Hat designer Milliner
Hat designers use creative skills to design and make hats.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements but you will need practical hat designing (millinery) skills.
You could learn these through a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject, like:
Paid or unpaid work experience will be useful, and you’ll need a portfolio of your work to show potential employers.
You could start as a design assistant and work your way up.
2. Skills required
- communication skills
- practical skills
- business and marketing skills, if self-employed
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- working to a client or company 'brief'
- analysing trends in fabrics, colours or shapes
- sketching designs by hand or with computer design packages
- making up prototype designs
- estimating costs
- finding suppliers
- hand-making hats
- supervising production
- showing designs at fashion shows and exhibitions
Highly Experienced: £30,000
If you’re self-employed your income will depend on how successful your business is.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentIf employed, you’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.
You’ll usually work in a studio or workshop. You may also have to travel to visit manufacturers, exhibitions and trade shows.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience and business skills you could set up your own business, or sell your designs to companies on a freelance basis.
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Last updated: 08 December 2016