Fashion Career Focus: Fabric Technologist

Do you want a career in fashion but not sure in which area to specialise? Each week we will introduce a fashion career role and list the responsibilities and skills required. Here are the typical duties and requirements for a Fabric Technologist…

Job Description: 

As a Fabric technologist, you will work with a variety of materials including man-made and natural textiles, leather, fur, plastics and metals. They may be responsible for developing fabrics for furnishings, clothing, household items, medical supplies, or textiles for use within the automotive industry.


  • Liaising with and providing technical advice to design, marketing, purchasing and production staff
  • Creating products in response to given briefs
  • Dyeing and printing textiles
  • Evaluating, identifying and selecting fabrics/products from suppliers
  • Controlling production and quality standards
  • Ensuring that products meet set requirements and specifications (e.g. colour fastness, durability etc.)
  • Dealing with customer queries and complaints
  • Keeping up to date with trends and innovations


  • Good creativity skills
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good knowledge of fabrics and materials
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Interpersonal skills are also highly valued
  • You must be enthusiastic, well presented and have excellent organisation and communication skills