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Fashion Technology

Working with fabrics to cut and create clothes for clients from the high street to high fashion.

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Why is this skill important?

The Fashion Technology practitioner designs and creates garments based on an understanding of aesthetics and a strong foundation of technical skills including design, pattern making, and use of specialized equipment for pattern making, cutting and  manufacture. There is a wide range of practice - from high fashion or bespoke garments to prototyping for mass production and retail. In all cases, the most successful in this field will have a passion for and understanding of global fashion trends and consumer requirements.

Because fabrics are often expensive, delicate and can be easily damaged or handled incorrectly, the practitioner must be respectful of the properties of raw materials, including knowledge of the ethics and sustainability around materials sourcing, purchasing, handling, and storage. Budgets are all serious considerations in this field. 

The design of a garment requires innovation, creativity, and artistic and design talents that incorporate both aesthetics and practicalities. The practitioner applies the theory and principles of design and competition as well as detailed and precise technique.

Understanding a client’s passion and expectation for a distinctive “look”, as well as assessing the attributes of a particular client is critical. The client will have high expectations of the designer; will place a high degree of trust in them; and will count on the “eye” and skill of the practitioner to create something uniquely, individually beautiful.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Using computers
  • Using tools
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Using a pattern provided, each competitor will prepare, sew and finish a garment.

  • Competitors will also be tested on their design skills and will be tasked with making items of clothing on the chosen theme.

  • It is important that each garment is finished to a standard that it is ready-to-wear.

  • Judges are looking for competitors to be creative and artistic with the materials provided.


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Results

Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 749 Ping Hu China
Silver 741 Rhany Moreira Brazil
Bronze 737 ZI-JIN LI Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 731 SANGEUI MOON Korea
Medallion for Excellence 723 Puttaporn Thammanukul Thailand
Medallion for Excellence 720 Elena Kozhinova Russia
Medallion for Excellence 715 Flurina Rüesch Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 715 Laura Melissa Rodríguez Muñoz Colombia
Medallion for Excellence 715 Anggun Nurdila Indonesia
Medallion for Excellence 713 Isabella Schierl Austria
Medallion for Excellence 712 Gabriel Leblanc Canada
Medallion for Excellence 709 MARUFAH JAILAN Malaysia
Medallion for Excellence 706 Weng Chong Chio Macao, China
Medallion for Excellence 705 Tahsin-Kerim IBIS France
Medallion for Excellence 701 Loïc Gluckmann Belgium
699 Elina Skrindzevska Latvia
693 Talat Razia India
690 VOLHA KUSHNER Belarus
689 Seyedeh Atefeh Nabavi Chashmi Iran
686 Joana Queirós Portugal
679 Ka Man, Carmen Poon Hong Kong, China
675 Aino Lammi Finland
675 Kanako Fukuda Japan
665 Hessa Al Shawab United Arab Emirates
654 Nazerke Tayshybayeva Kazakhstan
646 Jonas Kalseth Follestad Norway
642 Alicia MARTÍNEZ Spain
638 Roshida Griffith Barbados
633 Lojun Serri Saudi Arabia
631 KABILA KABENSE Zambia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.