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Fashion Designers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Fashion Designers create designs for clothing products, harmonising aesthetic considerations with technical, merchandising and costing requirements. Their duties include studying fashion trends, and identifying target markets for designs; selecting fabrics, colours, materials and production techniques to be used for garments; preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models; preparing samples of garments to sales representatives, and presenting samples at sales meetings; monitoring and overseeing the final production of their designs.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Artistic ability

Fashion Designers must be able to sketch initial design ideas and create prototypes through illustration and drawing.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a higher diploma or a bachelor's degree in related field, such as fashion design or fashion image design

Professional qualification

  • holding full membership of the Hong Kong Designers Association or the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association is preferable


  • usually 3 to 5 years of design experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Fashion Designers work primarily in offices, they may travel several times a year to trade and fashion shows to learn about the latest fashion trends. They, sometimes, may work long hours to meet production deadlines or prepare for fashion shows.


  • Cloth cutting machines - Industrial fabric cutting machines
  • Drafting curves
  • Desktop/ Tablet computers
  • Domestic clothing irons
  • Full body form or mannequin
  • Computer drawing tablets
  • Ironing machines or presses
  • Drawing scales
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Industrial sewing machines; Sergers
  • Sewing needles
  • Sewing patterns - Garment templates
  • Fabric shears
  • Steam pressing machines - Fabric steamers
  • Layout T-squares
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes

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