Do I need to know how to draw to be a Fashion Designer?

Style is an elusive mix of personality unspoken, trumpeted, electrifying, bold and simple. Calling attention by a fact of being. Slippery when chased, owned by few. Can set like a fog and emanate from a beacon.

Who gets to create with a capital ‘C’?

Lightening happens when the right conditions exist. Earthquakes occur due to tectonic shifts in the earth’s crust. In order for earthquakes to set off a volcano, the magma reservoir beneath the fiery mountains must be already primed to blow.

Fashion design is a response to our Being. Do I need to know how to draw to be a Fashion Designer? Me: Yes; Victoria Beckham: No.

Do I need to know how to sew to be a Fashion Designer? Me: Yes; Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Sean John: No.

Do I need to know pattern making to be a Fashion Designer? Me: Yes; Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen: No.

As a minor entity in a very big world with lots of choices and variant tastes, to become a player in this game, drawing helps me communicate my vision, pattern making creates a draft plan of my drawn idea to wearable possibility, and sewing allows the idea to be worn. Existing in space without me having to explain it.

Fashion design for many in the industry is more computer program skills. Designs (drawing/technical packages) are sent off to countries to be produced by others. Famous people, people with connections, buyers that have paid their dues, bloggers who are taste creators. These people bring their own style to the fashion world. Their personality brand imbues a credibility to the line. Without the technical skills under their famous names, there would be no line, no bridge to relate their vision to us, the consumer.

 

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