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Fashion designers and product developers create new styles of clothing and accessories such as jewellery, belts, shoes, gloves and hats. Fashion designers may use their skills full time in accessory design, fashion consulting or designing uniforms for large corporations. They also may work part time as fashion illustrators, photographers' stylists, fashion writers, fashion show commentators or costume designers.
Many designers work as in-house designers for specialty stores or they freelance (produce individual designs for clients). Self-employed fashion designers may work out of their own home or studio and handle the production and distribution of the products themselves without the aid of a manufacturing or distribution facility. (alis)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online> - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Alberta Learning Information Service (alis) - OCCinfo, including video
- A Day in the Life of a Fashion Designer - from the Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Costume Designer - Sokanu occupational info and videos (U.S.)
- Fashion Designer- Sokanu (U.S.)
- Food Stylist - Sokanu (U.S.)
- Jeweller - Sokanu (U.S.)
- Profile: Fashion Designer Tammy Beauvais Kanienkehaka - from SAY Magazine
- Article: A Passion for Fashion> - profile of a Manitoba fashion designer, from SMART Careers
- Costume Designer and related role profiles - Get On Set Manitoba
The University of Manitoba does not offer a program in Fashion Design. Related programs that are offered include: Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Environmental Design. To learn about these programs visit the University of Manitoba Academic Calendar & Course Catalogue. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Please also view the links below to learn about Fashion Design programs in Canada.
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Robert Half Salary Guide - view the Tech & Creative guides for salary and hiring trends
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Fashion Designers of Manitoba
- International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives (IACDE)
- International Textile and Apparel Association
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Manitoba Fashion Institute
- Canadian Apparel Federation
- Creative Manitoba (formerly the Arts & Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (U.S)
Search the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.