What does a Fashion Designer do?

A fashion designer is responsible for creating eye-catching, innovative designs that will propel the brand to the next level. They are responsible for the entire design of the piece of clothing. A few of the main duties of a fashion designer are sketching out a new design, deciding which type of fabric to use, displaying the piece at an event, and creating a manufacturing plan. They also have to test the design on various models and people. Some of the jobs titles that a fashion designer could grow into are art director and head designer.

A fashion designer should have two years of experience in design as well as a Bachelor's or Associate's degree in fashion design. One of the most important skills that a fashion designer will have is great attention to detail. Another skill is self motivated as the fashion designer will have to create innovative designs in order to be successful.

  • Sketch out the design
  • Test different materials for the design
  • Test the design on models and people
  • Display designs to potential customers and vendors
  • Work with production to see if the design is feasible
  • Attend fashion events
  • Increase knowledge of the fashion industry
  • Develop innovative designs for the organization
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree in fashion design
  • Ability to create eye-catching designs
  • A good eye for fashion
  • Deep knowledge of the fashion industry
  • Incredible attention to detail
  • The willingness to go the extra mile
  • Incredible creative ability
  • Ability to work alone
  • Ability to collaborate with other designers

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
42%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
5%
8+
6%

Common Skill Sets

Adobe Photoshop
Indesign
Excellent Communication
Pattern Making
Project Design
Creative Problem Solving
MS Word
Microsoft Office Suite

Fashion Designer Seniority Levels

L2
Fashion Designer
$66,227/yr
Creative Manager
48% made the transition
Design Manager
7% made the transition
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Fashion Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,227 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$44K
Median: $66K
$100K
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