Freelance fashion designer is the job title for fashion designers who work on a project basis for fashion companies. Most freelance fashion designers were 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.
Fashion companies are hiring freelance designers for short and/or long-term projects. Freelance fashion designers work for multiple companies.
WHAT DOES A FREELANCE FASHION DESIGNER DO?
– Trend research
– Designing clothing
– Designing prints and/or patterns
– Creating tech-packs
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 fashion students are taught in subjects such as; textile design, pattern design, graphic design and art history.
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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.
REASONS FOR BECOMING A FREELANCE FASHION DESIGNER
– Varied work
– Flexible working hours
– Work from home / own studio
– Little commuting
– Irregular income
– No job security
– Finding freelance jobs
REASONS FOR HIRING A FREELANCE FASHION DESIGNER
Fashion companies are hiring freelance fashion designers to support their permanent design team as well to temporarily replace a designer. A unique design skill set such as knitwear design or conceptual fashion design can also be a reason for a fashion company to hire a freelance fashion designer.
FREELANCE FASHION DESIGNERS RATES
Most freelance fashion designers work with; an hourly rate, a daily rate or a flat fee. Some freelance fashion designers sell designs per piece. Rates for senior freelance fashion designers in Great Britain start from EUR: 35,- per hour. Rates for senior freelance fashion designers from; USA, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia start from EUR: 50,- per hour.