Fashion design is an applied art devoted to the designing of clothing and lifestyle accessories. This art is influenced by cultural and social attitudes and has evolved over time and place. Fashion designing has come a long way from the designer clothes worn by the royalty of the ancient world to the haute couture products of the present. This career is the best way to explore your creativity and talent.

Fashion designing is one of the most lucrative, appealing, glamorous and exciting career options in today’s world. If you have a fondness for creativity, style and originality, a career in fashion designing is the one tailor made for you. On one hand, the fashion industry satisfies both the creative fancies and the materialistic needs of the people. On the other hand, it promises glamour, fame, success and a high pay packages to the talented people. Renowned Institutes provides courses for Master of Science in Fashion Design, Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Diploma in Fashion Design which most of it are from recognized universities and Approved by UGC. Any candidate who has successfully completed 12th level of Schooling (10+2) from a statutory board that is HSC or equivalent from any stream of subject is eligible for this course. During the 3 years course of Bachelor’s in fashion designing the students have learnt various subjects like Fashion Illustration, Pattern making and construction, Introduction to textiles, Fashion marketing and communication, Textiles and quality assurance, Fashion retailing and merchandising, Surface ornamentation etc.

The new, young, talented and ever creative generation has shown a huge interest in taking up courses in fashion institutes to enhance their creativity and get a first hand information on how the fashion world works? These young aspirants have their unique and creative style of dressing and believe in setting up trends rather than being trend followers. 

New designers often begin their careers working for those with more experience. They work as pattern makers or sketching assistants. With increased experience one can move into a supervisory position becoming, for example, a chief designer or a design department head. However, it is also a demanding career, as fashion designers need to combine their creativity with managerial skills to sustain in this industry. 

A career in Fashion Designing not only involves meeting glamorous people and interacting with rich and famous but also gives an impetus to the creative flair of the people who possess a sense of style. A career in Fashion Design encourages the creative flair of those minds who think to possess a sense of style. The major functional areas in the industry are designing the garment which includes sketching, cutting the cloth, sewing the pieces together and finally merchandising. Popularizing and marketing of the different styles and products is done through fashion shows on ramp and fashion write-ups. With the increasing scope of fashion these days, variety of textiles and materials are available in local markets for the fashion designers to explore with. India is now enjoying a benefit of acquiring a prominent place in the global markets with its unique embroidery patterns, beautiful and rich silks, hand-loom fabrics, rustic textures and dazzling dyes. Indian fashion designers have contributed a lot in creating a world market for Indian garments.

Some Fashion designers work as freelance designers and design for individual clients or sell to stores or cloth manufactures. Some designers work for Fashion Company and design for the company only. Other designers start their own fashion shops or stores and sell under their own label. One can find job with Export houses, textile mills, boutiques, garment stores, leather companies, and jewellery houses after completing degree or diploma course in fashion designing. Career Options: Fashion Designer, Fashion Coordinator, Fashion Illustrator, Fabric Technologist, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Journalist, Freelance Designer, Fashion Stylist, Faculty, Boutique owner, Costume Designer, Fashion event coordinator, Fashion Choreographer, Fashion cutter, Brand store manager, Fashion Photographer, Fashion editor, Visual Merchandiser, Jewellery Designer, Apparel Designer, Accessories Designer. 

About The Author: Ms.Renuka Ghospurkar, HOD for Suryadatta Institute of fashion technology, leading the fashion designing department at SIFT for the last 9 years and has started many initiatives for benefits of students along with their career. Expertise in expressing art through fashion. Masters in Textiles design and Apparel design, PGDBM in HR specialization, PGDFT and pursuing Masters in Sociology. An enthusiastic traveler, photographer and animal lover.