The article is about how to become a successful fashion designer? A structured fashion designing house or fashion design department comprises of following people:
Designer – You’ll design and experiment with ideas in line with the trend. Draw the initial sketches and chart out the details of fabric to be used, colours, threads, buttons and other materials. Coordinate the activities of other people in the house or department. Big fashion houses usually have assistant designers to assist the head fashion designers.
Junior fashion designer – Puts together the samples. The work involves surveying the market for fabric and other materials and their procurement. Coordinates with the cutting assistants and the other production people. Prepares art works and samples for presentation to the prospective buyers and clients.
Cutting assistants – You cut sample pieces, alter patterns, assist in the design room and cut the fabrics for the actual production.
Fashion coordinators – Your main job is to understand and predict the trends in the market. Co-ordinate between the clients and the fashion designers and look after the production process.
Fashion Merchandisers – Source the fabrics and materials required for producing the garments. They also help to determine the price of the designed products.
Courses & EligibilityDiploma in Fashion Design: 10+2 (Arts, Commerce, Science) /P.U.C./Polytechnic/equivalent with 45% marks in aggregate (40% is sufficient for SC/ST candidates).Reputed institutes like NIFT/ NID select candidates on the basis of entrance exam.Four-year graduate programme in apparel design/equivalent course: 10+2, Entrance test Apeejay institute of design.B.Sc in apparel/fashion design/equivalent course: 10+2, Entrance test, Mangalore Institute of Fashion Technology (MIFT) Kulai, MangalorePostgraduate programme in apparel design from NID: Any graduation
Course FeesGovernment institutes charge around Rs 50,000 as tuition fee. For private institutions, the fee is higher.
Top Colleges for Fashion Design
- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) (various campuses): B.Des. (Fashion Design) and B.FTech. (Apparel Production)
- FDDI, NOIDA, Fursatganj, Chennai, Kolkata, Chhindwara, Rohtak, Jodhpur, and Guna offers 4 years undergraduate program in Fashion Design
- International Institute of Fashion Technology, South Extension Part I, New Delhi
- Apeejay Institute of Design, 54, Tughlaqabad Institutional Area, New Delhi
- National Institute of Design (NID) Paldi, Ahmedabad.
- National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh
- Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) C-115, Phase-VII, Industrial Area, Mohali
- Pearl Academy of Fashion, C-56/2 Okhla Indl Area, Phase II, New Delhi
- Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, PO Box 6430, Yelahanka, Bangalore (Karnataka)
- Institute of Apparel Management, Gurgaon.
- Punjab University, Chandigarh offers 5 years integrated B Sc and M Sc Fashion Technology, there are 45 seats.
Pay and RemunerationThere is no limit to the amount of money that one can earn in this sector. Leading designers charge a few thousand to a few lakhs for a single design item. Fresh graduates can start from around 2.5 lakhs per year. With experience and with talent one can easily earn much more in very less time.
Career ProspectsFashion designing graduates find employment according to their specializations in Fashion houses, export houses, Textile businesses, garment manufacturing companies, in government handlooms and with textiles manufacturer, and in the film and TV industry.
Famous PersonalitiesRitu Kumar: Ritu Kumar has often been labeled as ‘the empress of Indian haute couture’. Her natural sense of design and beautiful styles has led her to the top spot amongst the whole array of Indian fashion designers. Her styles include a combination of ancient Indian handicrafts like zardozi, bandhani and chikan work presented with a touch of contemporary flair which has resulted in extremely beautiful creations. Almost every Indian bride dreams of having an original Ritu Kumar creation in her trousseau.Manish Malhotra: Manish Malhotra is an Indian fashion designer par excellence. He is the face behind the style and designs adorned by some of the popular Bollywood leading ladies such as Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Preity Zinta. What made Manish Malhotra popular was his unique sense of style and his expertise in envisioning an authentic ‘feel and look’ for the on screen characters. Apart from popular Indian biggies, Manish Malhotra has also designed the attire for Michael Jackson during one of his India visits.Miuccia Prada: She is a famous Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Forbes.com wrote in its article titled ‘The World’s Richest People 2001’: “She and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. Since then, they’ve turned it into a fashion powerhouse”. The prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of American International Award was bestowed on Miuccia in 1993. This fashion powerhouse has expanded so exponentially that its portfolio now includes international labels such as Azzedine Alaia, Fendi, Helmut Lang, and Jill Sander.
Job of a Fashion DesignerFashion designing is essentially about designing garments. Fashion designers use their creative abilities and sense of style to use various fabrics and techniques to create work of art. Fashion designing is science and art both. The designers need to know the science or the techniques behind creating garments.The designers take inputs from the clients and put a fine piece together. But that is not always the case. Sometimes they design outfits and showcase them on ramps and it becomes fashion. Thus marketing and popularizing a particular couture is an integral part of the career in fashion design.One may specialize in contemporary or traditional or bridal wear or ready to wear line, men’s wear etc.