7 Fantastic Careers in the Fashion Industry

Careers in the fashion industry are some of the most highly sought after, but there are far more options than many people realize. Working in fashion is the combination of creativity, practical skill, and social intuition. The clothes we wear express who we are, how we feel and can make a huge difference in the way we see ourselves as individuals. While being a fashion designer is the career most fashion-fans will think of and aspire to, the reality is that very few make a real success of this career after years of dedication and hard work. Luckily, there are several other routes into the fashion industry, and each can be just as exciting and possibly even more so as they offer much more varied challenges. 

Here are seven fantastic careers in the fashion industry to consider.

 

  • Designer

 

Becoming a fashion designer is a dream come true for many people, but it is not always the creative wonderland people assume it will be. When working with a commercial objective (whether it’s for your own brand or while working for a company), you will be required to create designs which suit industry trends. From lines and styles to colors and fabrics, a fashion designer needs to match their own artistry with what will sell and the restrictions of production. Of course, some designers manage to establish themselves as more independent trendsetters, but generally, most are freelancers who are hired to create garments which will sell.

To become a fashion designer, you will need to have an excellent understanding of fashion trends and history, knowledge of fabrics and other materials as well as modeling techniques. Creativity is also an absolute must, and you should be able to work in collaboration with stylists, product managers and pattern makers. There are several universities which offer fashion degrees and other certification programs. 

 

  • Stylist

 

A stylist is closely linked to a designer but is usually found within a company. By researching and analyzing fashion trends, a stylist creates a fashion collection. It includes drawing the designs to the inhouse style, presenting it to the product manager and then working with the pattern maker who will create the prototype. The fashion stylist will then work with the pattern maker to adjust the pattern until it is ready for mass production. The stylist may also be involved with the marketing campaign from the photography shoot and organizing fashion shows so that the theme of the collection is consistent. 

 

  • Pattern Maker

 

A pattern maker takes the designer’s vision and converts it into a 3D shape which can then be manufactured. They are the connection between design and the production process and will need to make samples and prototypes of garments to ensure all the necessary design requirements are met. Pattern makers are usually skilled in drawing, modeling, computer design and will also be responsible for assessing the finished product should any alterations be required. They also need to have an in-depth knowledge of fabrics, stitching techniques, and embellishments. 

 

  • Journalist

 

A fashion journalist is someone who writes and/or edits articles and blogs in order to promote or critique a particular brand or trend. It’s varied work which can either be done as an independent freelancer for third party fashion websites or magazines or by working for a company. The role involves a lot of research as well as meeting lots of new people regularly. 

 

  • PR Manager

 

The Public Relations or PR manager is sometimes referred to as a director of communications. While marketing can sit beneath this broader umbrella, marketing is more focused on advertising and sales while the PR manager is primarily concerned with the brand’s image and communications (both internal and external). 

The PR manager is often the spokesperson for the brand and the first point of contact for media inquiries. The PR manager will work with the marketing team to ensure any campaigns are in line with the brand’s values and image while being sensitive to any current political, social, or economic trends. A successful public relations manager is someone with a high level of media knowledge, a fantastic communicator, and someone who is both reactive and adaptable. 

 

  • Product or Supply Chain Manager 

 

A product manager in the fashion industry is essential when a brand is trying to ensure its products are in line with the market, the competition, and consumer demand. By collaborating with sales and the design departments, the product manager can manage the types of garments and the design themes which are produced. This includes working managing or overseeing the production process, supply chain management, sales analysis, and working with stores to ensure stock levels are appropriately managed and garments correctly displayed in each outlet. 

An effective project manager needs to have excellent soft skills, such as people management, teamwork, and communication, as well as having an authoritative presence, negotiation skills, and a talent for planning and logistics. To excel in this career, you may way want to consider studying for a masters in supply chain management to develop your skills in this area. 

 

  • Marketing

 

A fashion marketer may also be referred to as a brand manager, but essentially it is their job to maximize sales of the products by engaging with consumers across a range of channels and advertising platforms. A marketer needs to create a story and a personality for a brand which resonates with target customers. This could be via TV or radio commercials, social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook, printed catalogs, or email marketing, to name just a few. 

