Andres Aquino: The talented fashion designer and produce

  Fashion designer and producer Andres Aquino presented his latest collection entitled "Legend" at the Couture Fashion Week. The parade was held in the Grand Ballroom of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on the legendary Park Avenue.

  Aquino is a tireless producer and designer of the fashion industry, who has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and television around the world including Fashion TV, Collezioni, and ModaStyle Book Moda International. Her latest collection of original and classic designs is made from the finest fabrics and ornaments and was inspired by the mythological gods around the world.

"The purpose of this collection is to bring out the goddess within every woman," says Aquino.

  To this end, has partnered with a range of creative and fabulous jewelry designer Paris Didier Peiro, Sheila Hill-Jay Hightower and Hightower, designer bouquets of glass: the artist Susan Freda creating the museum dresses quality wire and accessories, San Diego: shoe stylist and shop owner Chamie Renee Coates, jewelry designer Siam Lek Nasuwan Toronto Gallery, Hollywood makeup artist and stylist Mahealani Diego Federico Calce which sets the trend in the field. The show is also developing with the interpretations of artists like the tenor Eduardo Herrera, singing Material Girl, Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Mary Sciorillo, and pianist Prince Igor.

  The fashion show followed by the gala went Couture Fashion Week Ball Valentine's which included an auction to raise funds for Partners in Health to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Making a Career in Fashion Designing

Opportunities of Employment for a Trained Fashion Designer :

  • Self employment.
  • Export houses.
  • Garment store retail chains.
  • Textile mills.
  • Fashion boutiques.
  • Jewelry houses.
  • Leather factories and stores.
  • Media houses.
Niche Areas of Education in Fashion Designing :
Professional courses are available in various niche areas of Fashion Designing. These may be classified as under :
  • Garment Manufacturing Technology.
  • Textile Science.
  • Fabric Dyeing, Color Mixing and Printing.
  • Computer Aided Designing.
  • Apparel Construction Technology.
  • Garment Design.
  • Leather Design.
  • Leather Technology.
  • Footwear Design.
  • Accessory Design.
  • Jewelry Design.
Standards and Methods for Choosing a Fashion Design School :
  • Identify your area of interest. Make a list of schools in your area/ state/ country
  • which offer courses in your areas of interest.
  • Check out the schools on criteria like education reviews, location, prices,
  • placement records, and student reviews etc.
  • Research the schools of your choice thoroughly through magazines, Internet and
  • others.
  • Make a list of all Fashion Schools of your choice and allot them a rank in order of
  • your preference.
  • Take a tour of the schools of your choice and gather first-hand information on
  • teachers, educational facilities, recreational amenities and students’ response.
  • If you somehow cannot visit the schools personally take a virtual tour of the
  • school on the Internet. Most schools have these on their websites.
  • Read reviews of your chosen schools. Some good educational magazines carry
  • Check out the schools on scholarships options.
  • Find if the schools have an entrance test or direct application method of
  • accepting students.
  • Apply to the schools of your choice and remain optimistic.
Expected Salary and Financial Returns in Fashion Designing: While the average Fashion Designers can expect returns anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 per year, this is really not a benchmark. Big designers earn in millions of dollars. This is perhaps the most enticing factor for young people who join the Fashion Industry. However, it is important to know that such levels of financial success are attained only after a great body of work. Beginners should be ready to work with opportunities providing modest beginnings to the simple tunes of $5000 per year, and even lower.

A career in Fashion Industry as a Fashion Designer can be extremely gratifying. So, take the leap if you have it in you.

Making a Career in Fashion Designing

  Fashion Designing is an exciting career option for creative people with interest in stylish garments and accessories. As people have progressively become more conscious of their attires the fashion industry has grown more and more. Fashion Industry today, is a multi-million dollar industry worldwide.

  Fashion Designers are at the heart of the fashion industry as they are the ones who churn out the latest designs every season and guide the trends in world fashion.

Requisite Qualities of a Fashion Designer :
  • Creativity with the medium of fabric, leather, metals and others used for accessories.
  • Eye for detail and style.
  • Ability to create original designs. And, ability to identify original designs.
  • Managerial skills in Human Resource Management and Marketing.
  • Team player attitude as great designs are often efforts of a creative team.
  • Readiness to work hard and long hours.
  • Perseverance as most people have to start at the bottom rung of the ladder.
  • Willingness to work with little or no gratification in the initial years.
  • Strong desire to attain success.
  • Ability to dream and visualize great products all the time.
Career Opportunities as a Fashion Designer :

  A trained Fashion Designer need not just remain restricted to actual designing of fashion wear. There are several other career options available in the Fashion Industry wherein a new person may get a chance of seeing the workings of the industry at close quarters. Some such options are :
  • Planning and Concept Management: This may be in a big or small Fashion House. The job description includes working on new concepts and planning the strategies of changing fashion trends.
  • Production and Management of Fashion Wear: This may be in a big or small Fashion House. The job entails overseeing the production of the garments and managing the men and supplies.
  • Quality Control: This may be in a big or small Fashion House. The job requires monitoring the quality checks and implementing changes as needed while the production is on.
  • Fashion Buyer: This may be in a big or small Fashion House. The job demands development of lines that the company decides to target for a particular market and price range. Fashion Buyers typically work with Merchandising Managers.
  • Promotion of Brands: This is a job in Fashion Marketing. It requires planning publicity and marketing of big or small fashion brand names. .
  • Fashion Media: This job involves reporting and coverage of events and proceedings in the Fashion Industry.
  • Retailing: This job involves actual point of sales representation like a sales showroom manager or a sales representative.
Other Career Options for a Fashion Designer :

  The other career options that a trained Fashion Designer can have are as an outside consultant or freelance designer working on independent designing assignments, costume designer, fashion coordinator working with fashion buyers and suppliers on an assignment basis, fabric buyer, fabric quality control manager, outsourcing agent, illustrator, graphic designer and pattern maker.

  You need to identify the area you wish to work in and then find or create a niche market for your services.

  The biggest benefit behind being a trained Fashion Designer is that you can start your own business. So, this field offers opportunity of entrepreneurship.


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