The question, ‘How much do fashion designers get paid?’ is complicated. A fashion designer’s income is going to vary based upon his or her prestige and firm. For example, Stella McCartney, daughter of the Beatles’ Sir Paul McCartney, owns and designs her own clothing line; she earns millions. An designer at Versace, Prada, or other high-end design houses is going to earn several hundred thousand dollars each year very easily. However, most fashion designers do not head fashion design houses. Instead, they work as retail buyers, store managers, and low-end designers (such as for retail outlets like H&M;, the Gap, etc.). Therefore, the typical fashion designer earns $25,000.00-$50,000.00 per year.