An associate fashion designer comes up with fashion designs for clothing and accessories. Some positions are full-time or part-time, while others are temporary or freelance. Teamwork is important, as a design team often works together to come up with fashion concepts. It is important to be creative and to have an eye for fashion and innovation. The fashion designer may be given a concept that needs to be developed, or he or she may be expected to come up with fresh concepts.
Strong presentation skills are important in order to present design presentations. Keeping up to date with new and popular fashion trends is important. Strong research skills are important to obtain knowledge about trending colors, concepts, and materials. Research may be done online, via consumer surveys, or by reading magazines and keeping an eye on the competition. Some travel may be required in order to research trends, attend trade shows, and purchase materials. The associate fashion designer should be able to create handmade fashion sketches. In some positions, computer designs may also be necessary. Sometimes, the fashion designer may also be responsible for making prototypes come to realization, so skills such as sewing will come in handy.
Many positions require a bachelor’s degree in fashion. Though some of the work is done on a team, it is also important to be able to work on tasks independently and to be able to adhere to time constraints. Some experience may be required, though there are entry-level and intern positions available.
Associate Fashion Designer Tasks
Assist in all areas of design, including sketching and mock ups.
Contribute to creating multiple seasonal lines at the same time.
Keep product development on track and in line with development schedule.
Research trends and suggest designs in line with trends and brand.