Fashion Job Titles and Descriptions

Job Titles and Skills in the Fashion Industry

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People working in fashion perform a variety of tasks. Those who work in fashion design might analyze trends in clothing, shoes, and accessories. They might choose design concepts. They might use computer aided design programs to develop designs.

People who work in fashion marketing might visit retailers, and convince them to buy certain clothing lines. Those involved in visual design might create photo spreads for fashion magazines and newspapers.

People working in fashion can work for a variety of organizations. Some are employed by clothing, shoe, or accessory manufacturers. Others work for design firms, wholesalers, theaters, or dance companies. Some work for fashion magazines.

Read below for an extensive list of fashion job titles. Use this list when searching for a job in fashion. You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to better fit your responsibilities.

Also read below for a list of fashion skills. Use these words in your resumes, cover letters, and interviews to demonstrate you have the skills it takes to succeed in the fashion industry.

Most Common Fashion Job Titles

Below is a list of some of the most common (and most in-demand) job titles from the fashion industry, as well as a description of each. For more information about each job title, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Art Director
An art director is responsible for the visual styling of a particular product. An art director in the fashion industry might work for a fashion magazine, a public relations firm, or a retailer. They have to be very creative, and have a sense of what images will help sell a product.

Buyer/Purchasing Agent
Buyers and purchasing agents select clothing, shoes, and/or accessories from clothing manufacturers and wholesalers to sell in retail stores.

They work for retail fashion and department stores, selecting items they think will be attractive to customers. Buyers and purchasing agents typically have to travel a lot, visiting manufacturing sites and attending fashion shows. They often have degrees in fashion, marketing, and/or business.

Fashion Designer
A fashion designer creates clothing, shoes, and/or accessories. They create designs and then give instructions on how to make their products. Fashion designers work in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, clothing companies, theaters, and design firms. Along with artistic skills, most designers need computer skills to use computer-aided design and graphics editing software.

Market Researcher
A fashion market researcher studies the fashion market to get a sense of what types of clothing and shoes and accessories people want, as well as who will buy what items, and at what price. They need strong analytical skills – they have to read and understand large amounts of data, and convey their findings to retailers, manufacturers, and designers.

Model
A model poses for photographers or the public to help advertise clothing, shoes, and/or accessories. They might also walk in a runway fashion show while wearing a designer’s clothing.

Models work in a variety of conditions, from indoor studios to fashion shows. They often have unpredictable schedules, and have periods of unemployment.

Fashion Job Titles

Review a longer list of fashion job titles, which includes the titles listed above.

A - C

  • Account Executive
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Animator
  • Apparel Production Coordinator
  • Area Brand Coordinator
  • Art Director
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Merchant
  • Assistant Sales Manager
  • Assistant Store Director
  • Assistant Stylist
  • Associate Designer
  • Bedding Designer
  • Boutique Assistant
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Brand Strategist
  • Buyer
  • Client Services Manager
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Curated Merchant
  • Customer Service Representative

D - H

  • Department Manager
  • Design Assistant
  • Design Associate
  • Designer
  • Digital Media and Advertising Coordinator
  • Director, Design and Product Development
  • Director of Sourcing
  • Director of Stores
  • Display Designer
  • ECommerce Coordinator
  • ECommerce Planning Manager
  • Editor
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Event Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Factory Manager
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Fashion Director
  • General Manager
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Production Artist
  • Human Resource Manager

I - M

  • Illustrator
  • Import Production Coordinator
  • International Sourcing Agent
  • Inventory Planner/Analyst
  • Jewelry Product Manager
  • Journalist
  • Layette Designer
  • Logistics and Customer Service Manager
  • Logistics Associate
  • Luxury Fashion Recruiter
  • Manufacturer Sales Representative
  • Market Researcher
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Media Planner
  • Merchandise Coordinator
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Model

N - R

  • Online Merchandise Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • Pattern Maker
  • Personal Shopper
  • Photo Editor
  • Photographer
  • Planner
  • Planning Assistant
  • Product Developer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Product Planner
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Sourcing Director
  • Public Relations Director
  • Publicist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Staff Attorney
  • Receptionist
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Retail Fashion Recruiter
  • Retail Footwear Buyer
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Retail Store Planner

S - Z

  • Sales Associate
  • Sales Development Specialist
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Inventory Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Senior Brand Manager
  • Senior Merchant
  • Senior Sales Manager
  • Showroom Assistant
  • Showroom Manager
  • Showroom Model
  • Showroom Representative
  • Store Director
  • Store Manager
  • Store Planner
  • Studio Photographer
  • Style Specialist
  • Stylist
  • Technical Designer
  • Textile Fabric Colorist
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Window Stylist

Fashion Design Skills

Below is a list of skills required in the fashion industry. Of course, the skills required for a position depend on the specific job, so be sure to carefully read the job listing before writing your resume and cover letter, and before going in for your interview.

Also review other lists of job skills, including skills listed by job.

A - G

  • Accessory sourcing
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Advertising
  • Analysis
  • Buying
  • Color sense
  • Communication
  • Computer
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Construction
  • Costume design
  • Couture design
  • Creativity
  • Development
  • ECommerce
  • Education
  • Event coordination
  • Fabric sourcing
  • Fashion design
  • Fashion promotion
  • Flair
  • Freehand
  • Fundraising
  • Graphic design

H - M

  • Illustration
  • Imagination
  • InDesign
  • Initiative
  • Jewelry design
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Merchandising
  • MS Office

N - S

  • Passion
  • Pattern grading
  • Pattern making
  • Photogenic
  • Photoshop
  • PrimaVision
  • Product design
  • Product development
  • Prototyping
  • Quark
  • Retailing
  • Sales
  • Sewing
  • Sketching
  • Sourcing
  • Styling

T - Z

  • Talent
  • Textiles
  • Training
  • Translation
  • Using computer software
  • Versatility
  • Visualization
  • WebPDM

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