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DESIGNER/ENTREPRENEUR, IN-DEPTH: Seeing A Happy Customer In My Clothing

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Mathilde, a clothing designer and entrepreneur, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that she loves seeing a customer happy with her clothing that they are wearing, but running her own business can be very difficult because she has a lot to juggle and must work very long hours. She is hoping that her load will lighten once her business becomes more established.

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

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