Fashion and textile design

Fashion designers create clothes and accessories, such as footwear, gloves and bags, for all age groups. Textile designers create or decorate fabrics, using natural or manmade materials. Their products may be exclusive, limited edition items or mass-produced ranges.

They offer skills that reflect an understanding of human form, movement and emotions, combined with practical knowledge of material performance and production processes. Increasingly, designers use computer-aided design (CAD) to supplement their traditional skills of drawing and creating test pieces. Textile designers may also work with architects, interior designers and product designers as specialist consultants on the application and performance of materials.

Fashion and textile designers benefit businesses by creating clothing ranges that can increase sales, improve the company image, or broaden the company’s appeal to different sectors of the market.
Related disciplines Interior design, product/industrial design and architecture.