The job role of a Fabric Technologist involves carrying out technical investigative practices. Including quality control, fabric manipulation, consumption and costing. Work on clothing and textiles, ensuring that quality, ethical & legal standards are met across the board. A Fabric Technologist's role within the fashion industry is to assess whether the fabrics are within the capabilities of machinery and costs.
As a Fabric Technologist, your job role will involve providing fabric technical support to the design and/or production team, carrying out colour testing, approving lab dips, sourcing fabrics and trims and developing new fabrics based on fashion trends and working closely with the fabric mills whether it is within womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, fashion accessories, footwear, or lingerie.
Fabric Technologists within a fashion or retail company will work on the development of fabrics, improve quality depending on the purpose. They will liaise with those involved in the bulk manufacturing processes.
Top 3 Key Skills needed to become a Fabric Technologist:
- Excellent knowledge of a broad range of fabrics
- High attention to detail and accuracy
- Good technical understand of fabrics and production