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Working As A Fashion Internship

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Fashion Internship Do

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.

Duties

Fashion designers typically do the following:

  • Study fashion trends and anticipate designs that will appeal to consumers
  • Decide on a theme for a collection
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) programs to create designs
  • Visit manufacturers or trade shows to get samples of fabric
  • Select fabrics, embellishments, colors, or a style for each garment or accessory
  • Work with other designers or team members to create prototype designs
  • Present design ideas to the creative director or showcase them in fashion or trade shows
  • Market designs to clothing retailers or directly to consumers
  • Oversee the final production of their designs

Larger apparel companies typically employ a team of designers headed by a creative designer. Some fashion designers specialize in clothing, footwear, or accessory design; others create designs in all three fashion categories.

For some fashion designers, the first step in creating a new design is researching current fashion and making predictions about future trends using trend reports published by fashion industry trade groups. Other fashion designers create collections from inspirations they get from their regular surroundings, from the cultures they have experienced and places they have visited, or from various art media that inspire them.

After they have an initial idea, fashion designers try out various fabrics and produce a prototype, often with less expensive material than will be used in the final product. They work with models to see how the design will look and adjust the designs as needed.

Although most designers first sketch their designs by hand, many now also sketch their ideas digitally with computer-aided design (CAD) programs. CAD allows designers to see their work on virtual models. They can try out different colors, design, and shapes while making adjustments more easily than they can when working with real fabric on real people.

Designers produce samples with the actual materials that will be used in manufacturing. Samples that get good responses from editors or trade and fashion shows are then manufactured and sold to consumers.

Although the design process may vary by specialty, in general it takes 6 months from initial design concept to final production, when either the spring or fall collection is released. Some companies may release new designs as frequently as every month, in addition to releasing designs during the spring and fall.

The Internet and e-commerce allow fashion designers to offer their products outside of traditional brick-and-mortar stores. These designers can ship directly to the consumer, without having to invest in a physical shop to showcase their product lines.

The following are examples of types of fashion designers:

Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, evening wear, outerwear, maternity clothing, and intimate apparel.

Footwear designers create and help produce different styles of shoes and boots. As new materials, such as lightweight synthetic materials used in shoe soles, become available, footwear designers produce new designs that combine comfort, form, and function.

Accessory designers design and produce items such as handbags, suitcases, belts, scarves, hats, hosiery, and eyewear.

Costume designers design costumes for the performing arts and for motion picture and television productions. They research the styles worn during the period in which the performance takes place, or they work with directors to select and create appropriate attire. They also must stay within the costume budget for the particular production.

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How To Become A Fashion Internship

Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as fashion design or fashion merchandising. Employers usually seek applicants with creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of the production process for clothing, accessories, or footwear.

Education

Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design or fashion merchandising. In these programs, they learn about textiles and fabrics and how to use computer-aided design (CAD) technology. They also are able to work on projects that can be added to their portfolio, which showcases their designs.

For many artists, including fashion designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual. For employers, it is an opportunity to gauge talent and creativity. Students studying fashion design often have opportunities to enter their designs in student or amateur contests, helping them to develop their portfolios.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits approximately 320 postsecondary institutions with programs in art and design, and many of these schools award degrees in fashion design. Many schools require students to have completed basic art and design courses before they enter a program. Applicants usually have to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Other Experience

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 and colors and how the industry works.

Advancement

Experienced designers may advance to chief designer, design department head, creative director, or another supervisory position in which they oversee certain fashion lines or company brands.

Some experienced designers may start their own design company or sell their designs in their own retail stores. A few of the most successful designers work for high-fashion design houses that offer personalized design services to their clients.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Fashion designers sketch their initial design ideas, which are used later to create prototypes. Designers must be able to express their vision for the design through illustration.

Communication skills. Fashion designers often work in teams throughout the design process and therefore must be effective in communicating with their team members. For example, they may need to give instructions to sewers regarding how a garment should be constructed.

Computer skills. Fashion designers use technology to design. They must be able to use computer-aided design (CAD) programs and be familiar with graphics editing software.

Creativity. Fashion designers work with a variety of fabrics, shapes, and colors. Their ideas must be unique, functional, and stylish.

Decisionmaking skills. Because they often work in teams, fashion designers are exposed to many ideas. They must be able to decide which ideas to incorporate into their designs.

Detail oriented. Fashion designers must have a good eye for small differences in color and other details that can make a design successful.

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Fashion Internship Career Paths

Fashion Internship
Stylist Sales Consultant Marketing Consultant
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Stylist Consultant Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Stylist Consultant Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Community Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Marketing Manager
Business Development And Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Event Manager
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Sales Leader Visual Merchandising Manager
Merchandising Director
9 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Sales Leader Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Assistant Marketing Specialist Brand Manager
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Assistant Executive Assistant Event Manager
Director Of Marketing And Events
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Assistant Marketing Specialist Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Writer And Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Grant Writer Development Officer
Manager Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Freelancer Front End Developer Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Editor Senior Copywriter
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Web Design/Development Web Manager
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Relationship Manager Client Relationship Manager
Client Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Fashion Internship

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Editorial Photo Shoots
  3. Fashion Closet
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used various computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to help design motorcycle jackets and apparel.
  • Support Fashion Editors in day-to-day responsibilities - Assemble and help facilitate editorial photo shoots - Manage the fashion/fitness/shoe/accessory closets LEADERSHIP
  • Reorganized fashion closet with labels to increase efficiency.
  • Created yearly credit reports by designer or story.
  • Maintained website and uploaded new merchandise to online boutique.

Fashion Internship Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,783 Fashion Internship resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Fashion Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

74.3%

Unknown

13.5%

Male

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Asian

12.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.2%

French

19.7%

Italian

11.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Chinese

6.3%

Cantonese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Portuguese

2.7%

Korean

2.3%

Russian

1.5%

Greek

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Hindi

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Malay

0.6%

Arabic

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%
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Fashion Internship Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

24.2%

LIM College

11.0%

New York University

10.0%

Parsons the New School for Design

8.5%

Syracuse University

4.0%

University of Delaware

3.8%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

3.7%

Fordham University

3.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.4%

Kent State University

3.3%

Florida State University

3.3%

Marist College

2.9%

Boston University

2.9%

Academy of Art University

2.8%

Drexel University

2.5%

University of Alabama

2.3%

Columbia College Chicago

2.1%

Pennsylvania State University

2.0%

Howard University

2.0%

Montclair State University

2.0%
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Majors

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

22.1%

Graphic Design

13.8%

Communication

11.0%

Marketing

9.7%

Business

8.2%

Public Relations

7.1%

Journalism

6.4%

English

3.4%

Fine Arts

3.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Apparel And Textiles

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Political Science

1.6%

Photography

1.5%

Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services

1.5%

Writing

1.2%

Advertising

1.1%

Agricultural Public Services

1.0%

Economics

0.9%

Design And Visual Communication

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

71.1%

Other

13.0%

Associate

7.5%

Masters

6.4%

Certificate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.0%
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