Fashion Designers plan, design and develop clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

Specialisations: Costume Designer.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in applied fashion design and merchandising, creative arts or textiles is needed to work as a Fashion Designer. Putting together a portfolio might help you showcase your skills.

Tasks

  • Determines objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
  • Does product research and analyses functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements.
  • Formulates design concepts for clothing.
  • Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts.
  • Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and manufacturing staff.
  • Selects, specifies and recommends functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture.
  • Details and documents selected designs for production.
  • Prepares and commissions prototypes and samples.

More about Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

All Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Fashion Designers

  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 86% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fashion Designers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 3,400 in 2011 to 3,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Fashion Designers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade33.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services26.2
Manufacturing20.0
Wholesale Trade12.2
Other Industries8.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFashion DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.831.6
VIC42.725.6
QLD11.420.0
SA3.27.0
WA6.010.8
TAS0.52.0
NT0.21.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFashion DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.05.0
20-248.7-9.39.3
25-3438.7-22.922.9
35-4425.8-22.022.0
45-5417.0-21.621.6
55-595.0-9.09.0
60-642.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFashion DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma29.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.3-21.121.1
Year 1212.7-18.118.1
Year 111.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.6-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in applied fashion design and merchandising, creative arts or textiles is needed to work as a Fashion Designer. Putting together a portfolio might help you showcase your skills.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Textiles, Clothing & Footwear and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers who are creative, can self-manage and are motivated.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Technical design

    54% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. Production and processing

    48% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Sales and marketing

    47% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    95% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Unstructured work

    94% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  3. Electronic mail

    94% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Letters and memos

    91% Important

    Write letters and memos.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1022.00 - Fashion Designers.

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