Fashion Design

There aren’t many career fields that allow you to use your creativity quite as much as fashion design.

From outerwear that helps people get through long Wisconsin winters to casual and business clothing, every piece of apparel found in Wisconsin has a fashion designer behind it.

State License Requirements
Education Details

As a fashion design student, you have to explore many different areas of the industry before you can begin working. First, it’s important work on your artistic skills. Not only must you be able to bring your designs to life on paper, you must be able to do so to clients’ specifications. In addition, you must know how to use the terminology that is commonly used in the fashion design field.

To reach these goals, you may take courses in

  • Fashion history
  • Sketching for fashion design
  • Principles of fashion design
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Wisconsin may be the perfect place for you to begin your fashion design career. From 2012 through 2022, O*Net anticipates a 16% increase in Wisconsin fashion design jobs. This growth rate is significantly higher than the national average (O*Net, 2016). On top of that, salaries in the fashion design field tend to be fairly competitive. The average salary for a Wisconsin fashion designer is $64,030 per year (O*Net, 2016).

Working as a Fashion Designer

In the fashion design industry, experience and hard work are highly valued. As a new designer, you may need to prove yourself by taking on challenging projects, working long hours, and learning from experienced designers. As you build your reputation and gain trust with your employer, you may be able to take on a more important design role and even head up your own projects. Being a fashion designer doesn’'t just mean creating your own designs. It also means collaborating with other fashion professionals, marketing your creations when necessary, preparing for fashion shows, and it doing touch-up work on other people’s designs.

State board Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address:

The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Wisconsin that interest you below,

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive,
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Cosmetology

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Green Bay

940 Hansen Road,
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

2310 W Court St.,
Janesville, WI 53548

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute Madison

353 East Campus Mall,
Madison, WI 53715

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School- Milwaukee

5655 South 27th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Program: Cosmetology

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness (Aveda School)

327 E. St. Paul Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Program: Cosmetology

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