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BUILD YOUR CAREER IN FASHION If you can create magic with colors, designs and shapes, just acquire

VIFT professional skills & begin a successful career

India which has always been a centre for the textile and garment trade is also growing into a centre of innovation in garment and accessory design. If you have a penchant for creativity, style and originality, a career in fashion designing can be perfect 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 high pay packages to the talented people.

WHAT IS FASHION DESIGNING Every shoe, piece of clothing, and accessory on every hanger and shelf at every store has been designed by a fashion designer. Designing involves creating original designs after studying the changing trends of the market i.e market research. It has various fields of specialization like garments, footwear, jewellery and even luggage. Now the fashion industry has become so specialized that it encompasses a vast field of studies in design, concept management, design production management, quality control, planning, fabric design, printing, fashion accessory design, fashion merchandising, textile science, colour mixing, marketing and so on.

SCOPE OF FASHION DESIGNING The candidates with fashion designing courses have plenty of opportunity in todays world. Fashion designers find employment with textile manufacturers, garment export house, garment manufactures, fashion show organizers and trade fair authorities. They can explore excellent opportunities in many fields related to fashion. Some of them are as follows.  Accessory designing and fashion designing  Garment Manufacturing Technology  Apparel marketing and Merchandising  Leather and Garment Design and Technology  Knitwear Design and Technology  Textile Design and Development  Fashion Journalism CAREER OPTIONS With wide and diversified subfields; fashion designing provides wide array of career options. Some of the fashion-designing career options are as given below.  Fashion Designer  Fashion Coordinator  Fashion Consultant  Sketching Assistants  Fashion Stylist  Merchandising Executive  Illustrator  Fashion Show Organizer  Personal stylist,  Graphic designer,  Apparel production manager,  Fabric quality control manager,

Education and Training Requirements Most employers expect fashion designers to have a four-year bachelor's degree in fashion designing or in fine arts with a focus on design. Fashion designers must have a strong background in textiles and fashion trends, and a keen eye for color and proportion. The most important requirement for many jobs is a good portfolio. Courses in Fashion Designing It is not enough that you can sketch a design on a drawing board. Students interested in a career in fashion designing, need to enroll in professional courses to gain expertise in various areas of this industry such as garment manufacturing technology, textile science, apparel construction methods, fabric dyeing and printing, color mixing and computer-aided design. You can identify your area of interest and match it with your aptitude while choosing from the

courses offered in various areas of Fashion Designing. These courses are available in areas such as Accessory & Jewelry Design, modeling, garment designing, leather design, interior design, Textile Technology, Textile Design, Footwear design & allied subjects. Some of the Major Institutions offering Courses in Fashion Design College/Institute y National Institute Fashion Technology Campus Near Gulmohar Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 y Pearl Academy of Fashion C-56/2, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase II, New Delhi 110020 y Vidya Institute of Fashion Technology (VIFT), Bagpath Road, Meerut. U.P. y The Apparel Training & Design Centre D-8/2, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase -I, New Delhi - 110020 y y YMCA Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013 National Institute Of Fashion Design (NIFD) Hauz Khas Enclave, Adjacent to Laxmi Public School,New Delhi-110016 y South Delhi Polytechnic For Women, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi 110024 Several fashion institutes like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), Vidya Institute of Fashion Technology (VIFT) & Pearl Fashion Academy have been established where students learn to translate their creativity into dresses and fabric designs. Eligibility The minimum eligibility criterion for the undergraduate course in this field is 10+2 with 50% marks. The graduates can go for Post Graduate courses in fashion designing. As a part of selection process, some institutes conducts written test, situation test, group discussion and interview.

Fashion designers require being artistic, creative as well as posses the ability to translate ideas in sketches. They must have keen sense of colour, visualizing skills and knowledge of market trends. Companies for a Career in Fashion Designing Though you can remain self employed, several export houses, garment store chains, textile mills, leather companies, boutiques, fashion show organizers, jewelry houses provides career in fashion designing. Getting the Job College placement offices can often provide campus placements and also inform about how to find a job in this field. Internships with retailers or design firms may be available in your area. Earnings and Benefits Fashion designers' income varies widely according to experience and the nature of the job. Self-employed fashion designers at the top of the profession earn lots of name, fame and money. Fashion designers working for large companies usually receive health insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits with higher salaries. So

Make and break the rules of the wildly creative fashion world...

Dr. Gauri Assistant Professor Vidya Institute of Fashion Technology (VIFT), Meerut