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Fashion designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024

+1.34%

Working hours

40 to 42 variable

  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • working to design instructions
  • analysing or predicting trends in fabrics, colours and shapes
  • producing concept and mood boards (a collection of items to capture a mood, like photos, fabric pieces or colour samples)
  • producing designs by hand or by using computer-aided design (CAD)
  • developing basic shapes ('blocks') through patterns
  • estimating costs for materials and manufacture
  • finding suppliers
  • supervising the making up of sample clothing items
  • making in-house presentations, for example to finance departments and merchandisers

You could work in a workshop or in a creative studio.

With experience you could progress to senior designer, head of a department (like head of women's wear design) or design director.

You could also go freelance or start your own company.

You can find more details about working in fashion from:the British Fashion Council; Discover Creative Careers

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