Scope of Fashion Designing Jobs in India

Last Updated on 22/12/2020

Scope of Fashion Designing Jobs in India

R.S. Balakumar
Associate Professor
Dept of Fashion Design & Arts
Hindustan University, Chennai, India


Fashion designing is a creative field that involves creative, innovative ideas and designing. A fashion designer creates garments, textiles, handbags, shoes, belts and even jewellery. Fashion designing is seen as a glamour profession by most young people and present generation students. Begin withdrawing and sketching even early at school. Sketch people around you. People with different types and colours of clothing. Draw fashionable looking figures and learn to develop your Instinct for putting your ideas down on paper.

As a designer must have through knowledge and experience of the basic dress making skills. Training for apparel designing provides an access to fabrics and knowledge of basic craftsmanship and also of other specialized field like surface ornamentation and embroidery.

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Fig: Fashion designer

Scope of fashion designing jobs mainly depend on client needs, which obviously are influenced by current styling and trends, market prediction and the climate. The India market in sometimes attires follows the western markets. The designer needs to keep a c lose track. Size of the dress, fitting, style, colour, texture and material are all designers concern much more times of the designer in spent in exploration and research. Knowledge about fabric, weave, draping qualities, material, colour and design and changing trends is more important.

As for as the fashion designers concern requires the ability to creative, visualization and most important communicate their ideas.

Interested students fashion designers must undergo certification diploma graduation, post graduate degree programmes like M.Sc, M.B.A., and career through the standardized and quality oriented institution offering the fashion education in a systematic manner.

Jobs and Position for Fashion Designers

Assistant Designer:
A junior designer is generally there to assist designer and is responsible for following the designer’s ideas and his job may involve creating a paper pattern or even sewing the sample garment itself. He also assists in carrying out a thorough market research in trends, selecting fabrics, trimming, visiting retail stores, etc. To serve this position a specialized training in drawing, sketching, cutting, tailoring, sewing etc. is a must. He should also have an aesthetic sense of colour schemes and design.

Nowadays an outstanding artist who can draw free hand sketches of designer’s ideas is a must sough-after person by big houses and organization. In a way, is a person who is not only creative having outstanding sketches skills, but also a person with a high fashion sense. Illustrators are, at times, required to discuss with customers especially when new3 collections have to be introduced and this post no doubt requires excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with prospective clients.

Fashion coordinator:
A fashion coordinator’s job on the one hand is the most common in the industry but, on the other hand, it is a most competitive and glamorous job requiring a high level of creativity and excellent communicating skills.

Printing designer/Artist:
If you have an eye for beautiful pattern on fabric, a sharp colour sense, and a taste for fashion then you may find the job of printing designer interesting.

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A trained colourist plays a vital role in the textile-printer, artist team. He keeps a record of colour sample and fabric pieces. They are the ones who are involved in block printing or machine printing.

Fashion journalism:
Fashion journalism has a bright scope of employment. However, it is progressing rapidly as per the liking of present-day youth in respect of glamour, luxury and excitement. To cope with the trends of fashion and its influence on society, the need for exclusive articles and programmes is being felt.

Fashion modelling:
Modelling at best is divided into two types live modelling and photographic modelling. Live4 modelling is what we see in fashion shows, exhibition etc. and photographic modelling is for shots of clothes. As such, no specific education background is needed for becoming a model but one must have a very attractive personality.

Instructor (Garments Manufacturing):
He is the one who is responsible for teaching theoretical and practical aspects of garments manufacturing. He should have thorough Knowledge of the subjects to be handled.

Merchandising Assistant:
Merchandising Assistant is basically a marketing man. To develop a line for the coming season to his basic job. He is responsible for studding past and current sales data and analysing trends.

Production executive:
He keeps records of production, inventory, piece-goods and shipments. He keeps track of deliveries and orders. His job involves keeping contacts with clients and these calls for perfect PR skills.

Other jobs like Industrial Engineer, Assistant Plant Engineer, Fashion Coordinator, Sample Coordinator, Design Co-ordinator, Fashion Designer, Free – lance Designer, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Consultanting-agency, Fashion Journalist, Choreographer (FASHION), cutting – incharge, Sketcher, Faculty in a fashion institute, Entrepreneurship, Boutique Business, Fashion photographer.

The job of the designer, in fact, varies considerably from company to company. In a large firm he or she, may have to produce a large number of design ideas but all within a fairly narrow range of price, style and type of fabric. In a small firm supplying boutiques the demand will be for many more ideas, style, shape of silhouette, colour and fabric. In some situations the designer will be expected to produce the pattern, sample garment, and perhaps to prepare everything for production in the factory.

Career Options in Apparel Merchandising:

  1. Executive Trainees.
  2. Merchandiser (domestic/overseas)
  3. Production coordinator,
  4. Quality controllers,
  5. Fashion Retailer, Export manager,
  6. Showroom manager,
  7. Manager in Buying Agencies.
  8. Overseas positions with multinationals.
  9. Manager (costing & production).

Career Options in Textile Designing:

  1. Textile Designer.
  2. Embroidery Designer,
  3. Silk screen Artist,
  4. Colourist,
  5. Weaver,
  6. Dying & printing consultant.
  7. Fabric Analyser,
  8. Textile Lab manager,
  9. Faculty position in Textile Related colleges.

Career Options in Garment Business Administration:

  1. Production manager,
  2. Senior merchandiser,
  3. Quality Controller,
  4. Documentation Manager,
  5. Overseas marketing Manager,
  6. Domestic marketing Manager,
  7. Retailing Manager.

In India, the fashion scenario began to gain momentum only in the ‘90s. The 90s saw the beginning of strong branding in menswear and the emergence of department and large solo brand stores. In addition, launch of branded structured garments, women’s lingerie and leisure wear. Jeans garments introduced in the late 90s.Designer began to emerge as source of fashion dissemination. In fact, the domestic garment industry in India woke up to a ready to wear revolution of sorts. However, the retail revolution as expected did not materialise, wrotes Dr. Darlie O. Koshy.

That the Fashion industry in India is growing is evident from its global appeal. Indian clothes, colour, fabric, makeup and accessories are making a fashion statements across the globe.” India has a rich heritage in textile, crafts and jewellery-a designer’s delight. Now that Indian designers are holding fashion shows abroad, the world has become aware of its potentials.” Says, Prof.  Anuradha Kumar of the National Institute of Fashion Technology. (NIFT).

Indian fashion has enough potential to make a global fashion statement as its craft, embroidery, weaving, weaving styles and colours are distinct and attractive, says designer J.J. Valaya. His shows at Dubai, London, Manchester, Hong Kong, Singapore, Banghkok, and New York, attracted and mixed crowds and the clothes were selling.

Indian dresses are very ornamental with intricate embroidery unlike the Europeans’ which are sleek and plain. Thus, it is but natural, the people look forwards India when they want to change, says, R.C. Dalal, Director of J.D. Institute of fashion technology. He credits Indian Designers for attracting world attention to through country’s rich heritage in fashion.”Their creations at International beauty pageants worn by Indian contestants have been waves and winning awards.”

Fashion Designing course is having the bright future in India as well as in overseas countries. More number of universities, colleges, institutes is going on introducing the fashion designing, fashion technology, apparel technology, and textile technology courses. Nowadays students are very much interested in selecting this course as their career purpose. More earning, job satisfaction and live happily with their family members.

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