Fashion designers usually have a fashion design or merchandising degree, though self-employed designers may not have formal education. Classes in fashion analysis, buying and graphic arts are often included in a fashion degree program. The designer balances personal style with technical design capabilities.
Internships are a common stepping stone into design. Students nearing graduation complete internships with designers or assistants. A distinct artistic flair is what distinguishes a designer's brand. Creativity and attention to detail are additional qualities needed. Computer skills are also important since designs are completed with software programs as of 2014. Communication skills and leadership help the designer guide staff in executing designs.