A technical apparel designer strives to create clothing that satisfies customers and furthers the mission of their brand. When designing an article of clothing or an outfit, the technical apparel designer must keep several concepts and goals in mind. First, the designer needs to ensure that produced clothing maintains a consistent fit. Second, the technical apparel designer must ensure that the construction of the articles and garments is of a high quality. Third, grade rules and tolerances for the clothing must be observed.
Aside from leading the actual construction of the garments, the technical designer is also responsible for several other aspects of the project. For example, the technical apparel designer must work with stakeholders to ensure clothing meets the brand quality standards and has any specific characteristics for the brand (such as displaying the brand's signature or logo). The technical apparel designer also fills out appropriate project paperwork, such as reports detailing any construction issues and research about how to address those issues. Further, a technical apparel designer works closely with marketing and photography teams to create stunning images of the clothing and effective advertisements to market the garments.
Most technical apparel designers hold a bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles or a related field. Many companies prefer experience in apparel. Technical apparel designers must constantly looking for new ways to integrate technology into their profession. Attention to detail and strong communication skills are also necessary.
Technical Designer, Apparel Tasks
Develop and manage the technical specification packages for apparel prototypes.
Evaluate garment for quality, lead fit sessions, and make recommendations for pattern improvements.
Assist and consult with factory pattern makers to develop new blocks.
Maintain documentation of all relevant data for production.