Fashion Design

A career in fashion design, apparel, and merchandising is a foot-hold on excitement! The fashion industry is fast paced: yesterday’s “hot” designs are today’s has-beens.

If you seek a career in a fast-moving industry in which you can utilize your artistic and creative side, and you are willing to work hard and learn as you work, a career in fashion design in Idaho may be a great career option for you! Use our directory of beauty schools in your area to learn more!

State License Requirements

You don’t need a specific license to work as a fashion designer, but it may be helpful to join one of the many organizations devoted to enhancing the field and the people who work in it.

Education Details

Fashion design is offered as part of a major in Clothing, Textiles, and Design at the University of Idaho.

The curriculum for this major focuses on

  • Textile and apparel products
  • Merchandising and marketing strategies
  • Technical and creative design
  • Product development and production processes
  • Business practices

It prepares students for a wide range of careers in the fashion industry including merchandising, design, buying, and historic restoration of fabrics. Other fashion design programs are available, but all the rest are located outside of the state of Idaho. Parsons School of Design and Fashion Institute of Technology are two major universities which offer fashion design majors. They are located in New York City. There are also several schools offering fashion design majors in California.

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

Fashion designers in Idaho earn a median salary of $64,030 according to O*Net (2016) Of course, your salary will depend upon many factors, including how long you have been out of school, and the specific nature of your job in the fashion industry. However, fresh ideas are always welcome in an industry that is geared toward tomorrow, making it possible for talented individuals coming out of fashion design programs to find jobs in the industry, and for those who are already in it to move up.

Working as a Fashion Designer

Fashion designers work long hours and busy weeks. They must be able to perform many different tasks within a day, such as meet and consult with clients, make sketches and designs, cut patterns, sew, drape, and fit. One way to get a start in the fashion design field is by working as a personal shopper/stylist in a department store, shopping the store for items that will both intrigue and flatter a specific client. Good listening skills are critical for fashion designers. Others work as merchandisers, arranging inventory in artistic ways that entice the customer to buy. Still others travel the world as buyers, selecting the styles they will have made up to sell in their store to their consumers. Or, you may get your start in business as an assistant to an established fashion designer. Boise Idaho has sponsored Boise Fashion Week since 2012. It features an array of different designers, clothes for casual, business, and dress wear, and a series of runway events. A great event for Idaho fashionistas!

State board Contact Information

Idaho Board of Cosmetology - Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-334-3233
Fax Number: 208-334-3945
E-mail Address:

The Idaho State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and can answer additional questions about obtaining an Idaho state cosmetology license.


Find the Beauty Schools in Idaho that interest you below,

Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy - Couer D'Alene

410 W Neider Ave, Suite B,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Program: Cosmetology

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Spokane, Washington – giving students a wide urban area to pursue professionally upon graduation. Only one hour from Montana, TONI&GUY CDA is central to the beautiful Greater Northwest region. Our spacious CDA campus is led by a passionate team of instructors and staff members that are dedicated to excellence in the beauty industry. Our 15,000 square foot facility features roomy classrooms using the latest in educational technology and a busy, modern clinic floor. As the premiere hair school in CDA, we offer cosmetology courses in hair, skin and nails.
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