There arent 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.
As a fashion design student, you have to explore many different areas of the industry before you can begin working. First, its 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
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).
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 peoples designs.
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Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
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E-mail Address: DSPS@wisconsin.gov
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