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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Fashion Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Fashion Designer Career Path

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Fashion Designer Insights

Read what Fashion Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Les Indiennes
Fashion Designer
22 Jun 2021

“While working here i thoroughly enjoyed my experience... my boss was very understanding and fun to work with.”

Perry Ellis InternationalPerry Ellis International
Fashion Designer
26 Feb 2020

“If you get your work done and get to work and meetings on time you're good.”

Minto GroupMinto Group
Design Coordinator
1 Dec 2020

“workers were a pleasure to work with and the quality of the work done was good.”

Fashion Designer
27 Sep 2019

“Exposure to newer brands and opportunities to interact and learn from some of the best in the industry.”

Head of Circular Fashion
25 Jun 2021

“One thing that for me personally I find the best is the culture top down and bottom up.”

PR ConsultingPR Consulting
Fashion Intern
28 Jan 2020

“If you have never done an internship in PR this is a great place to start.”

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Assistant Fashion Designer
15 Feb 2021

“Initial is a good place to start your career because of the resources they can provide.”

Design Associate
21 Sep 2019

“I found that there was great variety in the type of work I was involved in whilst working here.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a fashion designer

When working as a fashion designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Excellent Communication, Pattern Making and Project Design.

The most similar professions to fashion designer are:
  • Product Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager
  • Designer

The most common qualifications to become a fashion designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.