Freelance fashion designer is the job tile for fashion designers who work on a project basis for fashion companies. Most freelance fashion designers where employed by 1 or more fashion companies before they started their freelance design career. Freelance fashion designers are also called; freelance clothing designers, freelance apparel designers and freelance garment designers.
Companies are hiring freelance designers for compact projects and for long-term assignments. Freelance fashion designers work for multiple companies and are often seen as a sole proprietor.
Most freelance fashion designers studied fashion design at an institute for the Arts or at a practical fashion school. These Bachelor fashion studies take 3-4 years. Next to fashion design, the students are taught in subjects such as: textile design, pattern design, graphic design and art history.
HOW TO BECOME A FREELANCE FASHION DESIGNER
In many countries it’s mandatory that a designer has to register at the regional Chamber of Commerce and must apply for a TAX number. The designer must have done this prior to the first freelance assignment.
SKILLS AND QUALITIES
You must have:
- – A positive attitude
- – An entrepreneurial mindset
- – Good listening skills
- – Discipline
You must be:
- – Multi creative
- – Social intelligent
- – Efficient
PROS AND CONS
- – Varied work
- – Flexible work hours
- – Work from home / own studio
- – Irregular income
- – No job security
- – Finding freelance jobs
REASONS TO HIRE A FREELANCE DESIGNER
Fashion companies are hiring freelance fashion designers to support their permanent design team as well to temporary replace a designer. A unique design skill such as knitwear design or conceptual fashion design can also be a reason for a fashion company to hire a freelance fashion designer.
FREELANCE RATES FOR FASHION DESIGNERS
Most freelance fashion designers work with an hourly rate or a daily rate. Sometimes freelance fashion designers sell designs or artwork per piece. After a designer completed an assignment, the designer sends an invoice to its client. Some freelance fashion designers work with down payments. Freelance rates for fashion designers in Northern Europe start at EUR: 30,- per hour. The average freelance rate for a fashion designer in Europe is around EUR: 40,- per hour.