Life As a Fashion Designer.

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The career in which I am most interested in the textile industry is that of the fashion designer. A fashion designer is the person who comes up with the ideas and designs today, for the clothes that we, the consumers, will be wearing tomorrow. This alone, the power to inspire the world of fashion , would be enough to make me want to become a designer, but designing clothes is also a way of expressing yourself. Each designer is unique and thus the clothes that each create are just as unique. Although the job of a fashion designer may seem easy, there are many abilities involved in the job. Some of these abilities, which I posses, include a love for fashion, understanding of color and combinations of color, and the ability to
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Benefits vary with employers. Designers often negotiate their salaries and benefits individually with employers. Some firms provide vacation and group health insurance plans. Self employed designers must supply themselves with their own insurance, but it also means that their schedule is very flexible and allows them to take time off to travel for business or pleasure at any time which is convenient to them.


Basement Couture

by Marian Buckley

In a Ladbroke Grove basement studio flat, I sit down with designer Francesca Marotta. This is couture heaven, W11 style.

Francesca says she always knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. "When I was 4 I said to my Mum, 'I am going to work in fashion'." By the age of 10 Francesca was whipping out the family Singer to run-up dolls' clothes. "I remember when my Mum used to go shopping, I would open up the sewing machine and make clothes for my sister's dolls, and then when I heard the car come back I would quickly put the sewing machine away again."

After studying at university in Belgium (her family relocated to Belgium, leaving Sicily when she was 5) Francesca moved to London to study for a BTEC National Diploma at The London College of Fashion. She never completed the course. "They never liked my style," she explains. "The London College of Fashion is very good for technique, but at the time they weren't broadminded, they weren't like St Martin's -
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