Fashion Design

If you like the idea of a career that tests your creative limits, lets you work in a variety of settings, and allows you to adapt your skills year after year, you might be Florida's next big fashion designer.

Rather than doing the same styles and tasks every day, you need to constantly adapt to market changes and stay on top of what your customers want!

State License Requirements

Many fashion designers choose to earn a Bachelor's degree in fashion design. This four-year degree can give you a good background in fashion history, training in different types of fashion design technology, and the business skills you need to work in this industry.

Education Details

Some of the theory-based courses you might take include History of Fashion, Professional Practices in Fashion, and Textiles in the Fashion Industry. Instead of spending all your time cracking the books, you'll likely break out the art supplies and spend many hours designing and creating. Quite a few courses in a fashion design degree are based in practical experience.

Required courses include

  • Materials and Methods
  • Experimental Patterning
  • Design Studio
  • Advanced Fashion Illustration

In these courses, you also create a portfolio that is developed throughout the course of your degree. Make sure to create the best portfolio you can, since it's how instructors and potential employers may assess your abilities! When you study fashion design in Florida, you may also take some business and marketing courses. Some schools require classes like Fashion Forecasting, Merchandise Planning and Control, and Importing & Exporting Fashion.

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

The job outlook for Florida fashion designers is slightly more positive than it is in many other states. Between 2010 and 2020, O*Net expects a 3% increase in fashion design job openings. This job growth rate shows how important it is to make connections while in school, develop an incredibly strong portfolio, and get work experience before graduating. Just like in many beauty industries, fashion designers enjoy a range of salaries. The average salary for a Florida fashion designer is $50,390 per year, according to O*Net (2016) Your income may also depend on what type of fashion design job you get. Design graduates may work for clothing wholesalers, major retail chains, high-end fashion design firms, or boutiques. Some designers work on a freelance basis and take on their own clients. Your earning potential may increase as you prove yourself in the fashion world! Though fashion designers in Florida aren't licensed, there are organizations for designers throughout the state. The Fashion Designers Association Florida connects designers of all different backgrounds and specialties.

Working as a Fashion Designer

There aren't many careers that require as much flexibility and creativity as fashion design! While you may spend a few hours sketching and coloring designs one day, you may spend 12 hours meeting with designers and clients the next day. You have to be able to juggle your ongoing designs, client requests, and group projects that you have going on. Of course, this can all amount to long days. You might work 30 hours one week and 50 the next, depending on your employer's needs. As you become more skilled in different fashion design tasks, you may be able to work a more typical schedule. However, you can always expect to work long hours during fashion week or during the launch of a new line. No matter what type of clothing interests you, you may be able to revitalize the fashion industry! The Daily Star reports on Francesca Aiello, a young fashion designer that recently came out with an entire line of swimwear. Though younger than most fashion designers, she was able to create her own successful and highly-acclaimed swimwear line by listening to what consumers wanted and testing lots of different designs. Her story shows how hard work can lead to a rewarding design career.

State board Contact Information

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Board of Cosmetology
1940 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Phone Number: 850-487-1395
Fax Number: 866-888-1176
E-mail Address:

The Florida State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Florida state cosmetology license.

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