JOBS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

FASHION DESIGNER

A creative designer designs the lines and shapes, determines the appropriate colors and fabrics for a creation that is constantly renewed. He collaborates with technicians, sales managers and marketing specialists. He also analyses the targeted market taking into consideration production capacities and tools, while keeping informed of fashion trends. The fashion designer compiles, presents, supports a collection portfolio and participates in the presentation of the collection to the press and to buyers.
  • [1] Stands for “Brevet de Technicien Professionnel“, an intermediate professional Technician Diploma awarded to students who reached at least the third secondary school grade prior to their admission to ESMOD.

PATTERN DRAFTER

A true master of works, the pattern drafter makes the designer's idea into a 3 dimensional shape. He must ensure the link between the creation and the production. His work research consists of making the sample garments including the technical and practical requirements concerning the type of garment from the fabric to the season. The pattern drafter masters the creation through the fittings and final essential alterations. He is also responsible for the collection production follow-up.

DIRECTOR/RESS OF STYLE

Gives the artistic impulse and ensures the creation of the collection until presentation to the sales team. Directs and validates research of materials and collection thematic. He sets the image of the brand determines its visual identity and sets the directions for communication.

DIRECTOR/RESS OF COLLECTION

Defines the steps of collections development based on commercial and marketing studies, and manages the collection’s budget. He/she directs the creative and development in addition to workshops so that they meet the demands of the artistic or style management departments. He/she oversees all stages of prototyping through the presentation of collections to sales teams.

GROUP LEADER / DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Pilots a team of product managers within a given department, he / she acts as an equivalent of the direction of collection throughout the process leading to the prototyping of a collection.

PRODUCT MANAGER

Defines the construction of the collection plan based on market research, sales analysis, interpretation and monitoring of the competitive environment, and explains to the stylist the guidelines of the collection through product positioning and market developments. He/she also looks for suppliers and manufacturers and manages the manufacturing costs of a prototype.

ASSISTANT STYLIST

Assists the artistic director/designer in the creation of models, production of prototypes in addition to the preparation of all technical portfolios for the manufacture of prototypes.

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Responsible for manufacturing and monitoring of models production objectives in terms of cost, time and quantity, develops the production planning and defines the final cost price of the collection.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Works in tandem with the production manager on the preparation and submission of technical portfolios and prototypes to manufacturers. He/she receives and controls the first prototypes made ​​at the factory ensuring the compliance of the product.