Become a Fashion Designer

If you dream of models sashaying down the coveted ramp, donning your creations and the audience applauding your work, there’s good news for you. Your dream can transform into a reality – with a little bit of hard work, admission into the right fashion institute and a fetish for fashion, you can easily become a fashion designer. The Indian fashion industry is booming in lateral competition to the global industry. With the quick absorption of fashion trends and the right marketing tactics, Indian designers are much in demand today. Also, with the outbreak of celebrities and socialites and their fashion needs, the need for fashion designers is deepening. In fact, every second celebrity has a close relative or friend into fashion designing today. So, what does it take to join the silver circuit and become a fashion designer?
Fashion designing is an art well fused with the science of textile. First of all, the professional must have the natural talent of an aesthetic sense, a sense of trends and fashion and an acquired qualification from a reputed Fashion Institute. Creativity and imagination are an integral skill set required if you want to become a fashion designer. One needs to be bold enough to experiment and explore new waters in terms of design, colors and fabric. The aspiring professional must have a strong sense of color coding, which colors suit what fabric, occasion, season etc.

Next, one must be clear of the type of designing one wants to get into. E.g. there are two different types of designers viz. haute couturier and prêt a porter (ready-to-wear) The haute couturiere is an exclusive designer to select clientele like hi-profile actors or models. The latter is a designer of his or her own brand designs that are available for sale in retail. The haute couturiere must therefore have the ability to feel the pulse and taste of his / her clientele. The prêt- a porter designer must be a fashion guru, one who dictates the trends.

The required qualification to become a fashion designer is either a diploma or degree from a well-known fashion Institute. Some of the best examples are National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in various metros, NID (National Institute of Design), National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), and Pearl Academy of Fashion etc.

There are several options besides a degree or diploma that one can opt for if one cannot attend full-time courses. Certificate courses, 4-semester courses etc. in different specializations like production technology, fashion design technology, fabric styling etc. are also available on part-time basis. Though it’s not always a cakewalk to get in since they have some filtration process like a creative test etc. These types of courses are apt for housewives or even working women as an added qualification. With the help of this, one can start out on his or her own as a small-time designer or apply to fashion houses, design shops etc. Age, education background, gender etc. don’t have much influence if one wants to become a fashion designer.

Except, of course, one needs to be a graduate for part – time courses. This profession, though female-skewed, is taken seriously by men as well. With that extra effort and hard work, inborn talent and correct marketing skills, one can achieve success easily in this field. It’s not necessary to be a part of tinsel town to be recognized, one just needs to work his or her way up. There’s place for everyone in this huge industry that is going international as well. So, go ahead, get the admission, work hard and fulfill your dream of becoming a fashion designer.
Getting Paid to Dress People and Make Them Feel Good
Envision getting paid to dress people and make them feel good. You work with the most talented and creative people in the industry. Your name is franchised internationally; you can find it on billboards all over subway stations.

You hang out with the world’s most stylish people; some are celebrities, some are ordinary people with discriminating tastes. More importantly, you earn a six, or even, seven-figure income annually.

While there are only 18 haute couturiers worldwide acknowledged by the Syndical Chamber of Haute Couture in Paris and only a few designers have the privilege to operate showrooms or boutiques on Manhanttan’s Seventh Avenue, you can be successful as a fashion designer regardless of where you live and whether or not you graduated from fashion school



What if you have never worn “designer” clothing before? Of course, you are stylish but you cannot afford to wear an evening dress designed by Yves St. Laurent nor a pair of jeans by Donna Karan.

You may even ask, “Can a person whose apparel collection comes from neighborhood department stores, who doesn't live in New York City and didn't go to fashion school become a fashion designer?” The answer is a definite yes.

Despite the misconception that designer clothes are very highly priced, every piece of apparel is, in fact, designed by a designer. More than 95% of fashion designers work outside the small circle of haute couturiers and international fashion houses.

A fashion designer is a creative and technical professional who designs clothing within a specific theme for a specific purpose and a specific market.

Here are some examples of what a fashion designer creates, which range from everyday clothes to precious metal jewelry in various prices, shapes and sizes:

T-shirts
Evening dresses
Jackets
Socks
Career suits
Baby outfits
Denims
Maternity clothes
Hats
Jogging clothes
Bandanas and scarves
Umbrellas
Glass bead jewelry
Shorts
Swimsuits
Beach wears
Uniforms
Shoes

There are several career paths in this field that you can choose based on your strengths and interests. You’re not restricted to become an haute couturier or to work with one.

Some of the career paths to choose from:

Creative Designer
Technical Designer
Sketcher
Cutter
Pattern Maker
Textile Designer

Types of employers you can work with include:

Textile Manufacturer
Apparel Manufacturer
Fashion Studio Owner
Haute Couturier
Men’s Tailor
Retailer
Trend Consultant