Think a career as a fashion designer is all about glamour? Think again! Being a designer is a highly demanding, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week job. As a designer, you have your hands in every step, from sketching the designs, overseeing pattern making, choosing fabric, buttons and trim, and managing the production process. Designers are also involved in directing fashion shows, as well as advertising and marketing campaigns, and working with models, stylists, makeup artists, hairdressers, photographers and event planners to execute their vision and build their brand personality.
– Robin Kay, President, Fashion Design Council of Canada
- Positions in apparel manufacturing including design, production or marketing
- Costume designer for film, theatre or television
- Entrepreneur with fashion design company
- Accessories (footwear, jewelry, etc.) designer
- Wardrobe consulting
- Curatorial/conservation work
You’ll probably start out as a fashion assistant in the design departments of an established label. With talent and a soupcon of luck, you can work your way up to lead designer – or open your own design house.
Like many professions, salaries for Fashion Designers depend largely on what you’re doing and where you’re doing it. If you design for an international label, or create your own coveted label, you can make a super-status salary. But the average Fashion Designer earns a more modest living. PayScale.com reports that the median salary range for Fashion Design is from $37,082 to $57,324. This range reflects all people working in Canada – chances are, people working in major urban centres will make slightly more.
SUCCESSFUL FASHION DESIGNERS ARE
– Robin Kay
- In love with fashion
- Creative and artistic
- Able to thrive in a high-pressure environment
- Team players
- Business oriented
- Good communicators