Important Questions for Fashion Design Students

Important Questions for Fashion Design Students

Shubham Anil Jain
Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited
Bangalore, India


The term fashion describes the current persuading trends in a society and all over the world for example considering a particular way of dressing, lifestyle, pattern of though and the development and evolution of the arts. Basically fashion design is combination of science and art and when the art is considered it is a application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. The individuals who study about fashion design they are called fashion designers. So, become a fashion designer and get job in fashion design, fashion designer has to face different short questions. In this article, some of the important topics or questions are given for fashion design students and professionals, which are very important to become a fashion designer. In this article I will cover syllabus of bachelor degree on fashion design.

Questions for Fashion Design Students

List of Important Topics / Questions for Fashion Design Students:

A. Fashion and Design Concepts:

  1. What is meant by fashion?
  2. What is mean by design?
  3. What is mean by fashion design?
  4. What is mean by fashion cycle?
  5. What are various fashion theories?
  6. What are different fashion dresses?
  7. Which are various aspects of design?
  8. What is optical illusion and its role in fashion designing?
  9. What are elements of design?
  10. What are principles of design?
  11. What is silhouette and its types?
  12. Sources of colour, colour theory and colour schemes.
  13. What is mean by motif and pattern?
  14. Different types of pattern.
  15. What are art materials for fashion drawing and cad?

B. Fashion Illustration:

  1. Fashion illustration techniques
  2. Various fashion illustration software’s
  3. Fashion figure proportions
  4. How to do illustration from photographs?
  5. Drawing male and kids figure
  6. Difference between male and female figure
  7. Drawing various hairstyles
  8. Draping of folds on clothed figure
  9. Basic body movements and main types of fabric folds
  10. What are various rendering techniques?
  11. Rendering skin tones, hairs, fabric materials, accessories.
  12. Technical drawing: specs and flats

C. Fashion Design Process:

  1. Flowchart of fashion design process
  2. Client brief analysis
  3. What is innovation? What are its types?
  4. What are fashion movements?
  5. What are various fashion career opportunities?

D. Study of Design Details:

  1. Study of various types of necklines
  2. Study of various types of sleeves
  3. Study of various types of collars
  4. Study of various types of cuffs
  5. Study of various types of pockets
  6. Study of various types of skirts
  7. What are different body types?

E. Smart Dressing:

  1. Smart dressing tips for various body types
  2. Smart dressing according to occasion

F. Dress and Image:

  1. Dress as non-verbal communication
  2. Dress and image, gender and sexuality
  3. Dress in human interaction
  4. Dress in workplace, race, ethnicity and social class

G. Study of Historical and Latest Fashion:

  1. Study of various historical costumes
  2. Effect of world wars on fashion.
  3. Study of latest fashion designers: Indian, French, Italian and American
  4. Study of latest fashion: latest fashion based on age, sex and socio-economic status

H. Fashion Styling:

  1. What is fashion styling?
  2. Types of styling.
  3. Roles and responsibilities of fashion stylist.
  4. Skills required to become a successful stylist.

I. Fashion Forecasting:

  1. What is mean by fashion forecasting?
  2. Role and responsibilities of forecaster, steps in developing a forecast
  3. Fashion timetable and seasons
  4. Study of fashion colour names

J. Textile and Style Forecasting:

  1. Fashion in fibers and fabrics, sources of innovation in textile development, timing of innovation
  2. What are fashion show and fashion week’s?
  3. Types of fashion shows
  4. Study of different fashion capitals
  5. Importance of sales forecasting in context of product life cycle
  6. Projections made by various trend forecasting agencies like pantone, wgsn, colour marketing, design seeds, etc
  7. Decade-wise analysis of trends in colour, fabric, style, silhouette, etc. Based on
  8. Various factors like political, economic, environmental, social, etc

K. Fashion Retail and Management:

  1. Study of fashion communication
  2. Study of fashion journalism
  3. Study of fashion photography
  4. Study of visual merchandising
  5. Study of various fashion organization’s
  6. Study of fashion retailing
  7. Understanding of consumer buying behaviour
  8. Study of planning merchandise assortment and pricing
  9. Study of store management
  10. Understanding various trends in retailing
  11. What is mean by fashion leaders?

