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Module 1: Introduction to Fashion Design

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In this topic you will delve into what fashion designing is all about and the expectations and skills required to make it into one of the many career pathways in this sought after industry. You will discuss who invented fashion and where it all began. 
What is Fashion Design?
The concept of design in any arena is the act of taking an idea, concept, or drawing and using it to produce or build materials that have never before been created. 
Fashion design utilises the same concepts and ideas to create clothing and accessories for everyday wear.
Who Invented It?
Before fashion design was invented as a career, clothing was fashioned by a local seamstress or an anonymous dressmaker. 
During that time in the 19th century, fashion standards were copied from royalty. 
Then, a local seamster, by the name of Charles Frederick Worth, came along and changed fashion standards altogether.
This course will explore the history of fashion in a future module at length, but it is important to note that Charles Worth set up the first fashion house in Paris and became the first designer to dictate style and design to customers.
What Does a Fashion Designer Do?
If you are interested in a career in fashion design, you should possess a love for fashion and have a certain amount of creative ability.
Fashion design is a broad career with many different sub-careers, so, a fully trained designer can choose to enter into a variety of specialities.
Regardless of the speciality, each fashion designer performs the following essential functions:

Researches fashion trends and makes predictions
 Visits manufacturers or trade shows to acquire samples of fabrics 
Creates storyboards using sketches and designs 
Utilises computer-aided designs to bring visions to life
Makes technical patterns, sews, weaves, and knits
Selects colours
Works with models to help fit designs
Attends and arranges fashion shows 
Oversees the production of sample garments 
Modifies and approves completed garments

Fashion designers can work in a wide variety of settings, including retail stores, large fashion forms, or in costume design. 
Some areas of fashion can require long and unpredictable hours, which can vary the scope of the designer’s workload.
Examples of different settings and workloads:
A fashion designer working at a big design firm might be required to supervise the entire design process from beginning to end. 
Alternatively, a designer working in a single costume department would only be responsible for overseeing costume design for their department only.