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Looking for an entry level job or internship in fashion? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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My favorite day in elementary school was “opposite day.” On that day we were supposed to wear clothes with as many different clashing patterns as possible. And while I’d like to think my horizontally stripped sweater and red and green plaid pants looked great together, it’s probably time that I admit I’m no Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and The City. But if you love stylish high heels like her, have a great eye for color and detail, or simply have an interest in creating clothing, you should consider being a fashion designer. Apparel designers are responsible for conceptualizing and making garments.

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Fashion Design Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Fashion Designer Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Fashion Designer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Fashion Designer
  4. Best Locations for Fashion Designers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Fashion Designer
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Fashion Design
  7. Fashion Design Resources
  8. Careers Related to Fashion Design
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Fashion Design

What a Fashion Designer Does

A fashion designer creates clothes, jewelry, shoes, and/or accessories that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. To do this they design garment combinations of line, proportion, color, and texture from a wide range of materials, colors, patterns and styles. They take into account many factors like who might wear the clothes and in what situation.

A Typical Day for a Fashion Designer

A typical day for a fashion designer might involve studying trends or finding target markets by attending a fashion show or reviewing trade magazines. Then they might design ideas with clients. Later they might sketch out some ideas for new garments on paper and writing specifications like color schemes, construction types, and materials. After that they test out some of the sketches by draping fabric on a dress form. Once they’re happy with the fit, they will work with a pattern maker to create a finished version of the pattern and then test the final design on a model.

Salary and Career Progression for a Fashion Designer

A fashion designer typically makes between $30,000 and $98,000 per year, although beginners earn closer to $20,000 to $50,000 annually. After 20 years of experience, the median salary range increases to around $40,000 to $180,000. There is high salary potential in this field, but it might take awhile to get there. Common future jobs include chief fashion designer ($30,000-$195,000), technical designer, apparel designer ($32,000-$86,000), and product development manager ($45,000-$128,000).

Best Locations for Fashion Designers

The cities with the highest salaries for fashion designers now are:

Pros and Cons of Being a Fashion Designer

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What You Need to Know for a Career in Fashion Design

Most fashion designers have an associates degree or a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Important areas of training include color, textiles, fashion history and computer-aided design (CAD). Sewing and pattern-making skills, an eye for color and detail, and sketching ability are also important. It’s also a great idea to try to get a relevant internship.

Fashion Design Resources

If fashion design still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Careers Related to Fashion Design


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Fashion

BustedTees Logo

BustedTees - BustedTees is a New York, NY based t-shirt company that was started by the same team as CollegeHumor.

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No current job openings.

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Piece & Co. - Piece & Co. is a Chicago based social enterprise that partners with fashion/retail brands to have female artisans "create beautiful, handmade products and accessories."

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Fashion Update - Fashion Update is a New York, NY based company that offers tours that will help you “find designer name merchandise for less than a fraction of the retail cost.”

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StyleCaster Media Group - StyleCaster Media Group is based in NYC and aims “to bring style to the people, empowering millions of readers to discover and share their style.”

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Vince - Vince is a New York, NY based fashion brand that offers a “collection of iconic essentials that women and men would want to wear every day.”

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Stitcher - Stitcher is a San Francisco, CA based company that lets you access “over 20,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android or PC–anytime, anywhere.”

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Tradesy - Tradesy is a Santa Monica, CA based marketplace for new and gently used fashion that can “turn your closet into cash.”

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No current job openings.

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RocksBox - RocksBox is a San Francisco, CA based company that lets you “experiment with different looks, discover the latest designers, and only buy the jewelry that you truly love.”

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Job TitleLocation
Marketing Analytics InternSan Francisco, CA
Operations AssociateSan Francisco, CA
College Brand ManagerSan Francisco Bay Area, CA
Remote Stylist - Part TimeSan Francisco, CA
College Brand ManagerSan Francisco, CA
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Reformation - Reformation is an LA based “environmentally sustainable fashion brand that repurposes vintage and surplus materials to create a chic, limited edition collection.”

