How does one become a Fashion Designer and what is the scope of Fashion Design in India?
Fashion design as a profession tends to attract many people at an early age, but people often tend to focus only on the glamorous side of it and overlook all the work that goes behind becoming a successful fashion designer. Fashion is propagated as a mere expression of logos, seasonal wear and colors, limited to screens and reels. This notion is not only limiting but also misleading. We are at a point of transition in terms of time where what is relevant today may not remain so in the future. That being said, there are various points one needs to keep in mind when starting out as a fashion designer.
Becoming a designer does not always necessitate getting a degree, however one cannot overlook the exposure and training a fashion designing course brings in. No matter how talented one may be, guidance from industry leaders helps a student maximise their potential. Many fashion designers often combine their degree in fashion with marketing and business, setting them up for building their own label in the future, where they not only design but also run their business. Education is important and a degree from a prestigious design institute is an important addition to one’s resume, however no fashion designing degree can teach one to be creative but only push you in the right direction.
Design cannot happen in isolation, although a design institute plays a major role in the development of a designer, one still remains in a bubble surrounded by like minded people. For a growth as a complete designer, one needs to step out of that comfort zone and experience the real world. This experience comes in the form of internships. Through internships, one not only learns about styles and fabrics but also develop their marketing and sales skills. Doing multiple internships during the course one’s education is of utmost importance.
A portfolio is a representation of oneself. It is the first thing anyone would see even before they meet a person and thus it is extremely important to invest one’s time in developing a portfolio which speaks about you. The time spent at a design institute is the optimal time to build a strong portfolio, by working on each project with the same rigour and zeal as that of a professional project, one can develop an impressive portfolio by the time they finish their course. That being said, the work done during internships is also an important addition to the portfolio.
Becoming a fashion designer is not easy, it is a competitive world; nevertheless, with dedication and commitment one can make big in the field. With time the lens of fashion mandates a shift into a compassionate parallax of belonging and being belonged. A social construct of a circular economy, encouraging sustainable and long lasting ideologies that promote home grown and value what is hand- crafted.
Fashion Design has become famous among many creative minds but to say that the fashion industry has peaked would be an inaccurate statement. Yes, there are numeros mainstream fashion designers but it is not just an expression of logos, seasonal wear and colors, limited to screens and reels. Before stepping into the field of design, one must define ‘why’ they want to do so, following that comes ‘what they want to do in fashion, fashion is not just about creating a piece of clothing. It is purposed to be an inadvertent essence of self, a collective, a community at large – the world we inhabit, our habits, our motion and function. We stand at the cusp of transitioning into an unprecedented future where what is relevant today might lose its existence tomorrow or cease to be instrumental anymore. This thus, recalls a glance into the pensive. The lens of fashion mandates a shift into a compassionate parallax of belonging and being belonged. A social construct of a circular economy, encouraging sustainable and long lasting ideologies that promote home grown and value what is hand- crafted. This opens up countless new avenues to be explored in fashion.