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A fashion designer works with businesses and stores to create the clothing we wear each and every day! He or she might work for a large company or brand, designing anything from clothing to accessories to shoes, or they might own their own line and create each item individually in 2007, over a quarter of all fashion designers in the U.S. reported being self-employed.
A designer's process begins months (or even years) before you see the finished product in stores. They will sketch out ideas and make samples out of a fabric called muslin, which is a cheap, easy to sew form of cotton. This allows them to work out any problems with the design, and to see how it will look on a dress form or body. Once the muslin prototype is perfect, a pattern will be created to show how to turn fabric into that piece of clothing. And then, only after the designer approves the pattern and chooses fabric and fastenings, will the pattern be shipped off to be manufactured into a clothing line!
Being a fashion designer doesn't necessarily equal being famous, but there are definitely a few household names: Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenburg, Karl Lagerfeld, and Stella McCartney are all internationally known brands. Can you think of any more?