Career in Fashion Designing

Fashion Design is an art that deals with designing clothing and accessories,keeping in mind different cultural attitudes, social customs and geographical aspects of a place.Fashion Designers are creative people who study all these things and come up with unique designs in clothing and create fashion

Right from the formal suit of the US president to the costumes of actors and actresses in movies, Fashion Designers are the professionals who develop clothing that resonates with the prevalent culture. Apart from having a keen sense of colour i.e. combination of shades and tones, visual imagination & knowledge of market trends, fashion designers need to be artistic, creative and must possess ability to translate ideas in sketches.
Basic educational qualification for a course in fashion designing is 10+2 from any stream, it varies depending on the course chosen.
A host of countries offer fashion designing courses for students. This translates into a steady demand for fashionable clothing and accessories which in turn mean that a steady influx of creative people is required.  Europe is the epicenter of the fashion industry. The chance to learn new stuff is immense but one should have the right aptitude for it.

Top Colleges

The job of a fashion designer may seem glamorous but in reality that is only 10% of the work. The remaining time is spent in sweaty factories, working endlessly on fabrics or accessories. Long hours are put in cleaning, machining and sewing fabrics to get the uber cool look.
 
Let us take a look at the top colleges offering the course:
 

INDIA

National Institutes of Fashion Technology, Bangaluru, New Delhi | School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) | Pearl Academy, Delhi

USA

Parsons, The New School for DesignRhode Island School of Design | Carnegie Mellon University

UK

University College London | University of Oxford | Lancaster University | Brunel University London

In order to get admission into a Fashion college in India, students should first clear the entrance exam, which would check their aptitude and eagerness towards that course. The test would either be a DAT – Design Aptitude Test or GAT – General Aptitude Test. 

Career Prospects

Fashion designers can find employment with professional designers as apprentices, with manufacturing units, export houses, boutiques, media as costume designers, freelancing for fashion houses and boutiques and at the same time it is a rewarding possibility for self-employment by opening your own boutique. 
People from this field normally get trained to do the following:
  • Researching fashion trends and staying up-to-date on contemporary styles
  • Creating sketches and samples
  • Choosing materials
  • Attending fashion shows
  • Performing business administration tasks
  • Marketing products
  • Supervising or working with design team members

Jobs & Salary

Graduates in fashion design can work with apparel manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, leather companies, boutiques, jewellery houses, importers and many major and independent retailers. People who love glamour can opt for jobs like fashion photography and costume designers.  After gaining experience, people start and run their own ventures.

What kind of companies do you work for?

  • Fashion houses hire fashion designers to work in-house as employees. They are employed to follow instructions and supplement the vision of the designer that owns the house
  • There are some department stores, like Shoppers Stop or Lifestyle retail, that hire in-house fashion designers. While it is similar to working for a high-end fashion house, these designers do not own any of their work and cannot sell it to anyone else.
  • Working freelance involves selling garments directly to boutiques and shops, or selling designs to fashion houses and clothing manufacturers. Here, the garment is a finished product.
  • Another avenue of employment is corporations like airlines, hotels and other large entities that have specific uniforms required for their large numbers of employees. Fashion designers are utilized for the new uniform designs.
  • Toy companies also hire fashion designers. The most famous fashion icon being the Barbie doll.

Remuneration in the fashion industry has no upper limit.  Fresh graduates start out at less salary but once you find your foothold, name, fame and moolah start raining on you. So bring out the creative monster and spin your magic because the gravy train is loaded guys!

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • You will be a harbinger of change, especially when introducing new designs and styles in clothes.
  • This career allows you to be wildly creative and it encourages you to push boundaries and tread new design ideas. Look at Satyapaul’s creations. Weird to some but they still sell like hot cakes.
  • If you have a penchant for clothing and designing something using your own brand of style, then you will definitely find your place in the fashion industry.
  • Fashion design can give you the opportunity to make a profitable and famous business, if you happen to come up with a successful clothing line.

Cons

  • Fashion design is filled with people who are highly critical when it comes to choosing who actually brought something new. What you may think as the best design concept may not be aesthetically pleasing to many. So develop a thick skin as people may not be kind to you.
  • You need to be very patient and hardworking for that big break you are longing for.
  • Behind all the glamour, there is a constant and never ending hardwork along with the possibility that your style may just not hit it right with your target audience. 

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