The process of designing and crafting clothes — whether in large lines or as individual items — requires both visual creativity and a strong technical knowledge of textiles, color and garment construction. From ready-to-wear to haute couture, fashion designers are the creators, makers and leaders who fuel our imaginations and wardrobes. Along with sketching and conceptualizing product lines, designers need to constantly stay on top of industry news and trends to be able to forecast future styles.
Although a small amount of designers become household names, most anonymously create the designs behind other labels. The majority work in the apparel hubs of New York and Los Angeles. Fashion designers usually have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and gain industry experience through internships and assistant positions. Jobs for designers are expected to increase around 1% by 2028.