A number of notable people who have at one time or another worked as drapers include:
- Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet
- William Barley
- Norman Birkett
- Margaret Bondfield
- Eleanor Coade (1733–1821), successful businesswoman with Coade stone
- Harry S. Truman, haberdasher before he became a Senator, Vice President and President
- Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
- John Spedan Lewis
- Anthony Munday
- Thomas Burberry, Founder of fashion brand "Burberry"
- H. G. Wells
- Edward Whalley, regicide, cousin of Oliver Cromwell
- George Williams, founder of the YMCA
- John Woodward, geologist and physician to King Charles II
- John Graunt, founder of the science of demography
A draper is now defined as a highly skilled role within the fashion industry. The term is used within a fashion design or costume design studio for people tasked with creating garments or patterns by draping fabric over a dress form; draping uses a human form to physically position the cloth into a desired pattern. This is an alternative method to drafting, when the garment is initially worked out from measurements on paper.
A fashion draper may also be known as a "first hand" because they are often the most skilled creator in the workshop and the "first" to work with the cloth for a garment. However a first hand in a costume studio is often an assistant to the draper. They are responsible for cutting the fabric with the patterns and assisting in costume fittings.
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