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FASHION DESIGNER: Designs Her Own Original Collections Twice A Year

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Kanjana, a Fashion Designer, goes into details about her career describing what she does and what her day looks like during the off season. She got her start sewing as a little girl after school helping her mother, who worked in a clothing factory of Thailand. When she came to the U.S. she went to Fashion design school to learn how to design her own cloths. Working for someone else can be lots of fun but Kanjana didn't like others taking credit for her work so she decided to open up her own business. It's a lot of work but at the end it's worth it because it's yours.

Degree: Fashion Design
Job Title: Fashion Designer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Fashion Designers

Job Description

Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they designed.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Fashion designers often gain their initial experience in the fashion industry through internships or by working as an assistant designer. Internships provide aspiring fashion designers an opportunity to experience the design process, building their knowledge of textiles, colors, and how the industry works.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Likes working with hands

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m='20970'>pattern.</span> <span m='22210'>And</span> <span m='22380'>then</span> <span m='22700'>I</span> <span m='23060'>cut</span> <span m='23400'>the</span> <span m='23530'>fabric.</span> <span m='24090'>And</span> <span m='24360'>then</span> <span m='24490'>I</span> <span m='24770'>sew.</span> <span m='25090'>And</span> <span m='25290'>to</span> <span m='25380'>make</span> <span m='25620'>the</span> <span m='25720'>whole</span> <span m='25980'>collection</span> <span m='26340'>as</span> <span m='26680'>sample.</span> <span m='27540'>And</span> <span m='27770'>then</span> <span m='28020'>I</span> <span m='28120'>do</span> <span m='28430'>the</span> <span m='29000'>photo</span> <span m='29300'>shoot.</span> </p><p><span m='30110'>It's</span> <span m='30290'>called</span> <span m='30620'>lookbook</span> <span m='31080'>or</span> <span m='31320'>sometimes</span> <span m='31680'>they</span> <span m='31760'>call</span> <span m='31980'>catalog.</span> <span m='32560'>But</span> <span m='32720'>in</span> <span m='33180'>fashion</span> <span m='33420'>world, they</span> <span m='33770'>call</span> <span m='34010'>lookbook.</span> <span m='34730'>So</span> <span m='34830'>I</span> <span m='34950'>bring</span> <span m='35330'>those</span> <span m='35610'>lookbook</span> <span m='36410'>to</span> <span m='36540'>offer</span> <span m='36960'>the</span> <span m='37030'>store</span> <span m='37390'>owners</span> <span m='37960'>or</span> <span m='38100'>the</span> <span m='38240'>buyers.</span> <span m='39150'>And</span> <span m='39800'>I</span> <span m='40180'>sell</span> <span m='40600'>wholesale.</span> <span m='41310'>So</span> <span m='41620'>I</span> <span m='41840'>don't</span> <span m='42040'>dealing</span> <span m='42460'>with</span> <span m='42810'>retail.</span> <span m='43480'>So</span> <span m='43880'>basically,</span> <span m='45055'>they</span> <span m='45460'>buy</span> <span m='46140'>a</span> <span m='46400'>minimum</span> <span m='46820'>amount</span> <span m='47350'>that</span> <span m='48200'>whatever</span> <span m='48660'>I</span> <span m='49480'>set it up</span> <span m='49740'>for</span> <span m='50020'>myself.</span> <span m='51460'>So</span> <span m='51810'>that's</span> <span m='52160'>how</span> <span m='52490'>it</span> <span m='52640'>goes.</span> </p><p><span m='53570'>Typical</span> <span m='53830'>day</span> <span m='54155'>look</span> <span m='54480'>like</span> <span m='56450'>nothing</span> <span m='57180'>much</span> <span m='57850'>depend</span> <span m='58360'>on</span> <span m='58610'>what</span> <span m='58930'>season</span> <span m='59500'>and</span> <span m='60190'>stuff</span> <span m='60400'>like</span> <span m='60560'>that.