L. Pattern Engineering and Garment Construction:

  1. Definition of pattern engineering, roles and responsibilities of pattern maker, pattern making tools and importance
  2. Skills required for pattern making, details on the pattern and their importance & types of patterns
  3. Pattern making process in apparel industry
  4. Studying of size chart and measuring of sizes
  5. Drafting the basic pattern set – front, back, skirt and sleeve and testing of fitting of basic blocks & correction
  6. Dart related terminologies and its importance
  7. Types of dart manipulation
  8. Creating styles through dart manipulation
  9. Drafting and stitching of graduated dart and radiated dart
  10. Drafting of different types of pockets, cuff, placket, yoke, collar
  11. Study of various different garment closures
  12. Study of various export documentation
  13. Various factors which influence the fashion
  14. Study of style lines and drafting of different types of style lines
  15. Introduction to cowls and drafting of different types of cowls
  16. Study of fashion draping and terminologies
  17. Preparation of fabric for draping
  18. Elements of fabrics, principles and fitting methods
  19. Draping of basic bodies and other components
  20. Study of different types of kids wear
  21. Drafting of romper, a line frock, baba suit and other kids wear
  22. Various types of layouts used in apparel industry for different products, pattern laid rules
  23. Common method of layout for asymmetric design, stripes, checks and one way design for different products
  24. Techniques for stripes, checks and plaids matching
  25. Sop for dummy measurements and apparels
  26. Tech-pack for various products, principles involved in fitting for men’s wear and women’s wear
  27. Patterning, cutting, construction and economical layout for – shirt, trouser, short, salwar and kameez, blouse and intimate apparels
  28. Types of machines and layout for different apparels, operation breakdown, work aids and attachments
  29. Study of fabric consumption and thread consumption for various products

M. CAD/CAM for Apparels:

  1. Concepts of CAD / CAM. Abbreviations and symbols used in cad systems
  2. Advantages and application of cad/cam in garment manufacturing
  3. Manual vs cad systems. Computerized production pattern making – hardware and software selection for cad systems
  4. Computer aided manipulation of pattern pieces to create individual styles
  5. Concept of grading, digitizing and plotting
  6. Principles of computer graphics, types and application. Image processing and manipulation, resolution factor of image, study of pixels and its uses, importance of colours in computer graphics colour models
  7. 3D body scanners, imaging techniques for various designs
  8. Automatic pattern generation systems. 2d to 3d conversion technology
  9. Draping 2d patterns on 3d body forms
  10. Digitizing a pattern and grading of patterns
  11. Drape evaluation of 3d garment simulation
  12. 3D virtual clothing and simulation software
  13. Concept of cam – function and features.
  14. Computer controlled machinery for garment manufacturing

N. Apparel Merchandising:

  1. Different types of samples, sample approval procedure, sample review, pilot run, merchandiser’s role in product development
  2. Pre-production activities and its importance purchase order
  3. Bill of material, pricing terminologies
  4. Marketing definitions, key concepts of marketing, marketing evolution, marketing process
  5. Marketing mix, selling vs marketing, marketing environment
  6. Marketing research, marketing objectives and strategies, market segmentation
  7. Traditional and modern ways of promotion
  8. Merchandising terminologies, roles and responsibilities of merchandiser, skills required for good merchandiser, types of merchandisers
  9. Buying cycles and tools of merchandising
  10. Time and action plan, range planning, critical path
  11. Garment costing process
  12. Need for sourcing, resource planning – global sourcing strategies
  13. Supply chain and demand chain analysis
  14. Supply chain management and its importance
  15. Study of various lean tools
  16. Buying house –its function and role in garment industry

O. Garment Ornamentation:

  1. Definition, history of embroidery, general rules for hand embroidery
  2. Design transfer techniques
  3. Tools  required for hand embroidery,
  4. Selection of needle, threads, fabrics and colors for embroidery
  5. History of embroidery machine
  6. Advantages of embroidery machines
  7. Various types of needles, frames, bobbins, selection of frames to design, selection of needle thread and bobbin thread and suitable stitches for embroidery using computer
  8. Study of softwares used for embroideries
  9. Study of latest fashion trends
  10. Various new technologies related to fashion management

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Being a fashion designer allows you to enhance and show your creativity and aesthetic sensibilities in meaningful ways. One can illustrate beautiful designs that captivate and inspire others, which can be immensely satisfying. However, being a fashion designer also comes with some of the tough time. For example, it can be hard to keep up with industry trends or tackle up with competition from other designers. In addition, growing a successful fashion business requires a lot of time, effort, and dedication and firstly to become a successful fashion designer one should be equipped with the knowledge and fashion design information, command over all the topics / questions which are been shared in the article.

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