Assistant fashion designers are responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of new fashion products, as well as updating previous designs. They typically work under the supervision of a fashion designer and specialize in a particular area of design, such as skirts, sweaters, or (more generally) women’s apparel.
Using existing product designs and overall brand style, assistant fashion designers help in all stages of the fashion design process, from silhouette and initial art to design boards and illustrations to trimming. They create initial sketches using ideas brainstormed in creative sessions with the fashion design team, working by hand or using design software. Once a sketch is approved and brought to the fitting stage, they attend fitting sessions and use feedback for possible design revisions. In addition to creating new products, assistant fashion designers modify existing designs and sketches to produce updated products that maintain the brand’s position in the market.
Assistant fashion designers generally work in an office environment during regular business hours, with the possibility of overtime for important projects. A typical day for an assistant fashion designer involves sketching new and updated designs, reviewing their work with senior fashion designers and other product teams, and attending fitting sessions to see their finished products and make adjustments to their designs. Research into current fashion trends is also required to ensure the brand keeps up with trends and competitors.
Assistant fashion designers are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree in fashion or have equivalent experience. Some experience in the field is typically desired. A proficiency in design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is required.
Assistant Fashion Designer Tasks
- Prepare for and attend buy meetings and fittings, and assist with physical tasks and time management.
- Identify and research current clothing, fabric, color and market trends.
- Create specifications for products and fabrics, including dimensions and sketches.
- Draw clothing products, design sketches and patterns with graphic software.
- Work with factory to produce, assess the quality of, and fit samples.