If you are considering the possibility of creating a career in fashion, as a fashion designer,
fashion buyer, or a boutique owner, Delta’s Fashion Program can help you on your way to success.
Today the demand for fashion designers is greater than ever, and it looks like this trend will continue.
Fashion designers today need to be in touch with the market, to be able to monitor changes in taste
and in demand. Fashion designers need to understand how to predict trends before they happen and
deliver their designs to retail in a timely manner. Fashion designers need not only to be artistic,
but be market savvy, as well.
In the ever-changing, fast-paced, consumer-driven world of retail, buyers, merchandisers, visual directors, managers and boutique owners need to know how to predict consumer demands and shifts, how to service client needs and how to seek out new and innovative merchandise. Creativity and strong intuitive skills are essential to success in the retail world, as well as a keen understanding of the client.
The fashion job outlook is also affected by the fact that this is a very popular career area, and therefore
there are many people want to pursue careers in the industry. If you want to break into the fashion industry,
you need to give yourself all the advantages possible, and one way to do this is to be sure that you have received the best and most appropriate education.
In Delta’s fashion program, you will not only learn the skills and knowledge you need to enter the industry,
you will also travel to fashion centers and meet industry professionals who can help you to find the vital
first job. This makes your fashion job outlook that much better, and you will find that your career prospects benefit greatly.
THE FASHION INDUSTRY
The fashion industry is huge. Each year, over $250 billion is spent on fashion (including accessories) in the
United States and over $20 billion in revenue is generated annually. Over 4 million people are employed in this industry which includes the following areas: design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, retailing, advertising, communications, publishing and consulting.
Fashion industry employers are located just about everywhere but most are concentrated in New York City
(with over 5,000 showrooms), California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Miami, London, Paris, and Italy.
Large employers are based in cities such as Dallas (Neiman Marcus, Fossil), Ohio (Limited Brands), and Beaverton, OR (Nike). While some production still occurs in the United States and Europe, the majority is now done overseas (China, India, Mexico, South America).
To compete in the fashion industry job market today, job seekers must have strong computer/technical skills (Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress) and understand
the global economy, including manufacturing and textile technology.