What is Fashion Designing?

One of the most creative course option, Fashion Design is considered to be a very prosperous vocational education stream not only in India but abroad as well. This is primarily because the Fashion industry has grown by leaps and bounds and that too within a decade.

Thus, going by these numbers it is apparent that selecting a course in Fashion Designing is bound to open up a plethora of opportunities for aspirants. However, it is worth knowing some important aspects of this course. Although Fashion Design and Textile Design are closely related to each other but there is a difference between the two. While Fashion Design is dedicated to creating clothes as well as lifestyle accessories, Textile Design course educates students about the process for creating structures as well as designs for knitted, woven, printed fabrics or surface ornamented fabrics and the likes.

Popular Design Specializations

Interior DesignGraphic Design
Jewelry DesignProduct Design

Fashion Designing Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants who have cleared their 10+2 from any stream (Science/Commerce/Arts) can pursue a Fashion Design course at the graduation level. However, most popular Design colleges allow candidates to take part in their admission process only if they have completed their schooling from a recognised board. To pursue such a course at the postgraduate level, design graduates are preferred but aspirants from other courses/streams can also apply.

Fashion Design Jobs & Top Employers 

Aspirants who wish to join the fashion industry need to have in-depth knowledge of various fabrics, weaves, draping qualities, colour as well as changing trends. Candidates who wish to pursue a career in Fashion Design can go through the list of job profiles mentioned below:

Fashion Designer: In such a job profile aspirants can either start their own label or join a firm to design clothes for them. As a fashion designer, an individual has to work on styling different types of clothes such as jeans, jackets, women’s wear, children’s wear, men’s wear, evening wear, knitwear, sportswear, and the likes.

Fashion Marketer: In this job profile candidates can work for clothing companies, boutiques or outlet chains. As a fashion marketer aspirants need to work towards publicising and increasing awareness of a particular brand, designer labels or department stores. So, basically if one chooses such a professional field then they are expected to plan, direct or coordinate marketing policies and programmes, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers.

Fashion Concept Manager: People working under this profile are expected to think of unique themes on which a clothing or accessory range should be designed by a designer, brand or fashion firm. Also, they research and suggest ways through which the new line of clothing should be advertised.

Quality Controller: The first and primary task of a quality controller is to set quality standards for anything and everything that is purchased for a new collection. Apart from this, the quality control (QC) manager also issues guidelines for each department to ascertain quality in various processes along the production of garments. QC is also responsible for checking the quality of the product through the various stages of production.

Fashion Consultant/Personal Stylist: People who wish to become fashion consultants/personal stylists are mostly self-employed. However, one can only make a mark for themselves in this job profile if they have a really good reputation in the fashion industry. The typical task of a fashion consultant/personal stylist is to help people develop a wardrobe that promotes their public image.  People working in this profession advise others on the latest fashion trends, clothing styles, colours to wear/avoid and how to do their make-up and hair.

Technical Designer: People working as technical designers are responsible for deciding how a garment should be stitched and made. Thus, they are responsible for creating a technical package or TP. So, their task starts when a sketch of the garment to be made is given to them. Typically speaking, technical designers need to put in sewing details, points of measurement (or POM), wash description, label/hangtag placement and packaging instructions.

Fashion Coordinator: They are responsible for creating a unified ‘look and feel’ across all fashion divisions of a department store, design house or fashion magazine. A fashion coordinator needs to constantly monitor various fashion publications and needs to be up-to-date with industry trends so that he/she can advise the organisation regarding which fabric, pattern and style the firm should produce.

Fashion Show Organisers: A person who works as a fashion show organiser needs to organise various fashion events. To be successful in this profession one should have good connections.

Fashion Design Top Recruiters

Fashion Design graduates have a plethora of opportunities before them. After completing their course aspirants can work with fashion designers as well as corporates. Some corporates that hire fashion design graduates are listed below:

Arvind GarmentsITC Ltd.
Madura GarmentsModelama Exports
Omega DesignsOrient Craft
Shahi ExportsSpan India
SpykarSwarovski India
Uni Style IndiaTexport Overseas
SnapdealShoppers Stop
Pearl GlobalMahajan Overseas
KimayaGokuldas Images
Indus League Clothing