Fashion Designer

Average Salary: £25,000 - £30,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Ralph Lauren, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfield are amongst some of the best Fashion Designers alive today. It’s every Fashion Designer’s dream to reach those heights, although not everyone will agree on their styles. But that’s the beauty of fashion! As a Fashion Designer, you’ll bring your own style in designing clothes and fashion ranges.


Typically, you’ll strut your stuff specialising in one area of clothing, such as menswear, footwear or sportswear to name a few. Which could either be in the haute couture, ready-to-wear or high street sectors. Although there are many different areas of fashion you can work in as a Fashion Designer, you’ll usually have the following job responsibilities:

  • Creating concepts and ideas based on the design brief
  • Producing preliminary sketches of designs either by hand or using design software
  • Making patterns and toiles for designs
  • Sourcing and buying the fabrics and trims from suppliers
  • Adapting the existing designs for mass production
  • Overseeing the making up of sample clothing items
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest fashion trends

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Fashion Designer should:

  • Have excellent drawing skills, by hand and on design software
  • Be creative, innovative and have flair
  • Have strong communication skills, being able to present ideas clearly
  • Be highly organised and have good time management skills
  • Possess an eye for colour and a great fashion sense

Entry Routes

A career as a Fashion Designer is open to all graduates. Though, this career is not just for anyone who thinks they have a good fashion sense! Employers will look for relevant technical skills and therefore prefer graduates who have studied a degree in Fashion, Textiles or even Graphic Design. Going onto further study and doing a Masters in Fashion or Textiles, would definitely increase your chances when looking for a job. Learning the following design software may also help:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

As always, relevant work experience is vital. So be prepared to sacrifice those summer holidays to Magaluf, for internships, summer placements or even volunteering. It’ll be a different kind of fun, but definitely worth it!

Job Progression

Assistant Designer

Fashion Designer

Senior Fashion Designer

Creative Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Creativity – You have the freedom to express your ideas
  • Satisfaction – It’s always great to see people wearing something that you’ve designed
  • Travel – There are lots of opportunities to travel to different places

The Bad

  • Criticism – It’s a role that involves taking a lot of criticism
  • Reputation – Can take a very long time to build a good reputation
  • Market – The competitiveness of the market means you’re pressured to always keep ahead of the game