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Fashion Designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. A fashion designer could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. Designers often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear.

Designers may work to their own brief, or be given a brief to work towards specifying colour, fabric and budget. This role suits somebody creative and passionate about fashion with their own ideas and a good eye for colour and shape. A designer would have pattern cutting and sewing skills.

Designers may spend the day creating & visualising an idea by hand or on the computer, sometimes working closely with others such as Buyers and Forecasters to develop products to meet a brief.

They also source, select and buy fabrics, fastenings, embellishments and trims. They may also negotiate with customers and suppliers and oversee production of a new design.

Lucy Sampson, Assistant Menswear Designer, Next

"My role at Next is really varied with a huge creative focus, as you’d expect.  The most exciting element is the travel and I love going to new cities to find inspiration and see what trends are out there.  This helps the creative process and it’s comp trips like this that help to inspire us when we create mood boards for a new range, alongside forecasting sites such as WSGN.  We use computer software such as CAD to create a design concept, sending detail instructions to suppliers to make a prototype sample.  The best things are the job are seeing my designs in-store or on the high street, and knowing that something I have created is a top 10 best seller."