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It takes a strong personality, one that can handle criticism. Fashion is a very critical field and theres always room for improvement. You need to be mentally tough, able to handle long hours of work and lead a team. You need to be able to understand how a garment is made and explain intricate details to your patternmakers, sewers or production facility contacts. There are so many different levels of design but as a designer you really need to know everything about making clothing from conception, to inception and be able to handle to management of time and the product life cycle process.