A career in fashion design can bring so much reward and stability into your life. It is a real, practical and useful life skill that you can take with you anywhere in the world and still make a good living out of it. Apparently, many Australian expats are currently living in Bali and they are running successful businesses by doing just that. It is an old profession that is quite often overlooked and underrated in our society. Fashion design is one of the last few industry sectors that robotic technology is unable to conquer. Many other industry sectors and professions are seeing real people being replaced by computer and robotic technology, such as in auto manufacturing, financial and banking, medical healthcare, education, social work, airline, military, food manufacturing, journalism, and hospitality, etc. Luckily, fashion design is one industry still shielded from invasion and takeover by robots. The apparel industry sector would require an enormous investment and resources to replace humans with robots in the 21st century; therefore, it is highly unlikely that will happen in the next 100 years. The cost of investing in robotic technology would be too high for garment manufacturers to replace the low cost of human workers. One particular area that robotic technology will never be able to replace is the realm of designers, couturiers, tailors, seamstresses, and factory sewers because they are the “creative thinkers”. Robots cannot think like humans, and, ultimately, no matter how advanced robotic technology becomes over time, human hands will always be more versatile and skillful than man-made machines; even Gerber Technology is heavily dependent on humans to operate.

– Chris Falcon is a Canadian designer and fashion educator with over 35 years of experience in the garment design and manufacturing business.