- 16 Dec 2021
You've probably heard of a fitted model or even know someone who works as one. While it may seem like an easy task, being a fit model requires much more than you might think. Here's a Brief Description of What a Fit Model Really Is and How You Can Become One
What is A Fit Model?
Generally, the fitted model is the one who tries on clothing for fashion designers. They check things like the fit and drape of the clothing as well as the overall look. Fit models are basically living mannequins, which meet specific height, bust-waist-hip, arms, legs and other measurement requirements.
Types And Categories Of Fitted Models
There are many types and categories of fitted models for men, women and children. Typically they are: Standard, Contemporary, Miss, Missy, Maternity, Athletic, Full-Featured, Short, Small Plus, Swim, Intimate, Urban, Junior, Junior Plus, Tall, and Big and Tall, with all new categories at the time adding up.
Why Do Designers And Manufacturers Use The Fit Model?
When designers and manufacturers create clothing for the consumer market, it is important to use a standard size that consumers are familiar with. Although a designer may use very tall and skinny models when showing their collections on the runway, they know that the shopping public can rarely find a one-size-fits-all model. Also, it would be too expensive to hire high fashion models to spend hours in the workplace, so fitted models are a more cost-effective option.
Fit models should have balanced, well-proportioned and symmetrical bodies with standard size measurements for their category. A fitted model must be able to clearly verbalize the fit problems felt in clothing that are integral to creating clothing that fits properly. They must be able to provide accurate and helpful feedback to designers and technical teams to help companies increase sales and reduce return rates. The appearance of the fitted model also typically represents the "look" of the customer to the customer.
How To Be A Fit Model
Fit models can often have lucrative careers working full-time in cities that have large clothing manufacturing industries, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Asia. However, smaller markets will also require fit models who can work part-time in addition to their regular modeling or other work.
The first step to becoming a fit model is to get attention by more and more modeling agencies working with fit models. You can also contact manufacturers in your area directly to see if they are renting suitable models and what requirements they may have. Sometimes, people find jobs through ads on Craigslist or by signing up with an agency that will then find jobs and clients for you.
The things you will need to become a fit model include:
- knowledge of fashion trends
- Flexible schedules to participate
- Specific body measurements that may vary by designer
- Once you have a few jobs, you will be able to build a portfolio, which can help you find more jobs in the future. Like many businesses, it can sometimes take time and persistence to become a fit model.
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