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DESIGNER/ENTREPRENEUR: Putting Her Print Work Into Dress Designs

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Mathilde, a clothing designer and entrepreneur, spends her typical day choosing fabric, designing garments, and making clothing samples. She contracts several seamstresses to create her garments, as well as a pattern maker and a printer. She was studying medicine and creating art on the side, but she decided to utilize her prints in fashion designs. She tells us that she never realized how much physical labor was involved in this kind of work, which can be quite taxing.

Degree: Design
Job Title: Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur
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='60550'>cut</span> <span m='60780'>the</span> <span m='60870'>fabric.</span> <span m='61510'>And</span> <span m='62730'>the</span> <span m='62890'>seamstress</span> <span m='63200'>that</span> <span m='63350'>I</span> <span m='63600'>work</span> <span m='63900'>with</span> <span m='64250'>sews</span> <span m='64629'>better</span> <span m='64900'>than</span> <span m='65110'>I</span> <span m='65239'>do,</span> <span m='65680'>so</span> <span m='66400'>then</span> <span m='67010'>the</span> <span m='67090'>finished</span> <span m='67460'>product</span> <span m='69310'>looks</span> <span m='69670'>much</span> <span m='69900'>nicer.</span> </p><p><span m='70800'>I</span> <span m='71140'>work</span> <span m='71550'>with</span> <span m='71750'>multiple</span> <span m='73130'>independent</span> <span m='73570'>contractors,</span> <span m='74580'>and</span> <span m='75240'>so</span> <span m='76450'>typically</span> <span m='76970'>I'm</span> <span m='77100'>in</span> <span m='77220'>my</span> 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