Lead Fashion Designer

Lead Fashion Designer

Lead designers are the designers most people think of when they hear the words "fashion industry."

The main responsibility of lead fashion designers is creative; they work up designs for individual pieces or entire lines of clothing, footwear, and accessories. This typically involves several generations of sketches or computer-aided drafts; consideration of color, texture, material, and shape when worn; and supervision of final patterning and construction.

Some lead designers aim to set trends (and, with skill and luck, they often do); others do their best to follow and capitalize on trends that are already established. Others simply design very beautiful, comfortable, and/or useful garments.

Their markets vary from department stores to boutiques, and specialty retailers to individuals willing to pay large amounts of money for custom-designed originals.

While some lead designers are self-employed or head their own labels, many others work for apparel manufacturers, designing fashions to be sold to the discriminating few through high-end catalogs or to the millions who shop at discount super-centers.

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