Fashion Designer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for fashion designers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Junior fashion designers with up to three years' experience usually earn between $42,000 and $50,000 a year.
  • Intermediate fashion designers with four to six years' experience can earn between $50,000 and $75,000.
  • Senior fashion designers with more than seven years' experience or designers who work with large companies can earn between $75,000 and $160,000.
  • Self-employed fashion designers may earn less than this.

    Source : New Zealand Fashion Tech 2017; Competenz, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Fashion designers may do all or some of the following :

  • create or update fashion designs
  • prepare drawings of the designs
  • adapt patterns to a new style or create new patterns
  • select and buy fabrics or have fabrics developed
  • estimate how much the work will cost
  • inspect the quality of garments
  • plan clothing production methods
  • market garments.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Clothing designers need to have knowledge of :

  • current clothing styles and trends
  • the history of fashion
  • design and drawing techniques
  • fabric types, colours and fabric care
  • sewing and tailoring techniques
  • garment construction and pattern-making techniques
  • different body shapes
  • computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Fashion designers :

  • may work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • work in offices, workshops, factories or clothing shops
  • may travel to different factory sites and to local or overseas fashion shows.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a fashion designer you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Fashion Technology (Level 5), which you can study through a course provider or apprenticeship.

    Some course providers may require you to have a New Zealand Certificate in Fashion Technology (Level 3) and work experience before you can study for the diploma.

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths, processing technologies, and painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined.

    Personal requirements

    Fashion designers need to be :

  • creative and imaginative
  • motivated and dedicated
  • adaptable
  • able to work well under pressure
  • accurate, with an eye for detail.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for fashion designers includes :

  • sewing, fabric cutting or patternmaking experience
  • experience as a garment technician
  • fashion buying experience
  • clothing factory or workroom experience
  • draughting or computer-aided design (CAD).
  • Physical requirements

    Fashion designers need to have normal colour vision and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

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