Senior fashion designers work in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment in which they must be aware of emerging trends. As senior designers, they also must communicate observations on trends to the fashion designers working beneath them, as the senior designer holds a managerial position as well.
To reach a senior fashion designer position, one must demonstrate a mastery of all the design skills held by lower-level designers; even after reaching the senior level, senior designers still use their design skills regularly. Regardless of what is being designed, which may include all forms of clothing, shoes, and accessories, hand-sketching of designs and computer aided drafting (CAD) are required to communicate their vision to other designers and create a blueprint of the product to be created. Additionally, a senior fashion designer must be able to analyze the work of designers they oversee, modifying blueprints to produce an end product. Strong communication skills are essential in this position, as it will often to be necessary to communicate the adjustments necessary to bring designs to life in a timely, cost-efficient manner.
Apart from the mastery of skills and experience necessary to become a senior fashion designer, many have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, art, graphic design, or a related field, as well as internship experience with more experienced designers. Generally, fashion designers work indoors in studios, offices, and workshops; senior fashion designers regularly leave the actual design area to meet with upper management within their companies and clients for whom they are working on designs.