Fashion Technologies

So, you think you might want a career in Fashion Technologies?

Do you have a passion for fashion? The rush of designing, selecting fabrics and sewing your own creation? Maybe a career in Fashion Technologies is for you.

Job Description

The skills required to work in the clothing and textile industry can lead to various careers in the fashion sector, which also encompasses apparel production, manufacturing, management, marketing and sales. Apparel production is a very exacting profession that requires a great deal of creativity. It involves measuring, tracing, cutting, sewing, fitting, adjusting and finishing. These steps are taken according to the specifications provided. Dressmakers can also create their own designs and sketch patterns for garments that are tailor-made for specific clients or sold off the rack in retail stores.

Computers have transformed the clothing design/production industry. Compared to traditional methods, computer-aided design (CAD) is generally quicker and more precise. It makes it easier for designers to create variations of the same pattern. Knowledge of fashion marketing principles helps designers to market their creations.

Traits & Talents

If you are interested in fashion, creative, artistically gifted and someone who likes to work with people, you might enjoy a career in this field. As a dressmaker, you must be able to follow instructions and patterns carefully. As you will have to take into account client specifications, you will have to be flexible and meticulous. Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and good eyesight are also needed for carrying out the precision work that apparel production entails. Dressmakers must also possess written and oral communication skills, which are essential in dealing with clients and working with co-workers because they are often asked to understand and visualize a written or verbal description of the garment they are to make.

The Workplace

The fashion industry offers a variety of careers, from which you can make a selection based on your interests. Jobs related to apparel production are available in the manufacturing and service sectors, including the clothing and knitwear industry and the retail sector. Some shops require dressmaking services for some or all of its apparel production work. In department stores, many employees are often assigned specific tasks. Workstations are usually well-lit and pleasant settings, where the faint humming of sewing machines can be heard. While the hours depend on the position, dressmakers gain recognition, promotions and good salaries through many hours of commitment and effort. The apparel production industry is constantly changing and each season offers its share of brand new products.

Salary & Job Information
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For more information on how much Fashion Technologists & Technicians make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

Get trained

Completion of secondary school may be required. Other training or requirements may include:

  • completion of college or other courses in tailoring, dressmaking, fashion design or costuming,
  • on-the-job training
  • a demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit men’s or women’s garments.

Furriery requires several years of experience in selecting pelts and making, fitting, styling and altering fur garments and accessories.

Millinery requires a demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit hats and caps, and alteration requires a demonstrated ability to sew, alter and repair garments.

Alterationists require an ability to sew, alter and repair garments.

  Find out which post-secondary institutions offer training.