Fashion Designer 101

The Road to Success


  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in art, design, fashion merchandising, or fashion design
  • Post-secondary institution accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design


  1. strong background in basic visual art and design
  2. study textiles and fabrics
  3. detailed understanding of how apparel production and distribution works
  4. cultural and psychological roles of fashion in society
  5. fashion advertising, merchandising and even costume design
  6. using computer-aided fashion design programs
  7. innate creativity and artistic ability
  8. strong communication skills
  9. an eye for detail
  10. the ability to predict or anticipate consumer trends


Entry- $33,580

Top- $127,190

Average- $73,570

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Works Cited

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Scott, Gaelyn. "Fashion Licensing: Three Cases Involving Fashion and Trademarks." Licensing Journal Jan. 2015: 32. Academic OneFile. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.