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Apparel Design

What is Apparel Design? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Apparel Design Program

What is Apparel Design?

According to the Apparel Design Program within the OSU College of Business, "Apparel Design and Product Development professionals design sportswear, suits, dresses, coats, accessories, and just about everything else that people wear. Designers research color and style trends to create concepts and sketches for fashions one to two years in advance of the market. Some create new garment styles while others adapt styles from a previous season.

"Pattern makers make designs a reality by working out proportions and exact details of style for production. Apparel design includes specializations in active sportswear, protective clothing for industry, functional apparel for people with physically challenging conditions and costuming for the theater."

Related Careers

Active Wear Designer Fashion Editor
Apparel Designer Fashion Illustrator
Apparel Production Manager Fashion Magazine Editorial Writer
Artist Fashion Photographer
Botique Owner Fashion Stylist
Brand Manager Fashion Writer
Buyer Functional Apparel Designer
CAD Applications Specialist Graphic Designer
Clothing Adviser Industrial Designer
Clothing Sociologist Licensing Coordinator
Color Theorist Makeup Designer
Color/Trend Forecaster Marketing Specialist
Commercial Artist Model
Computer Aided Design Specialist Pattern Designer/Maker
Contractor Product Developer/Manager
Cost/Production Manager Product Quality Assurance Engineer
Costume Designer Protective Industry Clothing Designer
Costume Shop Supervisor Public Relations/Publicist
Design Assistant Quality Assurance Specialist
Design Historian Retail Business Owner
Design Studio Manager Sales Manager
Distributer Sewer
Dressmaker Shoe Designer
Exhibition Designer Tailor
Fabric Analyst Technical Designer
Fabric/Trim Coordinator Textile Designer
Fashion Blogger Visual Merchandiser
Fashion Consultant Wardrobe Supervisor

Related Skills

Ability to Meet Deadlines Initiative Strong Computer/Technical Skills
Analytical Skills Leadership Skills Time Management Skills
Communication Skills (Oral, Written & Visual) Manufacturing & Textile Technology Comprehension Understanding of the Global Economy
Creative & Innovative Sewing Abilities Work Well with Others

Job & Internship Search Links

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Free Fashion Internships

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Fashion Jobs Central

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Apparel Search


Fashion Center

Fashion Career Center

Fashion Net




Professional Association Links

American Apparel and Footwear Association

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

Fashion Institute of Technology

International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives

The Textile Institute

Costume Society of America

Miscellaneous Links

Textile Web

Apparel News

Fashion Industry Directory

Fashion Windows

Women's Wear Daily

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