The fashion industry is a very huge one. It’s that huge, that it houses quite a number of very profitable career options for individuals enthusiastic about it. Although most of these career options aren’t very explored, it has proven to offer a lot of very redeemable goodies for those who have found the time to exploit it.
You see, there is the very traditional idea that for you to be very successful in the fashion industry, you have to be the Founder, Creative head, residing CEO or Designer of the fashion brand. It is therefore very imperative to be clear on the fact that practically anyone can make it to the top without being the core Founder of the Fashion label. All that’s necessary is your ability as an enthusiast of the industry to persistently commit to the success of the brand, through your individual input.
Although Vanity Teen has two written contents that selflessly provides guides that help you project yourself when seeking to be involved in the fashion industry (find them here and here), this article gives detailed analysis on how best to further groom a career path in the industry, as well as thrive in it.
So, here are three unexplored, yet profitable career paths in the fashion industry;
For most parts, Fashion textile and apparel designing could double as Fashion Illustration, with just a little bit of difference. Whilst Fashion Illustrators focus primarily on the final outcome and overall appearance of the produced garments, paying very attention to every detail, textile designers have their core focus on the fabrics with which the garments are made. This means that they decide on the theming, base colours, prints, geometric designs, and the general aesthetics shown on the garments.
Summarily, professional Fashion Illustrators may have to design fabrics on Croquis just to give the other design team an idea of what the finished garments should look like; while Textile Designers ensure that the inspiration with which the fabrics are designed are perfectly translated on physical prints.
Textile designers imbibe multiple processes to ensure that the essence of each project. These print and design processes vary from resist printing, relief printing, transfer printing, relief printing, and even digital printing. Design inks, tyes and dyes, and other elements of designs are used to carry out these processes.
Textile designers play a huge part in the fashion industry especially when working with designers because fabric choices are one of the many important elements used to convey a brand’s message and aesthetics, especially during the release of a collection.
Fashion merchants are very important people needed in the fashion industry. They play key and vital roles to ensure the smooth sail of every fashion brand.
Fashion merchandisers are individuals with proficiency in the selling and marketing of fashion items as they possess degrees in marketing, administrations, management, sales, and other related disciplines. They act as some sort of middleman between the brand and its consumers.
Fashion merchants have the ability to analyze and forecast fashion trends, accurately market and promote products, as well as discern prices of garments through thorough market research and analysis.
The goal of every fashion brand in business is to make sales, and that’s hardly ever possible without someone on the team who possess the required skills.
PR and Communications Personnel
No brand sells more or quickly goes out of stock without a great PR. This includes the use of social media marketing tools, reaching out to fashion and non-fashion magazines, hosting and attending events, as well as reaching out to prospective and established clients.
Every brand requires an individual with excellent communication prowess able to translate to the public, in words, the aesthetics and brain behind each of the pieces. Here, there are a list of departments a person could work under. A few of them includes;
- Customer Service Officer
- Social Media Manager
- Public Relations Officer
- Content Creators.
Making it or having a good and high paying job in the fashion and textile industry doesn’t necessarily require you to be a graduate majoring in the fashion. Having a degree in Journalism, Law or even Art doesn’t necessarily validate your success in any of the departments. All that’s necessary is having skills that are relevant to the positions you’re seeking to occupy.