When it comes to the fashion industry, many people believe that there are only a few career paths in the industry. This relates to the recent interesting Business of Fashion piece. People Focus only on becoming an editor, designer, stylist, or photographer. However, fashion is a forever-evolving sector, which can allow opportunity for new, innovative, and creative jobs for individuals to make their own. Over the last decade, new trends are being developed, such as evolving stores, changing consumer preferences, and a heightened need for radical transparency. This is shifting companies’ focuses and the roles they are hiring for. Listed below are six fashion professionals with jobs that are becoming increasingly important, also giving insight on how each one contributes to the industry.
1. 3D Printer Engineer
“A job in 3D printing bridges two areas: being able to execute the technological aspects of the business as well as the creative vision,” says Naomi Kaempfer, creative director at Stratasys, which manufactures 3D printers and materials, and works with companies like Safilo, the world’s second-largest eyewear producer. With the technology of 3D printing, this allows for designers to actually see visions come to life in a matter of moments. Adding on their ability to obtain any dream or goal they set out for when in their designing realm.
2. Consumer Psychologist
“I work with brands, agencies and creatives to help them understand consumer behaviour and how that can be applied to make more effective, strategic business or creative decisions,” says Kate Nightingale, head consumer psychologist and founder of Style Psychology, a consultancy firm that works with clients such as retail chain Debenhams and menswear brand Thomas Pink.
A psychologist gives agencies and brands that advantage of attempting to enter the mind of the consumer. With this aid at hand, these companies can develop products and clothes that will be exactly what the mass consumer wants.
3. Data Scientist
“My time is split between machine learning, engineering and management,” says Eddie Bell, lead data scientist at Lyst, which allows users to shop products from multiple retailers within its own online platform. “On a typical day, I’m trying to teach our mathematical models about fashion. We accomplish this by showing our models millions of product images and descriptions, with the aim of teaching them the fashion knowledge that humans take for granted.”
A data scientist can give intel to the head executives of an agency or brand, as they present the factual data of sales and mathematical models. With these models, they company is able to move in the right direction creating designs that will only lead to a rising trend in the market instead of a downturn.
4. Fabric Research and Development
“It’s important to stay inspired and ahead of the ever changing needs of our customers,” says Lululemon’s Logan. “[For a career as a fabric developer], a degree in textiles science or textile engineering is preferred. But if a candidate’s experience demonstrates a strong technical background in working with raw materials, exceptions can be made.”
A fabric researcher must be able to stay on top of the latest news and trends of what fabrics are in and what fabrics are not. Understanding textiles and raw materials is essential in the development of the fabrics. Creating strong materials allows for durable goods to have longevity.
5. Sustainability Expert
“[My job is] to constantly look for ways to incorporate more recycled materials into our products, drive innovative projects that cut our impact on the planet, and expand programs like Fair Trade that have a direct positive impact on the people who make our products,”
The importance of the sustainability expert is the aid to social responsibility that most individuals may consider a major factor in decisions made. The use of recycled materials gives agencies and brands an opportunity to save a considerable amount of materials and money for future endeavors.
6. Personal Stylist
“A good personal stylist [has] good emotional intelligence and a motivation to help people, rather than wanting to make it ‘big’ in the business,” says Brett. “The most important quality is taste. Taste is something you can’t teach; it’s innate. Regardless of whether a stylist has just graduated or has been in the industry for five years, taste should be evident in their work.”
A personal stylist has one major goal when doing their job, making their client look the best they can be. Certain people are gifted with the talent of understanding colors and fabrics, knowing the correct color coordination and knowing seasonal trends to top it off. The need for personal stylist is rising, as these individuals are the ones that create the finished product of all the hard work designers are doing to create outfits.