The fashion industry is often portrayed as a cold and intimidating place where the bosses are mean, cruel and make beginners run after impossible tasks to prove their worth. Whilst establishing yourself in the industry isn’t easy, a job working in fashion is so much more than what movies make them out to be.
There are a lot of behind-the-scenes jobs that you may not know exist. These professionals are essential in the creation of this fabulous and glamorous industry.
These are the people who have the power to make or break the show. They work at a grass-roots level to make sure that the vision of designers and editors are fulfilled. These jobs and descriptions are as follows.
Job position: Fabric Librarian
Fabric librarians keep track of all the fabrics and materials used in a company’s fashion line and collection. This job is a great fit for textile lovers. It entails tasks such as “organizing samples, reference materials and updating stock information,” according to Refinery29. This job is a good starting point for individuals with an interest in this business to build contacts, and form relationships with companies and designers who look to use these fabrics. It’s beneficial if one is up to par with their knowledge of fabrics as the job entails researching about all kinds of fabrics for designers and manufacturers.
Salary range: $30,000 – $60,000
Job position: Online Stylist
Online stylists are similar to personal shoppers, except they work remotely and are proficient in HTML and CMS coding. They help fashion labels and e-companies present and sell their collections by providing wardrobe recommendations, computing data about which products to be sold online and styling. Sometimes, they will also chat with shoppers directly to improve their shopping experience.
Salary range: $45,000 – $60,000
Job position: Runway Sound Designer
Responsible for the overall ambience of the show, runway sound designers work with creative directors, creating custom playlists and making sure that the playlist matches the aesthetic of the collection. A lot of sound designers create strong relationships with designers as they start to understand their ideas, tastes and expectations. A runway sound designer’s salary can vary depending on the designers and companies they work with. Some famous runway sound designers include Frederic Sanchez who has worked for Prada, Michel Gaubert who has worked for Chanel and Rene Arsenault who worked with Tom Ford.
Salary range: Beginners in this profession earn around $28,810, while the top ten sound designers earn more than $97,700.
Job position: Wrinkle chaser
The reason why our shoes, bags and other accessories are wrinkle-free is thanks to wrinkle chasers. A good wrinkle chaser is detailed oriented, reliable and levelheaded. They use special appliances, such as irons and hot-air blowers, on delicate fabrics to erase wrinkles after items arrive from the factory and before they are shipped to the stores.
Salary range: $18,000 – $49,000
Job position: Fashion colorist
In the fashion industry, there are a thousand different shades for a thousand different colors. Fashion colorists identify and recreate different colors for designers, companies, manufacturers and other industry professionals. A fashion colorist’s main job is to mix, develop and create “colors and color palettes clothing, clothing lines and textiles, approve final color palettes from overseas dyers and maintain color libraries and labs and come up with new color mixing techniques,” according to Fashion-Schools.org. Fashion colorists work for designers, department stores, textile companies, production studios, art studios and more.
Salary range: In New York, they are paid an average of $95,000. In Los Angeles, they are paid approximately $79,000. In other areas of the country, the salary varies by region from $65,000 to $95,000.
Job position: Fit model
They are models that try on collections and helps designers determine how the clothes fit on different body types. Fit models do not walk on the runway, but they walk for the designer before collections hit the runway. They assess the cut, shape and comfort level of the garments. They essentially provide designers with reviews and opinions on whether they think people would buy the collection.
Salary range: $75 – $150 per hour
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