In the Government's official statistics on the creative industries, published in 2019, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the economic contribution of the fashion industry is partly accounted for in the category of "design and designer fashion".
Using the official statisticians' methodology, there were an estimated 163,000 UK jobs in design and designer fashion in 2018. Between 2011 and 2018, this employment number increased by 60 per cent.
Judged by Gross Value Added (GVA), the design and designer fashion category, generated an estimated GVA of £3.94bn. This measure grew by 7.7 per cent year on year, and had increased by 100 per cent between 2010 and 2017.
There were also an estimated 23,400 UK businesses in the category in 2017, increasing by almost 3 per cent year on year.
Source: Creative Industries Economic Estimates - Business Demographics, DCMS, January 2019.
According to data published by the DCMS, exports of services from the design and designer fashion category were worth £461m in 2017. (Note: these figures are likely to under-estimate the value of exports in this category and conflict with other estimates of the value of exports from UK design and fashion businesses).
Source: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates, Trade, DCMS, September 2019