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Fashion Designers

Fashion Designers
Quick Facts : Fashion Designers*
2010 Median Pay$64,530
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201221,500
Job Outlook0% (Little or no change)
Employment Change0

Fashion designers work in teams throughout the design process to create fashion such as clothing, accessories, and footwear. They collaborate on sketching designs, selecting fabrics and patters and giving instructions for production.

What Fashion Designers Do

  • Study fashion trends and anticipate designs that will appeal to consumes
  • Decide on themes for collections
  • Visit manufacturers or trade shows to get fabric samples
  • Collaborate with other designers or team members to create a prototype design
  • Present design ideas to the creative director or showcase them in fashion or trade shows

Work Environment

Fashion designers work in wholesale or manufacturing establishments, apparel companies, retailers, theater or dance companies, and design firms. Fashion designers are usually found in large cities, such as New York or Los Angeles. In May 2010, almost 75 percent of all salaried fashion designers worked in New York and California.
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Job Outlook

Employment of fashion designers is not expected to experience much change from 2010 to 2020 but some growth is projected in specialized design firms and for self-employed fashion designers.
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. The average salary of fashion designers was $64,530 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Fashion Designers

It's not required to have formal education is not required but most fashion designers entering the industry will have some gained some formal education where they learn design skills, such as how to use computer-aided design (CAD) technology. Employers usually look for applicants with creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of the production process for clothing, accessories, or footwear.
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