, a career in fashion is a glamorous idea. The industry is diverse with many different roles- a fashion job can be anything from running exotic photo shoots in far-flung corners of the world, to managing a trend-spotting blog in the fashion media.

Here’s a rundown of top ten fashion industry jobs:

Fashion designers

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This job is the one, which every budding fashion student wants to be and is one of the highest profile roles in the industry. Designers are the creative geniuses, who work on the designing of cloth and fashion ranges. Designers can work in any specialism, from jeweler to children’s wear to sportswear et al; there is a pool of options to choose from depending on one’s interests. Fashion designers work across a large number of settings, including retail brands, boutique labels and freelance.

Whatever job you choose to do as a fashion designer, you have to take note of these three important things

The design’s appeal to consumers/customers
Quality of your work
The focal point of design

You have to always equip yourself with fresh and new ideas since market and fashion trends constantly change.

Production management

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This is front line of fashion. Production managers are responsible for getting textiles and clothing made at the manufacturing level. They work with suppliers and retailers to make sure a quality production. The decisions made at the production level can have long-reaching economic implications. The job requires some business training and a fascination with how things are made.

Visual merchandiser

Visual merchandiser

 

They design in-store displays, including window, to promote the products or overall image of business. The job requires flair for color and design, creativity and attention to detail. It is perfect for those who like to make things pretty.

If you’ve ever walked past the window display of a big high-street retailer or an exhibition stand and drawn instantly towards it, then do appreciate the work of the visual merchandiser who’s done a great job. Some jobs in this field are display designers, store planners, mannequin stylists etc.

Fashion journalist

Fashion journalist

They write about all things fashion, ranging from product reviews and catwalk coverage through to interviews with up-and-coming designers. This could be for a magazine, a fashion feature for publication, a brand website or on a freelance basis. The journalist ought to have outstanding copywriting skills, creativity and excellent interpersonal skills. It’s advisable to have a blog before going out for this job; it will not only allow you to perfect your craft, but also helps to maintain online presence.

Marketing and PR

Marketing and PR

It’s their job to sell the business and its products. The job of this field is to analyze consumer tastes and show how a brand best fits into that consumers’ lifestyle. Fashion lines must get noticed through storytelling, and the implementation of advertising campaigns and public relation strategies. Some examples for marketing positions in the fashion industry are copywriters, media planners, publicists, event planners etc.

Fashion management

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It is that area which is found within both corporate and retail environments. Those involved in this field manage day-to-day operations of sales environments, as well as different corporate departments such as production, manufacturing and HR. Managers are responsible for supervising employees, whether it be sales or those within the production department of a fashion house. Some examples of this job are apparel production coordinator, HR managers etc.

Art and graphic design

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This field is overlapped within all sectors. For example, illustrator skills could be called upon for upcoming advertising campaign of a designer or maybe for a new website layout. This also holds true for a photographer, who might work on a campaign, look book as well as a magazine editorial shoot. This area includes positions such as art, animators, studio photographers etc.

 

Retail buyers

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Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets. Purchasing decisions for the company are based on customer demand, market and seasonal trends, store brand and budget. Buyers source new merchandise and review existing items to ensure products remain competitive. Keeping up to date with market trends and reacting to changes in demand are key elements of the role.

Fashion stylist


Fashion stylist
Fashion stylists coordinate outfits from an array of clothing and accessories. They require extensive knowledge of the fashion industry and a knack for matching your clients with the clothing that will support the image that they want to project. Choosing the right outfit that will flatter someone is an art. Good fashion stylists know how to accentuate the positive attributes of the people they dress.


Textile designer


Textile designer

Textile designers create tow-dimensional designs that can be used, often as a repeat design, in the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textile products. Day to day responsibilities include producing sketches, designs and presentations for customers; making up sets of sample designs, experimenting with color, fabric and texture etc.

So, whatever job you choose to do, do inculcate your passion and interest and get ready to show off the world your glamorous side.