What specific personality characteristics and cognitive strengths contribute to the success of a fasion designer?

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When it comes to career planning, future professionals have a range of personality inventories to choose from. These are tests that are aimed to help future professionals select the correct career based on their strengths and likes. Some of these tests are

  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Skills Confidence Inventory
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

According to these two inventories, a fashion designer is often a person who meets the following personality and cognitive traits:

  1. multifaceted thinking- Fashion designers create pieces of clothing, patterns of fabric, and decorative details taking into consideration variables such as:
  • weather/temperature
  • geographical location
  • season
  • clientele
  • market value
  • quality of materials
  • quality of production
  • trends
  • themes

These are only a few of the things to consider when creating clothing. Certainly a fashion designer must be willing to be quite open minded and flexible in multiple intelligences.

   2. Aesthetic sense and balance- To love beauty is a good thing, especially when designing pieces that will make people feel and look good about themselves. However, a good designer is no different than an artist: all in good balance will make things remain universal.

  3. Charisma/communication skills- A professional possessing interpersonal and intrapersonal skills while working in a competitive field is more likely to succeed due to the willingness of maintaining the channels of communication always open to both associates as well as competitors.

  4. Logical/Mathematical intelligence- From measuring, to calculating, estimating, and producing, fashion designers are constant mathematicians, particularly those who produce their prototypes hands-on. Additionally, the ability to employ multiple ways to problem-solve miscalculations or any last minute error is a plus to have in a hectic environment such as the fashion industry. 

Aside from these types of multiple intelligences, a fashion designer is (often by default) in touch with nature, from the type of materials to use in the confection of the clothing to the imitation of naturally-occurring patterns in the creation of print and designs. Hence, there is much more than just a sense of style to be able to become a first rate fashion designer.



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