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
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.
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.
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.
Fashion designers need to be :
creative and imaginative
motivated and dedicated
able to work well under pressure
accurate, with an eye for detail.
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).
Fashion designers need to have normal colour vision and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).