8 Steps to Becoming a Fashion Designer
Step 6: Know what employers want.
Demand is increasing for stylish clothing that is affordable, especially among middle-income consumers. This will increase the need for fashion designers among apparel wholesalers. However, job opportunities in cut and sew manufacturing will continue to decline as apparel is increasingly manufactured overseas. But keep in mind that employment of fashion designers will not decline as quickly because firms are more likely to keep design work in-house. The best job opportunities will be in design firms that design mass-market clothing sold in department stores and retail chain stores. Few employment opportunities are expected in design firms that cater to high-end department stores and specialty boutiques as demand for expensive, high-fashion designs has declined.