Fashion Design

Published On: 20 Oct 2008

 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

The entrance of Indian fashion designers into the international arena is a commendable feat. To make it easier for upcoming fashion designers, the government as well as privately funded institutions has introduced comprehensive courses that allow the Indian youth to consider the fashion industry as a viable career option. Over the last few years India has seen a lot of fashion and design focused institutes bloom and more and more students taking up the course as a serious degree.

Eligibility: -

  • Performance in entrance exam
  • For undergraduate programs - 10+2 with a minimum of 50% from any recognized board of education
  • For postgraduate program a bachelor's degree in a specific field
  • Having a portfolio of sketches, drawings and other artistic creations help

Skills and Aptitude: -

  • Originality, creativity, an eye for detail and understanding of clothes and fashion
  • Knack for combining the right color shades, textures and fabrics to to bring to life one's imagination
  • Knowledge of fabrics, the way they draping, material, weaving styles, color and design
  • Basic tailoring skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Fashion consciousness
  • Market awareness and awareness of the consumer's preferences

 



 

Fashion Design Courses: -

  • Textile and Apparel Design
  • Leather Technology
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Footwear Design
  • Jewellery/Gem Designing

Fee Suggestion: -

Like most vocational courses, a degree in fashion too is expensive. Educational loans are an option for those who aren't able to afford it on their own, personal loans are also a viable option to finance one's education though they come with a higher rate of interest.

Career Prospects: -

Fashion designing is a demanding profession. The long working hours during college only prepare one for the long working hours as professional. And one should remember that fashion designing is not only limited to designing clothes. Fashiona design in fact includes a vast gamut of professions that include Jewelry or accessory designing. Most designers start by apprenticing with an established fashion designer or a fashion house or look for employment in an export or manufacturing unit. Others freelance from a hime studio or boutique and develop their own labels. Career options can include any of the following -

  • Fashion marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Fashion design production
  • Costume design
  • Personal stylist
  • Technical designer
  • Production pattern maker
  • Cutting assistant
  • Fashion coordinator
  • Apparel production manager
  • Fabric buyer
  • Fabric quality control manager
  • Sales representative
  • Fashion journalism
  • Fashion photography

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