Career Options in Fashion Designing

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Recently the Lakhme Fashion Week celebrated its 10th anniversary since its inception with a grand bash and fashion show. In the last decade fashion has become huge business in India. Young people want to be ‘en vogue’ and this has resulted in a thriving textile, garment industry, leather and accessories industry.

As the gorgeous models of Lakhme Fashion Week walked the ramp and strutted their stuff in vibrant colours and elegant accessories, I thought to myself, well this is a profession I’m sure a lot of young people would aspire too and so here I am writing to you about a career in fashion designing.

Fashion design is a profession full of creativity; it is a highly competitive industry and requires people to be extremely talented and industrious.

Fashion designing can be divided into three main branches – Garment design, Leather design, Accessory and Jewellery design. The major functional areas in the industry are designing, merchandising, popularizing and marketing of the various styles and products.


After training a fashion designer can work in numerous areas like

  • Designer Wear Production
  • Planning and Concept Management
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Design Production Management
  • Fashion Media
  • Quality Control
  • Fashion Accessory Design
  • Brand Promotion

A fashion designer can be engaged as a

  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Personal Stylist
  • Technical Designer
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Apparel Production Manager
  • Fabric Buyer
  • Fabric Quality Control Manager
  • Showroom Sales Representative
  • Illustrator
  • Cutting Assistant
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Entrepreneur

A Fashion Designer can find a job at a large number of places including

  • Export Houses
  • Garment Store Chains
  • Textile Mills
  • Leather Companies
  • Boutiques
  • Fashion Show Organizers
  • Jewelry Houses
  • Media houses specializing in fashion or
  • TV show and Film production houses

Courses in Fashion Designing

There are Graduate, Post graduate, Certificate and Diploma courses in Fashion Designing that a student can do.

Admission to a course in fashion designing is competitive and through a written test, group discussion and interview. Students can choose one from several courses available in areas such as Accessory & Jewelry Design, Modeling, Garment Designing, Leather Designing, Interior Designing, Textile Technology, Textile Design and Footwear Design.

Some Institutes Offering Fashion Designing Courses

  • International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), Ground Floor, South Extension 2, H-12, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi, Phone: 011 24620430
  • IEC School of Art and Fashion, H.O. IEC House, M-92, Connaught Place, Opp. Super Bazar, New Delhi 110001. Phone : 3325667, 3325938
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion, A 21/13, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase 2, New Delhi, Phone: 011 41417693
  • Centre for International Management, A 231, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase 1 , New Delhi– 110020
  • Delhi Institute of Fashion Technology, 23, Raja Garden, IInd Floor, Above Vijaya Bank , New Delhi– 110015
  • Apeejay Institute of Design, 54, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, Mehrauli Badarpur Road , New Delhi- 110026
  • Asian Polytechnic, E-99, Mansarover Garden , New Delhi – 110015
  • Aryabhatt Polytechnic, G.T. Karnal Road, Adjacent to Shakti Nagar Telephone Exchange , New Delhi  – 110033
  • National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), House, Sco 32-33-34-35, Sector 8-C, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh  Phone: +91-0172-2784980, +91-0172-2784981
  • Design and Innovation Academy (D.I.A.), A-94/10, Sector-58 , Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar Dist. Uttar Pradesh – 201303 Phone: 0120-2585878 / 79 / 80
  • A.L.T. Training College, Kaikodanahalli, Sarjapur Road, Near Bellandur Gate, Carmelram Post , Bangalore– 560035
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad and Chennai
  • Academy of fashion and Textile Technology (A.F.T.T.) #16, Gemini Parsn Complex, 3rd Floor,121, Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600006
  • Apparel Training and Design Centre (A.T.D.C.), 116-B (Old No.-70-A), Vellalar Street, Mogappair west, Near Golden Flats Bus Stop, Chennai – 600037
  • Auxilium School of Interior Design, D 8, Halls Towers, 56 Halls Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600008
  • Central Footwear Training Centre, 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai, TN – 600032
  • Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu– 600020
  • Avinashilingam University for Women, Mettupalayam Road , Coimbatore– 641043
  • Academy of Hair Styling, Mumbai, Yari Road, Versova, Andheri , Mumbai – 400102
  • Aastha Institute of Gemmology, Office. No. 102, First Floor Radiant Plaza, Above ABN Amro Bank,  327 M.G.Road, Camp,  Pune – 411001
  • Creations – The School of Design and Technology, 4, Lunkad Villa, Opp. Cafe Coffee Day, Law College Road, Pune– 411004
  • Anima Institute of Fashion, 1, Shambhu Nath Pandit Street, Beside Lazeez Restaurant, Kolkata – 700020
  • Arch Academy of Design, Jaipur, Plot No. 9, Govind Marg, Opp. Block A, Malviya Nagar Institutional Area, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302017
  • Arihant Diamond Institute, Ground Floor, Hare Krishna Complex, Dalagiya Mahollo, Mahidhar Pura , Surat, Gujarat  – 395003
  • Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design (A.P.I.E.D.), Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat
  • APIED Campus, Near Bhaikaka Library, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand Dist. – 388120
  • Avi School of Fashion and Shoe Technology, S.C.O. 493-94, IInd Floor, Sector 35-C , Chandigarh
  • Banasthali Vidyapeeth,PO. Banasthali Vidyapith, Tonk Dist., Rajasthan – 304022
  • C.U. Shah Polytechnic, Surendranagar Dist., Gujarat – 363001
  • Central Footwear Training Centre, C-41-42, Site-‘C’, Industrial Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282007
  • Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (C.E.P.T.),
    Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Road , Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380009
  • National Institute of Design (NID) Paldi, Near Sanskar Kendra Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat Phone: 079 26623692
  • D.A.V. Polytechnic for Women, Jagadhri Road, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
  • Department of Industrial Training and Vocational Education, Ambala, Haryana
  • Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra Uttar Pradesh– 282005
  • Blitz Institute of Creative Arts (B.I.C.A.), 2nd Floor, Shakumbhari Complex, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 221005
  • Assam Textile Institute, Ambaari, Kamrup , Guwahati, Assam – 781001
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