Fashion Design

Do you dream of a career in fashion design? Do you sketch your ideas for apparel, sew your own clothing creations, or style your friends’ and your own fashion looks? If so, there may be a career in the fashion design field in Massachusetts that is just right for you!

Fashion designers create apparel for men, women, and children, both looks for every day wear, and creations for evening, as well as work attire and beach and resort looks. They design jewelry, gloves, hats, scarves, footwear, handbags, and more! It is a fast moving industry, because the look that is “in” today will be “out” tomorrow, and it is always important to stay ahead of the next trend.

State License Requirements

Fashion design does not have any regulations regarding certification or licensure, giving you more freedom as to when you are ready to start your fashion design career. Although licensing and formal training aren’t required in this field, going through a fashion design program can still be beneficial to your career. A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program gives you the chance to develop a portfolio and get contacts in this industry.

Education Details

People in the fashion industry work hard, often starting out as interns and doing whatever is needed or asked of them. They work long hours, especially during the lead up to runway shows or fashion week. But it is an exciting, sometimes thrilling world. At its upper levels it is made up of celebrities and big-name design stars as well as socialites and other well known personalities who associate with the glamorous world of fashion. Would you like to be part of this world? Well, it is possible! Fashion design programs differ in emphasis by school, but most all of them teach certain basics. The history and chemistry of textiles is among the subjects usually taught along with fashion design, apparel production, fashion history, merchandising and marketing strategy, product development, business practices, and consumer behavior. Many schools now emphasize sustainable practices and socially conscious methods of production.

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Between 2012 - 2022

Massachusetts fashion designers earn an average salary of $73,510 , according to O*Net (2016). There are many other related careers you may choose to enter in the fashion industry, such as retail sales, merchandising, and buying. People just starting out in the industry are likely to earn less than people with a number of years experience.

Working as a Fashion Designer

Fashion design is a broad field and there are many directions you can choose to go in. If you have your heart set on fashion design per se, you will most likely start out as an intern (paid or unpaid) or an assistant to an established designer. You will be called upon to help out in whatever capacity is needed, from draping and fitting fabrics and garments, to sketching ideas, to meeting with clients. Many people enter the fashion design field by working in retail sales. There, they get an opportunity to function as stylists, helping customers select garments and accessories for particular looks or occasions, using the merchandise in their store for inspiration. Some of the larger department stores hire fashion design experts as personal shoppers. These individuals work by appointment with specific clients helping them put together attractive looks. Other people in fashion design specialize in merchandising goods and apparel, arranging them in attractive displays that capture the eye – and the wallet – of the customer. And buyers fly to major fashion and runway shows all over the world, selecting what they think is likely to be the next trend for their store to reproduce and sell on a mass scale. Some fashion design specialists work in museums, curating the museum’s clothing exhibitions or restoring aging textiles that are of historical importance. In short, there are many areas within fashion design that offer job possibilities, and even more will become apparent to you when you are enrolled in a fashion design program. So, if fashion design is your passion, consider enrolling in a fashion design program in Massachusetts. Use our school listings to request more information today!

State board Contact Information

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone Number: 617-727-9940
Fax Number: 617-727-1627
E-mail Address:

The Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, or updating a change of name or address information, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining your Massachusetts cosmetology license.


Find the Beauty Schools in Massachusetts that interest you below,

Mildred Elley

100 West Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Program: Cosmetology

Mildred Elley has been a provider of quality higher education since 1917, where it was founded in the Capital District of New York. We have 3 conveniently located campus locations in Albany, NY, Mildred Elley has been a provider of quality higher education since 1917, where it was founded in the Capital District of New York. We have 3 conveniently located campus locations in Albany, NY, NYC Metro, NY and Pittsfield, MA with online options as well. Our campuses feature student-run massage therapy clinics at Albany, Pittsfield and New York City Metro campuses, and a cosmetology clinic at the Pittsfield campus. We offer over 20 Degree and Certificate programs with classes in the day, evening, and weekends. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for those who qualify. We are dedicated to seeing our students succeed offering Lifetime Job Placement Assistance Mildred Elley is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Mildred Elley's Albany, New York Campus is approved by the New York State Board of Regents to offer the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degrees. Mildred Elley's NYC Metro Campus is approved by the New York State Board of Regents to offer the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree. Both campuses are also approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)—formerly VESID. Mildred Elley is also registered with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office For program details and disclosures visit the Mildred Elley website   Mildred Elley - Pittsfield, MA Campus Mildred Elley's Pittsfield, Massachusetts Campus is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure. Mildred Elley - Pittsfield, MA is also licensed to operate as a Cosmetology school and the Cosmetology program is approved by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The campus is also approved for the training of the Veterans of the Armed Forces and JPTA participants.   Programs Massage Therapy – CERT Campus: Albany, NY Mildred Elley's programs in Massage Therapy offer students the education, practice, and skills necessary to satisfy the academic requirements to qualify for the New York State Massage Therapy Examination. After licensure by New York State, the graduates will possess the depth of knowledge and practical experience from their studies to successfully practice massage therapy in New York State. Successfully licensed Mildred Elley graduates will be prepared to obtain employment in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, residential care facilities, medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy practices, gyms, health clubs, resorts, spas, solo practice and other establishments.   Cosmetology – CERT Campus: Pittsfield, MA The Cosmetology Certificate program in Pittsfield, MA qualifies and prepares its graduates for successful passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cosmetology licensing examination, administered by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, and successful practice in the field of cosmetology and appearance enhancement. The program is equivalent to 1,000 clock hours of instruction. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours distributed among fields required by the Board in order to be eligible to register for the Board licensure examination.   Mildred Elley – Pittsfield, MA 100 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
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