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Some characters make a living designing clothes (whether high fashion Simple, yet Opulent outfits, Pimped Out Dresses, or affordable mainstream clothes). These characters may be royal dressmakers, haute couture designers, movie costume designers, or simply make and design clothes as a hobby. If nothing else, it gives the show an excuse to have some Costume Porn, though these characters tend to have some common traits.

Often they are just as skilled at making clothes as designing them, as it would aid in knowing what outfits are even possible. Often they have other people helping make their creations, usually apprentices and hopeful apprentices. High fashion designers then may have their clothes showed all over the Fashion Shows, Fashion Magazines, and Up Marketing ads. Some designers are former models themselves.

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Just as their clothes tend to be larger than life, so can these characters themselves. Often they are eccentric, vain, arrogant, bossy, drama queens, or some combination of those.

If designers are male they are more than likely to be homosexual or bisexual. This is partly due to some designers in Real Life being gay, and partly because Men Are Tough and there is the perception that Textile Work Is Feminine. Though they can be straight when Real Men Wear Pink.

A work can even invoke this among the audience if there Official Fan-Submitted Content involving clothes.

Some video games simulate this (even if technical limitations, such as No Flow in CGI, make them Virtual Paper Doll games with extra features).

    Trope Relations 
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    Anime & Manga 
  • Margie in the Animal Crossing movie has aspirations to be a fashion designer. Partway through the film she moves away to achieve her goal.
  • Jun's fashion designer mother in Boku To Boku caused him to become a Wholesome Crossdresser because she tried out clothes on him.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, the eponymous heroine gets a new outfit every battle thanks to her friend Tomoyo, who likes to design dresses.
  • Jewelpet Kira Deco!: Topaz is a great but disillusioned fashion designer who makes clothes for Pink after Ruby completes a fetch quest for her and makes her a little less disillusioned. All the outfits Pink wears after episode 12 are Topaz' designs.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Hayate Yagami works for the Space Police full-time. Being a Cosplay Otaku Girl, she designs Magical Girl Warrior outfits in her spare time. She even designed her personal knights' combat gear.
    • Rinne's adoptive parents in ViVid Strike! are the owners of a popular fashion brand, and her Barrier jacket is modeled after the family clothing line.
  • Most of the main characters in Paradise Kiss are designing a dress for their high school fashion show, and want the main character to model it.
  • In Quilt Queen by Natsuneko, Sakura is a newbie fashion designer who hasn't had her big breakthrough yet, which causes her considerable angst, as her secret lover Dahlia is already a world-famous fashion model, and Sakura originally chose her career to be able to make dresses for Dahlia.
  • The Saniwa in Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru seems to be this, as they were responsible for creating the swimsuits (and one Fundoshi) for the Touken Danshi as well as heavy implications that they were the ones who also created all of their casual wear.
  • Jibanyan's owner Amy in Yo-Kai Watch wants to be a fashion designer when she gets older.

    Comic Books 
  • Jean Grey does fashion design as one of her hobbies. The first two redesigns of the X-Men costumes were done by her.
  • The Wasp is a designer when not fighting crime, and virtually all of her costume changes were designed by her.

    Film - Animation 
  • In Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, Barbie helps her aunt revive her fashion house in Paris, with the help of some fairies who also make clothes.
  • In The Incredibles Edna Mode designed clothes for superheroes, but moved onto making clothes for other people after the Super Registration Act. Though is so bored by the shallow world of high fashion she is all to happy to help the Incredible family. She also insists on not using capes to avoid the risk of Cape Snag. Her personality was based on real life costume designer Edith Head.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Designing Woman is about a high fashion designer who falls in love with a sports reporter. A sub plot is her designing the outfits for a Broadway play.
  • Zoolander: Jacobim Mugatu is a famous designer and CEO of fashion powerhouse Mugatu (as well as being part of the haute couture assassin syndicate). Among his accomplishments is the invention of the piano necktie.

    Literature 
  • Madame Sharn and her associate Pepe of Shatta in Unseen Academicals are fashion designers for dwarfs, whose designs offer openly female dwarfs a third option between dressing like male dwarfs and dressing like human women. They produce stylish and attractive armour, and are particularly noted for the invention of micromail, which famously doesn't chafe. As required by the trope, they're flamboyant, over-the-top characters, but it's somewhat put on for the customers; most notably in the case of Pepe who fits the Always Camp description when he's working, but is Macho Camp the rest of the time (and may or may not actually be gay).

