Clothing, Fashion and Accessories Designers

Clothing, fashion and accessories designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new clothing and related fashion accessories.


New workers

New workers start around £15,000. Normal pay is £27,601 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £51,074.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 27,616 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.

  • Oversees production of sample and/or finished product or produces one-off products for fashion shows.

  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect.

  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.

  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories.

  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of clothing or related fashion accessory.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Textiles

  • New Product Development

  • Fashion Design

  • Mood Boards

  • Merchandising

  • Garment Construction

  • Marketing

  • Product Design

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Research

  • Sales

  • Innovation

  • Collections

  • Presentations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Customer Service

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.