Is It The Perfect Career for You?

The legendary fashion designer, Coco Chanel has the meaning of fashion down pat right in his quote - “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

If you are the kind to think beyond the textbook in your presentations, go out of the norm in your dressing style, and are constantly brimming with new ideas in everything you do, then a career in fashion would be a sensible decision for you. Fashion designing is a profession that hinges on you being a trend setter and an initiator who revels in giving shape to your creative ideas.

The students of Fashion/Textile design at Fashion institutes like Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and other fashion institutions are taught to translate their creativity and skills into dresses and fabric designs.

Incessant coverage of celebrities, their lives, and fashion and its events by the media and the mall culture has fed the growing consciousness of the general public about the changing trends in global fashion. This awareness has in turn led to a large demand for fashion among men and woman of today. In recent years, the country has seen a marked rise in the number of people opting for a career in fashion design.

Industry Snapshot

When compared to its global peers, the Indian Fashion Industry is pretty young, but is slated to grow at a faster rate owing to the influx of design schools and International design studios that have set shop in India. The fact that India is home to a wide variety of raw materials needed for the fashion market is a major contributing factor to the boom in fashion design.

International events such as the India Fashion Week and annual shows are held by leaning fashion designers in the major cities of the country every year. These fashion events showcase our talented designers worldwide and creating a foothold in the global fashion market. Recognizing our potential in the global market, the western brands also participate in these fashion events.

The phenomenal rise in the E-tailing market over the last two years has significantly changed the face of the fashion industry in India. Estimated at 2700 crores with an annual growth of over 30% and the online shoppers thronging to spend their earnings in buying branded clothing, the E-tailing market has resulted in a high demand for branded fashion products amongst Indian customers. The government bringing in FDI into the market will only increase the opportunities for everyone associated with the Indian Fashion Industry. 

Nature of Work

On one side, you will be trying to find peace to focus on what to design, on the other side you will be busy attending client’s meetings, preparing for shows, ensuring the apparel or the furnished product looks fine. That’s how the life of a Designer goes.

Come let’s explore closely, the nature of working in the Designing industry.

  • You have to keep your eyes open to notice the latest fabric trends, developments and innovations happening in the industry.
  • A Designer’s day is hectic from morning to late at night due to shows, events and launch parties.
  • The early years of being a Designer include a lot of struggle.
  • Travelling to places is required.
  • You are required to respond to product queries, including complaints from wholesalers and customers.
  • Ensuring quality evaluations of materials and checking the quality of the final product.
  • Advising commercial colleagues on technical aspects of the business.

Skills Required

The Fashion & Designing industry is a very competitive field and in order to become successful you must have talent. Mentioned below are the skills which are required by a Designer for becoming successful.

  • Highly Creative & Artistic.
  • Strong Drawing Skills.
  • Good Eye for Detail.
  • Domain knowledge about the product.
  • Strong Visualization Skills.
  • Excellent Communication & Interpersonal Skill.
  • A Competitive Spirit.
  • Ability to Work Well With a Team.
  • Knowledge & Interest in Current Fashion Trends.
  • Have the ability to examine different cultures.
  • Should have the business acumen.

Different Disciplines of Fashion/Textile Design

The list of career options within the Fashion and Designing industry is increasing day by day. Some of the disciplines of the Fashion & Textile Design industry are as follows:

  • Carpet Technology
  • Fashion Business Management
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Designing & Apparel Production
  • Fashion Designing & Boutique Management
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management
  • Fashion Styling & Image Design
  • Fashion Technology
  • Footwear Design
  • Footwear Technology
  • Garment Manufacturing Technology
  • Handloom & Textile Technology
  • Jewelry Design
  • Leather Design
  • Leather Technology
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Textile Designing
  • Textile Engineering
  • Textile Management

Want to explore any specific discipline in particular? Click on it. There are more courses available in the College Search page.

Education

Fashion is a deceptively enormous industry. Though Designers tend to get most of the public gallery, each large-scale clothing company employs thousands of professionals in fields ranging from Finance to Copywriting. This list just scratches the surface of the possibilities of a career in Fashion.