</span> <span m='60900'>But</span> <span m='60970'>now</span> <span m='61240'>it's</span> <span m='61950'>doing</span> <span m='63310'>between</span> <span m='63890'>season</span> <span m='64379'>so</span> <span m='64500'>I</span> <span m='65260'>have</span> <span m='65950'>time</span> <span m='66340'>to</span> <span m='67370'>start</span> <span m='67820'>thinking</span> <span m='68200'>about</span> <span m='68430'>next</span> <span m='68680'>season.</span> <span m='69290'>But</span> <span m='69420'>not</span> <span m='69950'>too</span> <span m='70060'>busy</span> <span m='70440'>right</span> <span m='70630'>now.</span> <span m='71140'>I</span> <span m='71280'>come</span> <span m='71520'>from</span> <span m='71730'>Thailand,</span> <span m='72640'>and</span> <span m='73290'>when</span> <span m='73430'>I</span> <span m='73480'>was young</span> <span m='73970'>my</span> <span m='74070'>mom</span> <span m='74380'>was</span> <span m='74990'>working</span> <span m='75450'>in</span> <span m='75650'>the</span> <span m='75950'>clothing</span> <span m='76790'>factory.</span> <span m='77850'>And</span> <span m='78340'>right</span> <span m='78520'>after</span> <span m='78910'>school,</span> <span m='79500'>she</span> <span m='79650'>just</span> <span m='80680'>make</span> <span m='81370'>me</span> <span m='81540'>to</span> <span m='81870'>go</span> <span m='82060'>help</span> <span m='82290'>her out.</span> <span m='82740'>And</span> <span m='82900'>that's</span> <span m='83050'>how</span> <span m='83170'>she</span> <span m='83340'>make</span> <span m='83530'>money.</span> <span m='84170'>So</span> <span m='84470'>that's</span> <span m='84700'>how</span> <span m='84930'>I</span> <span m='85840'>get</span> <span m='86200'>to</span> <span m='86350'>know</span> <span m='86640'>how to</span> <span m='87010'>sew.</span> </p><p><span m='87640'>Then</span> <span m='87890'>it was</span> <span m='88190'>a little.</span> <span m='88830'>And</span> <span m='89270'>then</span> <span m='89570'>when</span> <span m='90020'>I</span> <span m='90040'>moved</span> <span m='90300'>here</span> <span m='90610'>in</span> <span m='90670'>2002,</span> <span m='92400'>I</span> <span m='92520'>went</span> <span m='92860'>to</span> <span m='93580'>school</span> <span m='95590'>design</span> <span m='96030'>school</span> <span m='96300'>in</span> <span m='97040'>San</span> <span m='97200'>Francisco.</span> <span m='98290'>And</span> <span m='98520'>then</span> <span m='98690'>I take</span> <span m='99110'>fashion</span> <span m='99640'>design.</span> <span m='100140'>So</span> <span m='101610'>from</span> <span m='102150'>the</span> <span m='102810'>technical</span> <span m='103370'>that</span> <span m='103540'>I</span> <span m='103600'>can</span> <span m='103860'>sew</span> <span m='104270'>and</span> <span m='104400'>pattern</span> <span m='104680'>and</span> <span m='104790'>stuff</span> <span m='105020'>like</span> <span m='105260'>that.</span> <span m='105660'>So I</span> <span m='105770'>learn</span> <span m='106140'>more</span> <span m='106520'>about</span> <span m='106800'>the</span> <span m='106910'>design.</span> <span m='107490'>So</span> <span m='107710'>now</span> <span m='107970'>I</span> <span m='108060'>can</span> <span m='108440'>combined</span> <span m='108980'>it.</span> <span m='109230'>I</span> <span m='109310'>think</span> <span m='109630'>I</span> <span m='109660'>can</span> <span m='109870'>do</span> <span m='109990'>the</span> <span m='110100'>whole</span> <span m='110330'>thing.</span> <span m='111380'>So</span> <span m='111490'>that's</span> <span m='111720'>how</span> <span m='111900'>its starts.</span> </p><p><span m='112910'>So</span> <span m='113040'>much</span> <span m='113280'>word</span> <span m='113750'>and</span> <span m='115130'>if</span> <span m='115626'>you know</span> <span m='116122'>the</span> <span m='116620'>resources</span> <span m='117470'>and</span> <span m='117680'>stuff,</span> <span m='118660'>will</span> <span m='118900'>get</span> <span m='119110'>you</span> <span m='119220'>job</span> <span m='119710'>much</span> <span m='120170'>easier.