"Fashion" covers a wide variety of possible areas of employment, including making the raw materials used, designing and producing the finished fashion products, retail sales, and the advertising or promotions involved.
Overall, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market in the fashion industry will remain largely unchanged in the 2010-2020 period. They predict increased need for "specialized design firms," stating
Clothing and accessories designers will be needed to design comfortable and more affordable items for the mass market and everyday wear.
This could also relate to creating uses and designs for newly developed types of materials or techniques for construction of clothing or accessories. This may come into play in the area of creating clothing for athletics and other specialized activities.
Design of clothing that is attractive and easy to don will become more important as the average age of customers increases. As the Baby Boomers age, clothing that accommodates special physical needs will assume a greater share of the market.