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I have an interest in fashion design and what to know how technology is changing the field of fashion and product design?

I looking at several fashion programs (fashion institutes and public universities). I want to be sure that I will be exposed to technology that is used in fashion industry. #fashion #fashion-design #apparel-and-fashion

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Hi Avery, I'm so excited to hear that you have an interest in fashion design and tech. I would suggest that you start following some blogs/websites and reading some articles about wearables. Here are just a few resources to get you started: https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/fashion-tech http://www.cnbc.com/2013/06/28/Future-Fashion:-10-Wearable-Tech-Trends-to-Watch.html http://www.thesnugg.com/The-Combination-of-Fashion-and-Technology-Past-Present-and-Future.aspx http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelarthur/2016/06/30/the-future-of-fashion-10-wearable-tech-brands-you-need-to-know/#6487eb584852

Last updated Dec 23 '16 at 15:01

Hi Avery, this is a great question! If you are planning to pursue a career in fashion design, then would suggest you learn how to use CAD applications such as Adobe Illustrator; Photoshop and InDesign may also be useful applications to know. As well as Adobe Illustrator, then you want to learn how to use patternmaking and grading software...most design schools have partnerships with companies that provide this type of software...so look at programs that have partnerships with either Gerber and/or Lectra so you can gain maximum exposure to these tools. Finally, PLM may be useful as many designers have to add their designs and/or help create tech packs using PLM. PLM stands for Product Lifecycle Management and is primarily used by product developers and managers, but designers and technical designers are often expected to input data into the system. As useful as technology is...nothing can replace knowing how to create designs without the use of technology...so be sure your program will teach you fashion illustration as well as pattern drafting/grading...by HAND. I hope this is helpful...Good Luck:)!

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • Research Fashion Programs, if you haven't already
  • Research on the internet how designers use the software I mentioned (Illustrator, InDesign, Patternmaking/Grading software available by Lectra or Gerber, and PLM).
  • Research the fashion technology available with Lectra and Gerber
Last updated Aug 02 at 12:11
Hi Avery, read about the company, Ministry of Supply in Boston, MA started by 3 MIT students- very interesting, for sure! Since so much of manufacturing is done overseas...many places have Gerber or Lectra systems for grading and marker making. There's probably more information on the web about this. Some companies have a PLM (product lifestyle management) system that allows various departments to communicate, lessening the amt of emails. Say, purchasing , design, product development, quality control each have their own dedicated sections to write information but only can be read by others. For QC, one would comment on the results of lab reports, wash test results, etc. Design could comment on lab dips, button colors etc. Depending on the size of the company would factor in as to how much technology they have and use...smaller companies, not so much given the large monetary investment. I'm not sure if there are any manufacturers nearby to where you live (has it snowed yet!?) See if you can "work" there to see what it's like- what goes on getting that garment on display in a store. Hopefully, I've given you some insight! Sorry, for my late response, Nancy
Last updated Dec 05 '17 at 20:19
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