National Certificate In Fashion and Garment Design

INTRODUCTION

Fashion and Garment Design is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion and Garment Designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories such as bracelets and neck laces. Because of the time required to bring a garment together onto the market, garment designers must at times anticipate changes to consumer tastes.

Fashion and Garment Designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They consider who is likely to wear a garment and situations in which it will be worn, they have a wide range and combinations of materials to wok with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from. Though most clothing worn for everyday wear falls within a narrow range of conventional styles, unusual garments are usually sought for special occasions such as evening wear or party dresses.

Fashion and Garment Design Evening Programme Trainees During Practice
Fashion and Garment Design Evening Programme Trainees During Practice
Fashion and Garment Design Day Programme Trainees During Practice
Fashion and Garment Design Day Programme Trainees During Practice
    • The Fashion and Garment Design course will produce professionals who are capable of conceiving garment combinations of line, proportion, color and texture.
  • Fitting garment samples on a fit model, and decide which fit and construction changes to make before mass-production of the garment.
  • Drafting the shapes and sizes of a garment’s pieces..
  • Making custom designed garments made to the client’s measure; especially suits  (coat and trousers,jacket and shirt, etc).
  • Designing fabric weaves and prints for clothes and furnishings.
  • Coordinating the clothes, jewelry, and  accessories used in fashion photography and catwalk presentations.
  • Selecting and buying the mix of clothing available in retail shops, department stores, and chain stores.
  • Making custom- made garments to order, for a given customer.
  • Adjusting the fit of completed garments, usually ready-made, and sometimes re-styling them.
  • Recommending styles and colors that are flattering to the client.
  • Writing fashion articles describing the garments presented or fashion trends, for magazines or newspapers
  • specializing in custom-made women’s clothes: day, cocktail, and evening dresses, business clothes and suits, trousseau, sports clothes, and lingerie.
  • Predicting what colors, styles and shapes will be popular (“on Trend”) before the garments are on sale.
  • Drawing and Painting clothing designs for commercial use.
  • Sewing ready-to-wear or mass-producing clothing by hand or with a sewing machine, either in a garment shop or as a sewing machine operator in a factory.
    • The Course emphasizes the following aspects of learning:
  • Competence-Based Training Approach.
  • Real Life Practical Assignments with supporting modules.
  • Integrated Education (knowledge, skills, and positive attitude)
  • Innovation and Initiative (learning to solve problems that one has never encountered).
  • Upward Mobility and Concentric Curriculum.
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity orientation.
  • Environment, Health and Safety considerations.
  • Sports, Clubs and Social interactions
  • Communication skills and HIV and AIDS education

Career prospects

Fashion and Garment designers may work full time for one fashion house, as ‘in-house designers’ which owns the designs, or they can work alone or as part of a team. Freelance Fashion and garment designers work for themselves, selling their designs to fashion houses, directly to shops, or to clothing manufacturers. The garments bear the buyer’s label. some Fashion designers set up  their own labels, under which their designs are marketed. Some Fashion designers are self employed and design for individual clients. Other high end fashion and garment designers cater to specialty stores or high-end fashion department stores. These designers create original garments, as well as those that follow established fashion trends.

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