Top 10 Careers in Fashion

With the launch of the first Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Fashion in South Africa, CEO of LISOF, Shana Rosenthal, outlined the top 10 career paths pupils could consider in the fashion and retail industries:

Buyer Designer Planner

  •  Planner: Merchandise planning is a systematic approach aimed at maximising return on investment through planning sales and inventory to increase profitability. It’s all about ensuring what the customer wants is available through research, sales tracking, employee training, buying and maintaining the visual aesthetic of a store.


  •  Buyer: Fashion buyers use their sense of style, knowledge of fashion trends and understanding of their target customers’ desire to create an attractive selection of apparel for retail stores. Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets.


  •  Merchandiser: Fashion merchandisers are on the apparel production side and analyse market trends, production costs and previous sales numbers to determine the product direction manufacturers will need to take each season.


  •  Designer: Designers are the creative geniuses who work on the design of clothing, accessories and fashion ranges.


  •  Trends forecaster: Trend forecasters predict upcoming trends and reignite trends that are on the decline.


  •  Pattern engineer: The pattern engineer creates the blueprint or pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.


  •  Production manager: The fashion production manager position calls for a person with a passion for detail and an organised mind.


  •  Stylist: Fashion stylists are responsible for bringing to life a photographer or director’s vision for a fashion photoshoot, layout, commercial, print advertisement or music video.


  •  Brand manager: The brand manager’s job is to rev up fashion sales, which can only be done by having a fantastic knowledge of fashion and marketing techniques such as brand equity and consumer buying habits.


  •  Fashion media: This is the world of fashion writers and photographers, fashion public relations specialists, publicists, journalists and bloggers, who help apparel companies and retail stores build and maintain a favourable public image.


Join us for OPEN DAY to learn more about what LISOF has to offer! Plus stand a chance of winning a part bursary when you enter the Silk Screen Tee competition!

Book by phoning:

7th May at Hatfield Campus: 012 342 0069

21st May at Blairgowrie Campus: 011 326 1698

NOTE: INFO TALK with Academic Head happening on the 29th April 2016, 2pm. LIMITED SPACE so Book your space as soon as possible by contacting Tania: 011 326 1698 ///

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