Career Opportunities in Fashion Designing

Fashion design career

While leaving school for higher education it is often a tough choice that students find themselves in, especially in figuring out which career path to pursue from here onwards. Well, some might move towards engineering, some towards medical, some set their goals towards dedicating themselves to their motherland, and so forth. 

Amidst, few students have always found art as their medium of expressing themselves to the world. While art encompasses a wide domain, one of its niche areas is fashion designing, which is something that students with a passion for fashion, creativity, style, and trends should consider. 

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Career Opportunities in Fashion Designing

Fashion Design offers many career opportunities for those wishing to advance in this industry. Here are some of the many that can be considered while making a shift towards the fashion industry. 

Fashion Designer

Studying fashion design, the first career path that comes to mind is becoming a well-renowned fashion designer. As a fashion designer, a person can fashion tangible clothing, accessories, footwear designs, home furnishing designs etc. from conceptualised designs.  

The role involves researching fashion trends, sketching designs, and selecting fabrics and other accessories that go on or with the intended product. Along with that knowledge of fabric, sewing, pattern making, and overseeing the production process are the skills required to stay competitive in this market. 

Fashion illustrator

Fashion design at this time has evolved a lot with the help of technology especially in a way of illustrating the designs before actually making them into the final product. Fashion illustrators specialize in creating virtual representations of clothing and accessory design. It involves working closely with the designer and, if applicable, clients to bring their concepts to life through drawing or 2D or 3D illustrations.

Fashion Stylist 

Fashion stylists work with individuals, brands, or publications to create visually appealing outfits for photo shoots, runway shows, or everyday wear. Photographers, videographers, ad agencies, and artists often hire stylists for their specific projects. They have a keen eye for trends and understand how to coordinate clothing and accessories to achieve the desired look. Over time, they tend to become the go-to person in the studio, possessing skills in makeup, dressing, etc 

Fashion Merchandiser

It is often said that the future of a retail company depends on its team of merchandisers. 

Companies hire merchandisers to act as a bridge between all the departments be it manufacturing, marketing,  sales, etc., and deliver the right product to the market in the appropriate time. 

They also analyse customer trends, forecast demand, and develop strategies to maximize sales and profitability for fashion retailers or brands. An active knowledge of the supply chain, product, quality, and manufacturing process is a key to becoming a successful merchandiser.

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Fashion Buyer

Fashion buyers are most similar to fashion merchandisers. The key difference is that while merchandising is more involved in the supply chain of the product, fashion buyers are more inclined towards the needs of the market. The fashion buyers are responsible for the selection of products and product purchases from sources to be incorporated into the seasonal plans. 

Having a strong knowledge of products, and market trends, negotiating with suppliers, making purchasing decisions based on consumer preference and sales data, product selection for the brands they work with, etc. are the keys to becoming a successful buyer. 

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Pattern Master 

This job is more inclined towards the manufacturing of the products. Pattern makers create templates or patterns used in the production of clothing and accessories. They can translate fashion sketches to technical patterns that manufacturers use to construct garments and accessories. It also involves learning software such as CAD and other illustration software, as pattern making is most often done using this software nowadays. 

Textile Designer

The role of textile designers is to create patterns and prints for the fabric that can be used in clothing, accessories and home furnishings. They can work for textile mills, fashion brands or design studios, developing unique prints and textures that reflect current market trends or client preferences.

Fashion Entrepreneur 

Instead of working for someone else, individuals can also choose to start their own fashion label, boutique, online store, studio, etc. This path requires a combination of design skills, business knowledge, marketing savvy, and risk-taking to be successful in this competitive industry.

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Career in Academics 

This is common for all fields and fashion design like others provides a vast space for one's knowledge to grow and share among like-minded individuals. People can pursue higher education, take on various projects and collaborate with institutions to teach the next generation in the field of fashion design. 

Freelance Services 

As the name suggests, people can take on individual jobs for a short period through various online platforms. While the income may not be steady it involves challenges and requires knowledge of a vast domain of products which adds to one's knowledge. 

Social media influencer and fashion blogger 

This might be the last but it is a growing trend as having knowledge of the fashion industry provides a lot of content for the consumers, including styling, designing, social commentary etc. They can change how their followers view products with their reviews and comments. 

They are also able to have media coverage, make promotions and even get involved in fashion shows.  This market is as ever-growing as fashion is and imagination has no limit, but one has to be vigilant on the latest trend else they might miss out on opportunities. 

Knowledge of the fashion market, trends, and fashion communication are the key skills to have to stay competitive. 


This covers most of the diverse career opportunities that one can pursue with fashion design. Depending on one’s interest and skills, there are also opportunities in areas such as fashion journalism, costume design, fashion photography, fashion marketing, fashion consulting etc. There will always be opportunities for one to show his/her interest and skill in this industry but one has to have a strong mindset to survive and thrive in this already crowded and ever-growing industry. 

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Soumyadeep Saha

Soumyadeep Saha holds a Master's Degree in Fashion Technology from NIFT, New Delhi. He is also a graduate in apparel production. His area of interest includes Quality Assurance and technology implementations in Apparel Production.

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