What a Fashion Designer Does:
A fashion designer’s job is to create new clothing and/or accessory styles with the challenge of incorporating current in-demand market trends and at the same time creating a product that is different from what customers may already have. Once their creations have been finalized, the designer’s samples are sold to retailers, and produced in volume to be sold to the consumer.
A fashion designer’s responsibilities include the following:
The skills and training needed to become a fashion designer are an associate’s (2 years) or a bachelor’s (4 years) degree in fashion design. Coursework typically includes:
Schools that offer media design and fine arts also usually feature programs in fashion design. Some top institutions for fashion design are:
The schools listed above are located in cosmopolitan areas which are fashion hubs, the places where the trends develop. Fashion houses are typically located in or near these hubs, so demand is high for fashion designers.
Examples of entry level jobs are:
As is true of many creative careers, there is a fair amount of competition for jobs, and a recent graduate would be very fortunate to be offered an employment opportunity at a fashion house. Entry level jobs can pay about $25,000 per year, and a fashion designer with up to ten years of experience can expect to make an annual salary of approximately $60,000.
Fashion designers are also equipped to explore opportunities in other areas, such as being a stylist for photoshoots, films, or celebrities. In general, fashion design can be a very fulfilling career. What could be better than being compensated for traveling the world and expressing your creative ideas?