Clothing Manager

Clothing managers plan, organize, coordinate and control the production of clothing in a factory.

Clothing managers are responsible for production planning and control. They ensure that high standards of quality are met and that clothes are supplied on time and within cost constraints. They liaise with other functional managers on issues such as: design, marketing, finance and human resources. They check that workers follow instructions and work according to the production plan and to deadlines.

They need to have a thorough knowledge of the processes, techniques and skills required and are always looking for ways to improve existing systems and production processes.

Clothing managers need to ensure that materials and accessories are ordered and received on time. They may also be involved in work-study, production, cutting, quality control, administration, management, marketing and distribution.

Personal Requirements

  • creative, imaginative and some artistic talent
  • technical skills
  • persistent, self-confident and persuasive
  • able to get along well with others
  • patient, tactful and observant
  • good judgement and business sense

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.

What to Study

Diploma: BTech and N.Dip. Clothing Management offered at UJ, CPUT, and DUT.

Applicants have to undergo a selection procedure. The principle underlying the course is to provide students with a sound foundation in management in the clothing industry. The structure of the course enables students to understand the total business cycle of the industry together with the technology required to support the business function.

Certificate: At TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Colleges.


  • clothing factories
  • fashion houses and exclusive shops
  • clothing chain store
  • self-employment, with the necessary experience and capital, start own clothing manufacturing company

Further Information

Any of the above.

Getting Started

  • try and find a holiday job in the clothing industry
  • develop a keen interest in clothing and new trends by reading fashion magazines and books
  • experiment with sewing and with producing as many garments or articles as possible with the least material possible

Programmes by Study Institutions

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