What does a fashion designer do?

Fashion designers are responsible for producing original ideas for the creation of garments and accessories. From clothing and footwear to fashion accessories such as handbags and jewellery, fashion designers are responsible for designing certain fashion items in line with briefs, seasonal changes, niches within the industry and current runway trends. In doing so, fashion designers will be required to illustrate and design outfit ideas, sample and choose materials and fabrics, liaise with clients and teams involved in the production process.

Tasks:

  • Keep abreast of seasonal and runway trends
  • Meet concept and production deadlines
  • Conceive original fashion ideas
  • Illustrate and design outfits and garment pieces
  • Choose relevant fabrics and textiles

What skills do I need to be a fashion designer?

Fashion designing is a creative and hands-on career. It requires an ability to constantly create and transform ideas based on current trends whilst balancing this with the reality of budgets and the production phase. Fashion designers also need to juggle creative deadlines whilst liaising with clients with the aim of meeting their briefs. The fashion industry is a high stakes industry requiring cutting edge creativity and the ability to network and communicate with people.

Skills/attributes
  • Passionate about fashion
  • Good communication skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to sew
  • Ability to experiment and coordinate colours and textiles

Specialisations

Being a fashion designer will give you insight into the phases and processes involved in the fashion industry. With your experience as a fashion designer, you can choose to branch out into other specialisations within the industry.

Fashion coordinator

Fashion coordinators specialise in the marketing aspects of the fashion industry. They will often liaise with and advise fashion houses and retailers on the best marketing strategies to ensure that current fashion ranges are seen and purchased by the public.

Window dresser

Window dressers have the unique ability to display items of clothing and seasonal ranges in public spaces. Window dressers, who are also known as visual merchandisers, usually working alongside store owners, and will provide ideas and strategies to help successfully market and display items of clothing within the store or shop front.

Wardrobe consultant

Your unique ability to create outfits can also translate into working as a wardrobe consultant within the film industry. The wardrobe department are responsible for adding authenticity and depth to fictional worlds or bygone eras by designing costumes, sourcing appropriate outfits, and helping filmmakers visually convey a sense of character.

Study pathways for beauticians

If you are interested in a career in fashion designing there are a number of study paths that will help you gain the skills and knowledge required to work within this fast-paced and competitive industry.

Getting Started

Choose a course that will get you started on your way.

Skill Building

Work at your craft and develop industry specific skills through the application of your studies.

Professional Development

Improve your chances of making an impact in the industry with accreditations and a portfolio of work.

Industry Recognition

Get your head start by completing the necessary qualifications and developing your own personal body of work.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your design career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to fashion design jobs.

Job Prospects and Salaries

The rapidly evolving nature of the fashion industry requires constant growth and transformation to meet industry related trends. There is forecasted to be a strong level of growth in future employment opportunities.