What Does a Fashion Design Assistant Do?

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Fashion Design Assistant Responsibilities include:

  • Creating prototypes and tailoring garments
  • Producing technical sketches
  • Explaining technical and creative ideas to designers
  • Sourcing fabrics and trimmings
  • Creating mood, shape, and trend boards
  • Gaining approval from customers
  • Working closely with factories and suppliers
  • Participating in meetings with customers and fabric agents
  • Inspecting products during the design process


Job description:
You’ll usually work in a studio or workshop, but you may travel to visit manufacturers. You may also go on research trips to visit art galleries, trade shows, or particular places or countries linked to a design theme. You’ll usually work at least 40 hours a week, and may need to work longer hours and weekends to meet deadlines. With experience you could progress to designer, then senior designer or design director. As a design director you could create your own range and manage a design team.

You could also move into freelance design, working on individual projects, or self-employment, creating your own collections.



  • An eye for design and color
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills for working with customers and suppliers
  • Strong pattern cutting skills
  • Some background knowledge on fashion courses
  • Higher education course before joining a fashion company
  • Textile skills

    Salary: the average salary of a fashion design assistant in the UK is £19,500/year.
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