    Live Action TV 
  • In Castle Matilda King is a designer who runs her own fashion house, and Kate worked for her when she was a model. After solving a case where Matilda's assistant was murdered, Matilda asks Kate to model a Fairytale Wedding Dress she designed. It looks so good on Kate that Matilda gives it to her (though it ends up as Doomed New Clothes).
  • In the pilot episode of Ellery Queen, the victim is a successful fashion designer who is killed at home while working on her latest annual line of clothes. Not only does this career give her the wealth to realistically live in her expensive apartment, it also gives the detectives her sketches to serve as clues to her personal history and help them solve the case.
  • In an episode of Head of the Class Eric shows a talent in fashion design, which he ascribes to watching his mother do piecework for major New York designers for extra money. But it turns out that all his designs are subconsciously plagiarized from those same major designers.
  • After Hercules: The Legendary Journeys did an episode about ballroom dancing, the show did a follow up with those same guest characters, this time involving fashion design.
  • In Just Shoot Me! Dana Carvey played a designer who thought Nina dissed him, but it was Maya who felt his designs were just empty flash. At the end of the episode he tricked her into publicly wearing a design that was Vapor Wear.
  • Project Runway is a Reality Show where the contestants are aspiring designers.
  • In a final season episode of Saved by the Bell Lisa is applying for an internship at a clothing design studio and as a part of the application process she has to put on her own fashion show with her own designs and models. Kelly and Jessie are the models while Zak and Slater organize the event.
  • The title character of Zoey101 aspires to be one, and she often designs, customize and makes clothing.

    Toys 
  • Introduced in the 1990's, the "Fashion Plates" toy allowed aspiring children to create outfits and looks with a trace and color set of stencil plates.

    Video Games 
  • In Animal Crossing designers in the game include Sable, a hedgehog who barely talks to the player and seems to avert the typical tropes for a fashion designer, and a giraffe named Gracie who absolutely lives up to the trope, being very egotistical and 'artsy', as well as very camp (as She's a Man in Japan).
  • Junko Enoshima in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc earned her scholarship to the academy as the Super Highschool Level Fashion Girl/Fashionista, known for her wild and innovative designs, which she's modeled in dozens of magazines and photo shoots seen at the start of the game. It serves as an early hint at her uncanny ability to manipulate people by understanding their wants and desires.
  • In Fantasy Life being a tailor is one of the Player Character's job options.
  • Harvest Moon:
  • In Ikemen Sengoku, the main character is about to start her dream job as a fashion designer... until a wormhole throws a wrench into her plans by sending her back in time to Japan's Sengoku period. She's still able to eventually pursue a similar job as a seamstress there, though.
  • The Imagine series by Ubisoft includes several games where you can be a fashion designer, from Imagine: Fashion Designer to Imagine: Fashion Designer World Tour. Ubisoft also made a couple similar games: My Fashion Studio and Fashion Studio Paris Collection.
  • This is one of the many job options in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward.
  • Love Nikki - Dress Up Queen takes great pains to differentiate between fashion designers (who design clothes) and stylists (who create outfits based on already-existing clothes). Since the game takes place in a world where all conflicts are resolved through fashion competitions, if a character you meet or hear about isn't a stylist, they're almost certainly a designer instead.
    • Lunar is a designer - she and Nikki meet when Lunar's shoe designs are stolen by a fashion spy and Nikki volunteers to retrieve them.
    • Royce is a designer - he searches for inspiration on his travels and dragoons Neva into wearing his designs to compete with Nikki.
    • Prime Minister Nidhogg was a designer before he became a politician — in fact, it was his strong design skills that caught the eye of Queen Nanari, earning him a place in the government of Lilith.
    • Zhong Lizi is a designer whom Nikki encounters at the Designer's Tea Party in Wintermount.
    • King Sayet was a designer and a powerful ruler. His three greatest designs were so amazing that upon his death, an international conflict erupted over who would gain possession of them.

    Webcomics 
  • Girl Genius: In the "Revenge Of The Weasel Queen" arc Agatha builds the Fashion Clank, which has a French accent and a stereotypical fashion designer's attitude. It is horrified to learn that it was built for the sole purpose of turning mutant rabbit skins into mutant rabbit costumes. Later, it designs elaborate costumes for various characters, presented as paper doll cutouts.
  • In Schlock Mercenary Captain Tagon's father sends him a robotic tailor for his birthday, providing an excuse for new uniforms and outfits for him as well as several other officers. Later on, Tailor Took a Level in Badass and became a surgeon and a combat asset.

    Western Animation 
  • Jem:
    • Shana is an up-and-coming fashion designer. This is the focus of most of her character development. She makes some of the attire the characters wear. One episode even revolved around the others thinking she wanted to leave the band to pursue her designer career, only for Shana to feel they're replacing her and underappreciating her.
    • Regine appears near the end of the series. She is also an up-and-coming fashion designer. Her and Shana become quick friends over their shared passion for fashion. Regina is a Toyless Toyline Character because the cartoon was Cut Short before her dolls came out.
  • Marinette from Miraculous Ladybug loves to design and frequently does so in her free time.
  • Clawdeen from Monster High frequently does drawings of outfits and sometimes even gets to design them. This is prominent in the special "Scaris, City of Frights".
  • Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a fashion designer by occupation and various famous ponies such as the singer Sapphire Shores have worn her dresses. She's been featured in magazines and put on many fashion shows. She a very dramatic person, who uses a Mid-Atlantic Accent and calls everyone 'dear' and 'darling' and loves using jewels on her outfits. In the season five episode "Canterlot Boutique" she opens a new store in Canterlot, and in the season six episode "The Saddle Row Review" she opens a third boutique in Manehattan.
  • Stella from Winx Club who plans on becoming one. She is also a fairy, and uses her magic instantly create clothes with magic.

    Real Life 

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