- Highly Creative & Artistic:
All fashion begins with a creative eye and artistic talent. From start to finish it is the artistic talent and expression that brings raw materials into becoming a beautiful finished product.
- Strong Drawing Skills:
For designers one of the most crucial skills to possess is strong drawing skills. A designer must be able to take a concept and get it down on paper.
- Good Eye for Detail:
When designing fashion it is imperative for designers to be able to come up with a basic drawing and then be able to follow through with the detail. It is often the detail that makes a product unique so this skill cannot be overlooked even if the designer beats the competition in visualizing and drawing.
- An understanding of texture, color, and quality of fabric:
Design involves a good sense of texture, color, and fabric in order to make it unique and desirable. It is these differences that make a design stand out.
- Strong Visualization Skills:
Prior to the drawing phase, a good designer must have strong visualization skills in order to come up with a concept. Designers are able to get their ideas onto paper so that other team members will be able to visualize a concept prior to coming up with a finished product.
- Excellent Communication & Interpersonal Skills:
Designing footwear, clothing, and accessories takes a good deal of collaboration with other members of the team and requires strong people skills in order to get points across and be able to encourage a team to work well together.
- A Good Sense for Business:
A thorough understanding of the business world from finance to sales and marketing is essential to becoming successful in the world of fashion. Creativity is the essence of fashion but without an understanding of business, it will be difficult to sustain a business and make it profitable.
- A Competitive Spirit:
To create innovative designs a competitive spirit is necessary to ensure you don’t lag behind the competition. A thorough understanding of the economic market and the fashion industry will help keep ideas fresh and encourage creative new ideas when designing.
- Ability to Work Well with a Team
Many people go into creating new designs and keeping the company moving in the right direction. A strong sense of collaboration and comraderie between departments is what keeps the creativity moving which also contributes to the overall success of the company.
- Knowledge & Interest in Current Fashion Trends:
Keeping up with the fashion world is essential in order to better understand what other designers are doing and what current customers are buying.