What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer?

What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer?

April 27, 2019 50 By Bernardo Ryan



hi my name is Zachary Fernandes and I'm currently a fashion student so I am starting my Katmandu 2016 collection my collections gonna be debuting at my school Fashion Show and so I have little under seven weeks to get this all put together so our school assignment was to pick a city that we wanted to be inspired by for this collection I ended up with comedy Nepal all the trauma that they went through last year was really inspiring and I was able to take those ideas of imbalance and the destruction of culture and apply that to this new collection these are the pieces that I ended up designing their ever-changing and they kind of just are always in flux my sketching process involves a lot of images a lot of mixed-media as I like to do collages watercolors acrylic paints it's a real reflection of what my mind looks like here you have the final sketches that I've done the sketching process for me is really a major step between just ideas and kind of this fantasy world that I've created in my mind to really functional wearable pieces fabric sourcing is one of my favorite things to do it's really like a group activity like me and a couple friends will just go we'll explore the city will get aspiration so I'm looking for like a very pale blue um that's almost like very silverish and then I'm looking for a very deep rust orange color case we have to find this but more greyish blue the fabric store is one of those places that you go in with one idea and one concept and one thought and you come out with like 500 more this is it this is it this is that dude Hey yes so I spend the majority of my time draping and it's definitely a part that will make or break a piece I take a piece of muslin which is just a really basic bland fabric and I start sculpting it to the dress form and then those mock-ups that I make off the dress form are then fitted to the model and sometimes I try it on the bottom like this is hideous I don't know why just overpowers her or something happens and that leads to even better ideas and even more just creativeness when you design while you create I think it takes like so much longer and you like pushing yourself so much more so I design mine just turned off and it's just about sewing and sewing it's the way I'm selling it so after I finish draping I take apart that mock-up but I totally see rip it and I repattern it and then I cut it out of my real fabric it's always really nerve-racking because a lot of times the fabrics all that you have either the budget doesn't allow for you to get more fabric or they're simply not anymore left it has this like box-like structure in it the box is actually lined with a horsehair so that it can kind of take the shape and that's what I'm kind of trying to like manipulate it right now because it just takes on whatever shape you will need it to the show so if six days I'm still cutting up outer flake I don't think that's normal there's always going to be that last minute hurry up and finish like state of being like I have a picture in my mind about how it's supposed to go but who knows if it actually will go that way I think that there can be a lot of different ways to read the look obviously you look for like the main things I color silhouette is this an evening piece is this a day piece and you just kind of put the garment and choose certain categories and that's really how people read fashion now by the time the pieces on the runway I'm already thinking about a whole new collection and I've already think you felt something totally different but it doesn't really hit me that these people for them it's the first time that they've seen this I spent months and months planning and sketching and putting it together if I see all these different things and these pieces but no one else does then it's kind of sad but then it's also part of what makes fashion art is because people see it in so many different ways we are in my home studio bedroom combination in Berkeley California I have this look from Project Runway Junior which was the first episode and this look from my most recent collection they really mean a lot to me because they show how much progress I made within the last four or five months you