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How to Become a Fashion Designer

Are you interested in how you can become a fashion designer? Well, here are a few of the job requirements that you will have to meet usually in order to make that happen:

-College education is not required for someone to become a fashion designer, but a 2 or 4 year degree will certainly show that you are committed and will probably land you the job over someone that doesn’t have any college education.



-A portfolio of your work is essential. It is going to be what you are judged by the most, and you have to make sure that you have your best work in there. It gives the potential employer a chance to see who you are as an artist, not just who you are as a resume.

-Internships and other experience opportunities are where you will see the most future fashion designers. It is a great way to gain that valuable experience and find out if you have what it takes to work in this business as well.

-You will have to work your way up. There aren’t many times when you won’t start out at the bottom of the fashion food chain. Do your best to work through that and just remember that eventually you will get to where you want to be if you are tenacious.

-There are also a few other skills that will definitely help you land the job. You should be artistic, good with communication, good with computers, very creative, have attention to detail, and be able to make decisions.

Once You Become a Fashion Designer

There are a lot of people that want to know what fashion designers actually do an a daily basis. Don’t worry, it is not all literally designing. There are a variety of things that they do in addition to coming up with those wonderfully creative ideas. They include:

  • Studying trends in fashion and trying to predict new trends
  • Sketching designs for different types of fashion garments and accessories
  • Trying to figure out a collection’s theme
  • Using the computer in order to create designs with certain programs
  • Visit different manufacturers and shows in order to obtain different samples of fabric
  • Choose the fabrics, colors, and styles of accessories and garments
  • Collaborate with other designers to to create prototypes
  • Present the ideas you came up with to the client
  • Take on some of the marketing for your designs
  • Supervise the creation of your design

Some times you will be working pretty much on your own, and some times you will be a part of a team of designers depending on the company and if you are self-employed. Usually the larger companies will have one head designer and then a few more designers to make up their team. You can also specialize in a certain clothing like footwear, or you can work in all of them, which is what most designers will take on.

Trying to come up with the trends that you think are going to be the next big hit requires a lot of study time on current trends and the way the market is swinging each day. People think that there is no grit type work within the fashion industry, but I guarantee that the research that you would do to come up with these trends will be tedious and non-eventful. But, it is something that has to be done in order to see future success with designs.

Usually it is going to take half a year to to have a concept become a final product. It all starts with a sketch, and then eventually gets moved over to the computer on one of the many computer fashion related programs that are meant to help with design. There are some companies that come out with a new design every month, can you imagine how much time and effort it takes to accomplish that miracle?

The Work Environment for a Fashion Designer - Designers in the fashion industry usually work in one of the following places: wholesale and manufacturing structures, retailers, theater, design firms, dance companies, or apparel companies. There are some exceptions of course, but that is where the majority of them can be found. If you want to take it a step further, the majority of that majority are going to be found in manufacturing and wholesale places. Most of their designs then go to retailers where they are distributed and sold.

In the year 2010, just under a third of the fashion designers were indeed self-employed. There are also going to be other designers in the fashion industry that have their own company, which may or may not have their name attached to the label. Usually those that are self-employed are not just starting out in the industry, they are those that have been here a long time and have experience. They know what it takes to stay on top.

The majority of fashion designers are also going to work full-time schedules. Once in a while you may find some that only work part-time. This could be because of their scheduling needs or because they are just an entry-level designer. There are also a lot of times when designers will have to work overtime and hectic hours in order to meet a specific deadline for a project