Fashion Design

Are you a fashion trend follower? Are you drawn to how designers have pulled together fabrics and colors to create memorable pieces? Do you dream of designing your own line of clothing or accessories? Learn what it takes to get started in the fashion industry, from the careers available to new technology and trends reshaping the industry every day. Start creating!

 

Required Materials

Physical

  • art supplies, such as paper, pens, colored pencils, paints, tape, glue, scissors, poster board, and markers
  • sewing machine (can be electronic programmable, straight stitch, zigzag, or old-style machine; should have tension adjustment controls)
  • thread
  • fabric
  • pattern
  • pattern tools to mark on fabric, such as tailor’s chalk or pen with disappearing ink
  • needle and thread for hand sewing
  • measuring tape or yardstick
  • raw materials to either create or modify a garment or accessory, such as fabric, buttons, and other components
  • if necessary, methods to clean material, such as a dry-cleaning service, washing machine, detergent, or supplies for hand washing
  • if necessary, methods to press or iron material, such as an iron, ironing board, and possibly a pressing cloth

Software

  • word processing software
  • slide presentation software

Other

  • person who works in the fashion industry to interview

 

Optional

  • software that allows the creation of simple art projects, such as Photoshop or Canva
  • software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, or Procreate
  • notebook
  • phone camera or other digital camera
  • audio recording device
  • video recording device
  • images from magazines
  • index cards
  • computer printer
  • iron
  • light box
  • embroidery floss or yarn
  • print fashion magazines
  • calculator (can be a phone-based or web-based calculator rather than a separate device)
  • if necessary, methods to clean material, such as a dry-cleaning service, washing machine, detergent, or supplies for hand washing
  • if necessary, methods to press or iron material, such as an iron, ironing board, and possibly a pressing cloth
  • a portfolio case, binder, or other way to assemble and organize physical samples
  • a website or online portfolio account where you can create a digital portfolio