Fashion Design

Individuals with training in fashion design and fashion merchandizing are in high demand in Arkansas, especially in the bigger cities such as Little Rock, and Fort Smith.

Department stores and smaller boutiques look for individuals who have an edge – those who are aware of the latest trends in fashion, to help them offer services tailored to their customers, and help make the fashion they offer younger and “hipper”. Don’'t wait to learn more about opportunities in the fashion industry.

State License Requirements

Depending upon where you study, you may receive a certificate, or a two year, or four year college degree with a specialty in fashion design. These credentials will equip you to work in the fashion industry, or for other designers, creating fashions for men and women for a variety of uses, such as casual wear, career wear, and formal wear.

Education Details

While most students interested in learning fashion design have to travel out of state in order to find a program that teaches this specialized area of knowledge, there is at least one school of fashion design within the state of Arkansas, and local community colleges may also offer this course of study. A typical study curriculum will teach you fashion sewing and pattern making, textiles, including sustainable textiles, ethical fashion, production, professionalism, and runway design. Often, business courses are taught in fashion programs as well.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

According to statistics from O*Net (2016), fashion designers in Arkansas earn the median wage of $64,030. While the growth in this field may not be the fastest in general, it may be growing in Arkansas. There is always a need for fresh talent in the ever-changing field of fashion and fashion design, giving young people who show promise and originality good opportunities.

Working as a Fashion Designer

People working in the fashion design field work very hard. You must be willing to be very flexible, moving from tasks such as meeting and consulting with clients to cutting and sewing textiles, all in the course of a single day. Positions exist with larger department stores and smaller boutiques, and you may be involved in merchandising and sales as well as fashion design. Jamileh Kamran is a highly successful, Iranian born fashion designer who has a successful fashion design business in Little Rock, Jamileh Kamran Designs. She has dedicated her career to fashion and gained a reputation not only within the state but across the country. Her list of clients includes most of the prominent business professionals in Arkansas, and she has created designs for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was first lady of the state of Arkansas. Ms Kamran consults with her clients every step of the way, taking a very hands-on approach. She personally selects all the fabrics used in her store. In 2007, Ms Kamran established the Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School, offering certificate programs in fashion design leading to jobs in the industry throughout the state. Contact the schools in your are to learn more about their programs! (

State board Contact Information

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
4815 W. Markham St. Slot 8
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone Number: 501-682-2168
Fax Number: 501-682-5640

The Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology can help you with obtaining an Arkansas state cosmetology license, replacing a lost cosmetology license or updating change of name or change of address information.

Find the Beauty Schools in Arkansas that interest you below,

Arkansas Beauty School

8521 Geyer Springs Road,
Little Rock, AR 72209

Program: Cosmetology

The Salon Professional Academy

13125 HWY 107,
Sherwood, AR 72120

Program: Cosmetology

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