The marketing department (with technical IT development personnel) will also be responsible for the brand’s website to ensure its eCommerce functions and user experience are as effective as possible. This role requires a high level of creativity and the capacity to see market trends in order to create content which captures the imagination and persuades customers to purchase. A bachelor’s degree in marketing would be advantageous for someone looking to achieve the highest levels of management, but it is possible to secure an entry-level role and accrue the relevant experience that way. 

Essential Summer Viewing – Miss Marple

I have a new Summer viewing obsession. Summer television is notoriously a barren place when it comes to watchable, compulsive viewing, full of repeats, so I’ve decided to enjoy some of those repeats currently showing on ITV4. I am talking about Agatha Christie’s Marple, which you can indulge in at the weekend.

I must admit to never really being a fan of the Marple series when it was showing during the early part of the Millennium. But I was totally depriving myself of a real treat, as the series, with Miss Marple played by Geraldine McEwan, are glossy, glamorous and chocked full of famous turns. For a lover of Art Deco there is much to admire in the settings and costumes, and I just love the mixture of drama and humour. How did I miss this first time around?

At Bertram’s Hotel

Some of the stories are based on true Agatha Christie Marple novels, whilst others are from the cannon of Christie but didn’t originally feature Jane Marple. Geraldine McEwan is fabulous as Jane, a sweet little old lady who is as sharp as a tack and doesn’t miss a thing. She is ably supported by guest stars that include Richard E Grant, Kelly Brook, Polly Walker, Timothy Dalton, Saffron Burrows, Samantha Morton, Stephen Mangan, and Tallulah Riley, a veritable who’s who of British film and television, all relishing their roles and hamming up a hoot.

For someone with a love of vintage fashion, this is a total treat for the eye. The characters in Marple are never poor, unless they are in service, and so they are always beautifully dressed, in picture hats, 1950s style dresses and glamorous evening wear where they are also glittering in jewels. Just look at Emilia Fox in the image above, or Kelly Brook in the most incredible hat. Agatha Christie’s Marple is just the epitome of stylish television, which is always my kind of television.

If you are struggling to find something to watch over the Summer, check out Sky Plus and download some Marple. You certainly won’t regret it.

Choosing A Wedding Venue In South Wales

Your wedding day is, without doubt, the most important day of your life, and everything has to be just right, and this is most definitely true when it comes to choosing a venue. These days, a wedding venue is not merely limited to a church or a registry office, you can quite literally get married anywhere you choose, which makes your big day so much more special and personal to you, your interests and your taste.

But all this choice can also mean a lot more in the way of searching. You can look at lots of different venues online, moving from site to site, and then you will have to wait for them to send you a brochure, before moving onto the next one. There are lots of brilliant venues in South Wales, particularly in the Cardiff area, so if you are looking for wedding venues in Cardiff you can choose from hotels, concert halls, stately homes and country houses and even St Fagan’s Natural History Museum, a real stand out venue. But finding all the relevant information about each venue, along with the availability and cost can take a lot of time.

One way you can get around this is to use WeddingBooker.com. This is an easy to navigate and use site that has the biggest database of licenced wedding venues in the UK all in one place. The site can also help you to get prices & availability instantly and helps to put you in contact with the venue through their online query form which allows you to arrange viewings, ask relevant questions and look at your requirements and budget. You can do this for lots of venues at one time, thereby taking out the need to look at lots of different sites which can be both time consuming and soul destroying.

Looking for a venue can leave you bogged down, trying to think of all the different questions you need to ask. The great news when using a site like this is you can see all those important issues already answered, from the transport links for people travelling from further afield, to the sort of food available – sit down meals, buffets, and everything in between. There are also the kind of things that you may forget – does the venue have WiFi? Does it have an ethical stance on waste and litter? Are there any hidden costs that you have to remember and add to your budget?

If you are planning your big day in South Wales, you are lucky enough to have a whole array of stunning venues on your doorstep. Your only problem may be choosing just one!