There are two schools of thought on the qualities needed to become a fashion designer. One school of thought believes that an eye for fashion is inborn and God gifted and cannot be acquired through practice and perseverance. The other school of thought on the other hand believes that it is hard work and perseverance that can make a fashion designer out of a kid.
However, a look at the successful fashion designers of the world would confirm that it is a blend of talent and hard work that can make a successful fashion designer out of a kid.
So what are the qualities that make a successful fashion designer? Let us take a look at the principles and qualities:
First, a natural flair for design is a must, be it a design for men or design for women fashion. An aspiring fashion designer must have the basic acumen for mens fashion or women fashion. The fashion designer must be able to, on the top of the head, decide a design for any category whatsoever.
Second, an aspiring fashion designer needs to have a formal training. A diploma or a degree in a fashion institute of repute will just do fine. The fashion designer will be adequately trained on the various aspects of the business of fashion designing which are so critical. This will go on to make a complete fashion designer.
Third, an aspiring fashion designer must have an ideal blend of knowledge with the theoretical aspects of fashion design as well as the practical aspects of fashion design. Hence, the fashion designer will design fashion with a blend of theoretical knowledge and its ideal practical application. Such a combination goes on to make for a good fashion designer.
Fourth, an aspiring fashion designer must be good at making basic sketches. A basic sketch gives a good idea of how the design will finally like. Hence, a good fashion designer must be able to visualize in mind how the design will look like in the end and draw a sketch accordingly.
Fifth, good visualization skills for a fashion designer are a must. A good fashion designer must also have an eye for details. While designing the most intricate of the designs, an eye for detail is a critical quality that a fashion designer must possess. A good visualization serves as an inspiration and sets the objective for the final design.
Hence, a fashion designer must be equally good at mens fashion and women fashion. This profession is however, not a bed of roses, with high competition and a high failure and rejection rates, it is always a steep climb.