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How to become a Fashion Designer

If you have an interest in fashion you might think of a career in a fashion design. That’s a smart choice. Fashion designers use their creativity and technical skills to create varieties of accessories, clothing and footwear by sketching fabrics, patterns, designs and providing instructions on how to make products. Also designers study the industry to stay informed of current trends and be able to create the future ones. Becoming a fashion designer you need to go a long way. So, below you’ll find tips helping to create your own path to a fashion designer career.


Requirements for becoming a fashion designer:

Degree Level:

High school diploma, bachelor’s or master’s degree

Degree name:

Fashion design, Marketing or another business – related subject

Key skills:

  • An eye for colour, texture and pattern;

  • Creativity and imagination;

  • The ability to visualize things in three dimensions;

  • Highly motivated;

  • Technical skills in areas such as pattern cutting, grading and garment construction;

  • To enjoy following trends in fashion, clothing and footwear.

The challenges:

  • To succeed;

  • Always be on top of innovation and trends;

  • To do more work with less money.

Educational requirements

Now when you are on your way of becoming a fashion designer it is important to gain an education in this sphere. Plan your studies as your daily life. There are two ways for your choosing your studies, you can take associate‘s degree programs in fashion design that last 2 years or take bachelor‘s degree programs that last four years. Associate‘s degree programs give you the opportunity to get acquainted with tailoring, sewing, technical design skills while bachelor‘s programs offer more extensive career training, fashion drawing, 3-D design, colour theory, textiles and many other interesting trainings. Bachelor’s and associate degree programs in fashion design are offered at many colleges, universities and private art and design schools. A very smart thing to do is to supplement a fashion design degree with a business or marketing degree. This offer is for those who intend to start their own design companies or shops.

Decide in which designing field you are interested in

Have you ever thought of sewing a wedding dress for a princess of Great Britain or a costume for a prince? That‘s where is your answer, you need to decide what type of designing you need to take under for the rest of your life. You also need to decide on a few subset areas for the beginning for your fashion design. Don‘t overextend yourself and start from the beginning with one area and then experiment with it. That takes time but it helps you to make a decision. Take a look at several design areas below:

  • Women’s daywear, women’s evening wear

  • Men’s daywear, men’s evening wear

  • Boys’ wear and/or girls’ wear; teenage wear

  • Knitwear

  • Bridal wear

  • Accessories

  • Outdoor, adventure, outerwear

  • Sportswear/fitness/leisure wear

  • Costume design for theatre, movies, the advertising industry and retailers.

Gain experience

The best way to gain experience is through internship programs, which are often offered for graduation bachelor’s degree programs. These programs are available at design firms and retail businesses and they allow to apply your fashion knowledge and skills to the company‘s design efforts of experienced designers. Three in one – work, worldwide experience and fashion. That is all you need to become a great fashion designer!

Additional qualifications

Qualifications to become a good fashion designer include many different things in the broadest way and at the same in the narrow way, such as a sense of balance and proportion, an appreciation for beauty or computer drafting skills, the knowledge of sewing and tailoring, too. Be observant, that employers tend to prefer designers with retail or sales experience, which perfectly apply to the marketing aspects. Most of the time designers constantly work with various industry professionals equally it is important to have good communication and collaboration skills.

Plan some key tips

Let’s think in which part of designing you are stronger? Accessories? Skirts? Or yoga pants? Your passion and skills have to match each other. It‘s great that you are interested in creating yoga pants for example, but think what market wants. The combination of these two things are the best of getting a success!

Be realistic

Being realistic means to understand that it‘s pointless trying to sell your yoga pants to people who want dresses instead. You need to focus on where your market is and then work out in that way which is the best for you to live and work. Remember that seasonality also impacts your fashion designing, always be on mode.

Create your portfolio

Portfolio is very vital for looking a job. It‘s your chance to market yourself and your work. Your portfolio should contain your best works and highlight your skills. Use a high – quality binder to show that you take yourself as a serious designer. Include following in your portfolio:

  • Hand-drawn sketches or photographs of these sketches

  • Mood or concept pages

  • Colour or textile presentation pages

  • Computer-drawn designs

  • Any other pieces that fairly reflect what you’re capable of doing and evolving into

  • Resumé

Have you ever wondered your dreams come true? Things happen.


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