Did you know that an average/fresher fashion designer can start his career at ₹ 4, 00, 000 per year? And, if you are creative and an out of the box thinker, then you can even run your own fashion label and become a billionaire! From selection of fabrics and patterns to sketching and designing of products, a fashion designer is not just about glitz and glamour – it requires the x-factor and a persistent hard work to become a fashion designer of some repute.
Know about yourself
You can choose to become a fashion designer if:
- You have a descent colour, design and aesthetic sense, eye for details and knowledge of fabrics- to count the least. Just check out with the fashion festival going on at Amazon and Myntra.
- You are still at the 10+2 level, want to kickstart your career in the quickest time and have an artistic instinct.
A combination of technical and a creative balance is a must.
How to get started?
Unless you have a miraculous luck, you do need to have a formal fashion designer education to step into this world. You can get a Bachelor’s in fashion designing or fashion merchandising after your 10+2. Here you are taught and trained about different fabrics and designs, usage of computer aided design (CAD), project handling and more. Top fashion designing institutes in India are:
- National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Patna, Hyderabad, Mohali) – through NIFT Entrance Exam
Fashion Design, Accessory Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design, Apparel Production, Leather Design
- Pearl Academy (Delhi) -through Pearl Academy Entrance Exam
Fashion Design, Media Communication, Fashion Styling & Image Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Fashion Business Management, Marketing & Retail Management Luxury Brand Management, Jewellery Design, Branding & Advertising Management.
The Indian Textile Market is rapidly growing at 17% per year- thanks to online shopping platforms like Jabong and Myntra which have actively involved Indians to dress up and focus on looking good. Thus, looking at the ever increasing demand, the Indian fashion market is starving out of trained professionals, especially those who have an amalgamation of fashion and designing sense, management, technology awareness and communication.
You generally start as an assistant, attached to a reputed fashion designer, and get about 15k to 20k a month. There are different job roles in the world of fashion designing ranging from fabric quality control manager, apparel production manager, cutting assistant, illustrator, and room and outside sales representative etc. Top fashion companies and houses include big names like Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Sandeep Khosla, Tarun Tahiliani, Abu Jani and others.