</span> <span m='120970'>But</span> <span m='121090'>in</span> <span m='121200'>the</span> <span m='121370'>beginning,</span> <span m='122040'>that</span> <span m='122890'>you</span> <span m='123120'>don't</span> <span m='123280'>know</span> <span m='123460'>where</span> <span m='123710'>to</span> <span m='123890'>start</span> <span m='124350'>first.</span> <span m='124720'>It's</span> <span m='125220'>stumbling.</span> <span m='125890'>And</span> <span m='126350'>is</span> <span m='126530'>that</span> <span m='126710'>the</span> <span m='126810'>hardest</span> <span m='127260'>thing.</span> <span m='127750'>But</span> <span m='128100'>now</span> <span m='129530'>you</span> <span m='129650'>know</span> <span m='129810'>I</span> <span m='130150'>know</span> <span m='130360'>everything</span> <span m='130979'>about</span> <span m='132320'>factories,</span> <span m='133740'>resources</span> <span m='134250'>about</span> <span m='134510'>fabric,</span> <span m='135420'>and</span> <span m='135930'>store</span> <span m='136210'>buyer</span> <span m='136810'>contacts,</span> <span m='137610'>stuff</span> <span m='137830'>like</span> <span m='138000'>that.</span> <span m='138370'>So</span> <span m='139310'>it's</span> <span m='139530'>getting</span> <span m='139820'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='140430'>If</span> <span m='140620'>you</span> <span m='140800'>just</span> <span m='141090'>want</span> <span m='141460'>to</span> <span m='141550'>be</span> <span m='141870'>a</span> <span m='141950'>fashion</span> <span m='142430'>design,</span> <span m='143040'>to</span> <span m='143140'>work</span> <span m='143670'>for</span> <span m='143840'>somebody,</span> <span m='145900'>it's</span> <span m='146290'>really</span> <span m='146650'>fun.</span> <span m='147530'>And</span> <span m='148020'>in</span> <span m='148150'>all</span> <span m='148450'>the</span> <span m='149130'>fun</span> <span m='149500'>and</span> <span m='149630'>creative</span> <span m='150040'>and</span> <span m='150200'>stuff</span> <span m='150440'>like</span> <span m='150600'>that.</span> <span m='150830'>But</span> <span m='151030'>sometimes</span> <span m='151610'>creative</span> <span m='152810'>taken</span> <span m='153510'>by the</span> <span m='153670'>owner.</span> <span m='154270'>Which</span> <span m='154550'>is,</span> <span m='154890'>that's</span> <span m='155110'>what</span> <span m='155300'>I feel.</span> <span m='156080'>Before</span> <span m='156510'>I</span> <span m='156810'>used</span> <span m='157010'>to</span> <span m='157110'>work</span> <span m='157310'>for</span> <span m='157430'>someone.</span> <span m='157960'>And</span> <span m='158200'>I</span> <span m='158290'>don't</span> <span m='158950'>feel</span> <span m='159190'>like</span> <span m='159580'>I</span> <span m='159740'>like</span> <span m='160200'>someone</span> <span m='160610'>to</span> <span m='160770'>take</span> <span m='161000'>my</span> <span m='161170'>stuff</span> <span m='162030'>and</span> <span m='162320'>use</span> <span m='162480'>their</span> <span m='162690'>name</span> <span m='163200'>instead.</span> <span m='163970'>So</span> <span m='164240'>that's</span> <span m='164440'>why</span> <span m='164660'>I started</span> <span m='164990'>my</span> <span m='165130'>own</span> <span m='165400'>company.</span> <span m='166140'>But</span> <span m='166670'>having</span> <span m='167120'>your</span> <span m='167300'>own</span> <span m='167680'>company</span> <span m='168330'>is</span> <span m='168950'>a</span> <span m='169050'>lot</span> <span m='169280'>of</span> <span m='169380'>work.</span> <span m='170210'>But</span> <span m='173010'>it's worth it.</span> <span m='173520'>The</span> <span m='173680'>feeling</span> <span m='174140'>that</span> <span m='174350'>you</span> <span m='174480'>have</span> <span m='175570'>end</span> <span m='175790'>of</span> <span m='175930'>the</span> <span m='176060'>day</span> <span m='176470'>is</span> <span m='176670'>yours.</span> <span m='177610'>So</span> <span m='177920'>it's</span> <span m='178090'>worth</span> <span m='178380'>it.</span> 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