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Job Description

A Fashion designer will design clothing ranges and accessories. They may have control over a certain label or brand and will sketch multiple initial design ideas for items that they think will appeal to the people who might buy them! They will also use data collected from samples to ensure that the sizing's are correct.  The sketches will be discussed amongst other designers, passed up to the Design Manager where the design is refined and specifics are finalised, such as materials to be used, stitching, colour and range.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a relevant higher education qualification, like a foundation degree, HND or degree. Taking a course which teaches design and technical skills at a British Fashion Council member college could be helpful when looking for work.

You’ll often start as a design assistant before working your way up to a full designer role. 

You’ll need a portfolio of your work that you can take to course and job interviews. Your portfolio should include mood boards, designs and technical drawings. An employer or college may also ask you to take along actual garments that you have produced.

Making industry contacts through work experience or internships can help you find employment.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Costume designer
  • Dressmaker
  • Fashion design assistant
  • Fashion model
  • Footwear designer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to create lots of ideas and translate them into sketches and designs
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong IT skills for working on CAD software and other design applications

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £80,000

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