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Todd Snyder - Todd Snyder is a New York, NY based men’s fashion brand that is inspired “by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility.”

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No current job openings.

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Arc’teryx - Arc'teryx is a Vancouver, BC based company that merges “unrivaled designs with the best quality, highest performing materials" to keep you warm.

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Jockey International - Jockey International is a Kenosha, WI based company that aims “to satisfy the human need for comfort” by offering more than 600 styles of underwear and t-shirts.

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Lilly Pulitzer - Lilly Pulitzer is a King of Prussia, PA based fashion brand and retailer that is known for its over the top, colorful prints.

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Black Diamond Equipment - Black Diamond Equipment is a Salt Lake City, UT based company that is “all about climbing and skiing.”

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Job TitleLocation
Engineering InternStockton, CA
FF&E Corporate BuyerLas Vegas, NV
FF&E BuyerSan Francisco, CA
Buyer FF&EReno, NV
Process Validator (QE)United States
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Resistol - Resistol is a Garland, TX based company that sells about a million hats a year, which makes them the largest headwear manufacturer in the world.

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No current job openings.

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Volcom - Volcom is a San Clemente, CA based “designer, marketer and distributor of premium quality young men’s and young women’s clothing, accessories and related products.”

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Kevia - Kevia is a Portland, OR based company that offers “handcrafted sustainable jewelry” that is inspired by the natural world.

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No current job openings.

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C. Wonder - NYC based C. Wonder offers "clothing, accessories and home decor products of outstanding quality and astonishing value in a setting that excites and inspires.”

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Charming Charlie - Charming Charlie is a Houston, TX based “fashion accessories retailer” with more than 200 stores across the country.

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DNA Footwear Logo

DNA Footwear - DNA Footwear is a Brooklyn, NY shoe retailer that is now working to be “the top online destination for today’s latest trends in the world of footwear.”

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Fancy Logo

Fancy - Fancy is an NYC based company that allows you to "discover, collect and buy from a crowd-curated catalog of amazing goods, wonderful places and great stores."

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Trumaker - Trumaker is a San Francisco, CA based e-commerce and men's fashion upstart that makes “it easy to get shirts made just for you.”

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Job TitleLocation
Menswear Personal Styling/SalesSeattle, WA
CopywriterSan Francisco, CA
Product ManagerSan Francisco, CA
Customer Experience AssociateSan Francisco, CA
Sales Operations AssociateSan Francisco, CA
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Kramerica Industries - Kramerica Industries is a New York, NY based energy, fashion, food, tourism, and housing conglomerate that is in the business of thinking up new ventures.

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No current job openings.

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PureWow - PureWow is based in NYC and offers a "free daily email for stylish women of substance, featuring the very best in culture, fashion, travel, tech & so much more!"

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Lumi Logo

Lumi - Lumi is a Los Angeles, CA based company that has developed “a revolutionary photographic print process for textiles and natural materials.”

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Glossybox Logo

Glossybox - Glossybox is a New York, NY based company that offers subscription boxes with “exclusive cosmetic samples and perfume samples from the best makeup brands online.”

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Steven Alan Logo

Steven Alan - Steven Alan is a New York, NY based fashion designer and retailer that offers a "unique brand of casual, smart, self-assured essentials for both men and women."

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Rainbow USA Logo

Rainbow USA - Rainbow USA is a Brooklyn, NY based retailer that offers an “assortment of clothing for juniors, plus sizes, and children."

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Everlane Logo

Everlane - Everlane is a LA and SF based “luxury clothing design and manufacturing company” that “aims to provide low-cost, high-quality goods by cutting out middlemen.”

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BaubleBar - BaubleBar is an NYC based jewelry company that gives women the opportunity to “buy high quality pieces without a high price tag.”

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Job TitleLocation
Photo Studio InternNew York, NY
Fashion Styling InternNew York, NY
CopywriterNew York, NY
Assistant MerchantNew York, NY
Freelance Jewelry DesignerNew York, NY
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