Fashion Designer

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Fashion designers create designs for clothes, accessories and shoes. They may design a wide range of goods or specialise in particular areas.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for design assistants in the UK tend to be in the range of £16,000 to £18,000 a year rising to around £25,000 a year with experience. Senior designers can earn around £42,000 or more, with top designers earning over £85,000 a year or more.

Some fashion designers work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work and their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. A very few do earn very high incomes.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

Entry to this career is very competitive. Most jobs are in the London area. You may find jobs advertised in the press, particularly the fashion press. There are specialist recruitment agencies which might help you find a job.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

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