After 10th

One can enter the field after doing a diploma after 10th Class as well. These diplomas are related to Textiles and Apparel or related subjects like Merchandising, Fashion Designing, Textile Retailing, Product Management, etc. The course duration can range from one year to four or five years depending upon the opted program level. Associates degrees in Fashion Design typically take about two years to earn.

However, the recommended option is to have a 10+2 education. After which the student can appear for the entrance examination to qualify for the examination.

After 12th

Institutes in India offer various bachelor's degree programmes such as Fashion Design, Leather Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design, Accessory Design, Knitwear Design or Bachelor in Fashion Technology.

The eligibility for courses in the Fashion/Textile sector at the undergraduate level is 10+2, with any combination of subjects. But for those who want to join B. F. Tech course, Fashion Technology engineering or Textile engineering should take the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics combination in the 11th and 12th and prepare for the entrance examination. Or the candidate should have cleared General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics /International Baccalaureate.

Institutes also offer PG programs in Fashion Management, Fashion, Technology and Fashion design. Prominent institutes like National Institute conduct an entrance exam for getting admission to various courses at both bachelors and masters level in Fashion Design. It is both a paper-based and computer-based test.

Students who have completed their graduation in any field are eligible to apply for the Fashion Management courses at the postgraduate level. Candidates applying for the Masters program in Fashion Management at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) have to take the General Ability Test (GAT) and Managerial Ability Test (MAT) for the written entrance examination. Shortlisted candidates from the written entrance examination are required to undergo a psychometric test, group discussion and an interview. 

Prominent institutes in Fashion Technology are National institute of Fashion technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID), International Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (IIFT), IEC School of Art and Fashion, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Art and Fashion Technology (IIAFT), Mumbai, Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi, J.D Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. 

Career Prospects & Job Opportunities

The apparel industry is the second largest Industry in India. More than 81% of the population below 45 years of the age is Fashion conscious. Fashion Designers and Management experts foresee an average growth of about 10-15% for the Indian Fashion Industry in the coming years. In India, the Fashion industry has tremendous scope and offers plenty of opportunities for enthusiastic, talented and hardworking youngsters. Prospects for Fashion design graduates are pretty good. The Indian Designing industry boasts of having an overwhelming presence in the economy of the country.

Graduates in Fashion Design and Management can work with apparel manufacturers, Designers, haute couture, wholesalers, leather companies, boutiques, jewellery houses, importers and many major and independent retailers.

Besides the conventional jobs related to Fashion Design, there is also a great scope for parallel fields such as Fashion Marketing, Planning & Concept management, Fashion Media & Advertising, Design Production Management, Fashion Photography, Fashion Accessory Design, Quality Control and pPromotion of brands. With mega malls mushrooming at a nuclear speed, the Fashion market is soaking up trained professionals in the fields of Design, Management, Communication and Technology. 

It’s a huge industry and there are a multitude of jobs available. You can find one to suit your temperament and talents. Here are a few suggestions and ideas for getting started.

Many are attracted to pursue a career in the Fashion industry due to lucrative income opportunities. Aside from that, the idea that you can succeed on your own motivates aspirants even more. As a matter of fact, about one-third of professional Fashion Designers are self-employed.

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • It provides you with opportunities for travel.
  • Industry will give you the money you ask for once you have proved yourself.
  • A Fashion job will be an outlet for your artistic and creative expression.
  • You will be working with big, international Fashion brands.
  • There are some glamorous aspects to this business; you may get to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Cons

  • You will get work based on the reputation and creativity that you have earned, which is irrespective of experience.
  • Long and extended working hours to meet deadlines.
  • Lots of competition in this industry.
  • Up gradation of skills throughout the life.
  • Fashion or customer attitudes change often.
  • You should also remember that aside from the creative aspect of things, Fashion Designing is also a business.
  • You might want to set up your own studio but you will need a lot of money or will have to find investors who are ready to invest in your studio.

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