Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-1022 Fashion Designers
Design clothing and accessories. Create original garments or design garments that follow well established fashion trends. May develop the line of color and kinds of materials.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments. Examine sample garments on and off models; then modify designs to achieve desired effects. Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements. Confer with sales and management executives or with clients in order to discuss design ideas. Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals in order to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences. Select materials and production techniques to be used for products. Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows. Adapt other designers' ideas for the mass market. Purchase new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs. Visit textile showrooms to keep up-to-date on the latest fabrics. Collaborate with other designers to coordinate special products and designs.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
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