The first in my series of fashion jobs has officially arrived on your doorstep, starting with the most obvious fashion job. Fashion designer. The designer is the fashion maker, without fashion designers there’d be no fashion. Fortunately there’s no shortage of designers in the market, but there aren’t enough jobs for everyone this means that employees can charge a low salary for such a high skilled job in 2012 the average starting salary for a designer was £16,935 moving up to £32,533 when looking at all designer posts in London.
As a fashion designer you will either work Freelance or for a fashion house that will either sell ready-to-wear or bespoke designs. Bespoke is one off creations made to a clients specifications and measurements, they can also be designs from a line made up in a client’s measurements. Bespoke is high skill and requires top notch pattern cutting skills. Ready-to-wear tends to be a high street store specializing in womenswear; menswear, sportswear, childrens… you get the picture. But also the luxury brands that make bespoke designs will also create ready-to-wear lines as this is their main source of income, you will most likely be working in a team designing for mass manufacture and will have to work from a trend forecasting book then make presentations to the creative director.
Key Skills and Interests:
- Creative but also needs to be able to be creative within constraints.
- Able to Identify and Predict trends
- Sewing and construction skills
- Drawing/illustration (Don’t worry too much on this one, a simple sketch will usually do)
- Understanding of patterns
- Problem solving skills
So what should you think about doing? Well the first route is education, and believe me, you’re never too old for education. The typical education level for entry is a Bachelor’s Degree which usually requires three years (possible a teeny weeny bit more) at university. If that’s not enough (or simply not your cup of tea), then internships and apprenticeships are the next step. Internships and apprenticeships are as competitive as a job, and requires perseverance. So update that CV and start searching!
Best of luck xoxo
I’m down to a whisper in a daydream.
We all love fashion, it engages with us like nothing else does. We use it to express ourselves and it is now fundamental to our happiness, to look the way we want to be seen. 232,000 people attend fashion week each year. We all want to get into fashion and dig right in and be paid to do what we love, but how many jobs are there for all of us studying our butts off trying dreaming of getting involved.
The uk fashion and textiles industry employs 600,000 people, this makes the uk the third largest fashion employer in the world. So why are we all so drawn to this profession and where do you fit in this industry?
Starting next friday I’m going to look into the different jobs in fashion and feed you all that I find, including the traits of people who can do these jobs. Lets face it, we all have our strengths and weaknesses.
Lets find our place together. xoxo
Good evening my beautiful readers and what a good day it has been.
I want to tell you all that I plan to organize this blog within the first quarter of the new year. I want you to expect more fashion from me, and if I don’t deliver then you may damn well tell me about it.
That’s all, I’ll see you tomorrow. xoxo
Well, two days in and it’s been a great year already. Like most of you, I woke up with a previously unrivalled hangover (I’m sure my 20th birthday will give it a run for it’s money.) to a pile of work that I have yet to finish and no idea where to start.
I may have yet to finish up, but it is my duty to all of you, our great community, to wish you all the best. You are all so amazing, you have given me so much strength to fight every time I gave up on myself and you haven’t even said a word (thank goodness for that). Thank you for being there for me, and if you ever want to chat with me, you know where to find me, I’m not nearly as anti-social as I tell, you I am :).
Happy new year xoxo