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Fit modeling, sometimes known as fit evaluation, is a crucial step in the fashion design process. It involves having someone try on your prototypes to ensure they look and feel great on real people—not just you! This can be especially useful if you’re designing something that’s going to be sold to people of different shapes and sizes, as in plus-size clothing or children’s wear. Learn more about this process and how it affects your designs by reading this article about what fit modeling is and why it’s important to the fashion industry today.
What is fit modeling?
Fit models serve as living mannequins. Through their diligent work and collaboration with designers, they make sure clothes fit well on real people before they are finalized. After all, what good is a well-made garment if it doesn’t look great when you wear it? Fit models are hired by manufacturers to try out garments and give feedback on how pieces should be changed so that customers actually want to buy them. Many of these models receive no pay for their work because many brands don’t see it as valuable—but these individuals still provide hours upon hours of free service in order to help bring high-quality clothing designs to life. They’re true unsung heroes in an industry that lacks transparency!
How to Become a Fit Model
While models can come in all shapes and sizes, most designers still need to make sure that their designs will fit a wide range of women. So how do they do it? They use fit models. A fit model acts as an extension of a designer’s sketches, and her job is to physically wear sample clothes so that designers can see what works and what doesn’t on actual people. A certain degree of flexibility and body awareness are necessary for successful fitting sessions; some companies even hire dance majors or professional athletes for their physical attributes. The ability to concentrate while standing upright with arms at your sides while wearing only underwear (not even shoes!) might not sound like fun, but it sure beats being an extra in movies.
How I Got Started as a Fit Model
My path to becoming a professional fit model began in college when I was hired as a retail associate at one of my favorite clothing stores. I was thrilled because it meant that I could put what I had learned about styles and fabrics from my degree into practice in real life. But after three months, it became clear that my passion for clothing and measurements didn’t make me cut out for selling clothes — so, no more retail for me! When one of my classmates mentioned she was looking for help with her styling business, I jumped at the chance to leave retail behind. Since then, styling has become an integral part of my career.
The Challenges of Being a Fit Model
You hear all about models living it up in New York City, traveling to Paris and Milan, and parading around catwalks in fabulous designer outfits. And while there are definitely moments when that life looks appealing, being a fit model has its own challenges. Fit models typically work with designers on their clothes from concept to completion. A big part of their job is to try on garments and give feedback about how well (or how poorly) they fit in order for designers to make changes before sending their clothing into production. Because most garments are intended for an average body shape, there can be a lot of fitting adjustments that need to be made; many times these adjustments involve taking in or letting out seams at specific places on specific pieces.
Important Tips for First-Time Clients
Some things to consider when trying on clothes for the first time include: ensuring that garments are not too tight or too loose, and making sure there’s enough room in pants, skirts and other bottoms for your body. When it comes to tops and dresses, make sure that there is not too much cleavage showing or extra fabric bulging out from around your chest. Also be sure to test how well necklines fit around your shoulders and neck, making sure they do not ride up or pinch you as you move around. Take some time in front of a mirror before leaving fitting rooms to make sure everything looks right.
Fit modeling requires constant monitoring and adjustments to ensure that styles will look good on women with average bodies. Fit models are responsible for wearing items to make sure they’re flattering and not too tight or loose. They are essential in the process of designing, developing, and producing clothing items because of their ability to accurately gauge sizing and look, making it possible for companies to create stylish apparel that will look good on large numbers of people. The addition of fit modeling has transformed both how we perceive clothes and how clothes are created; we have started expecting garments that we can actually wear instead of ones that belong exclusively in a museum.