If you are someone, who thinks of clothes as a way of expressing one’s identity. If you have always been interested in pursuing a career in which clothes are used as a creative outlet, then getting into fashion is the ideal way ahead for you!
Clothes have been a staple of our everyday life since the time of Adam and Eve. They are personal and intimate and also used to express our moods, change in surroundings and tastes. It’s who we are.
Fashion stalwarts have been known to change the way the world around them dresses. Be it Coco Chanel popularizing casual, sporty look among women post world war-I era (at a time when “corseted clothing” was strictly the norm), Christian Dior’s Pencil and A-line skirts or Balenciaga’s revolutionary divergence from the “hourglass look” and collar designs producing swanlike appearance.
Job profiles in the fashion industry: –
The fashion industry has a variety of diversified roles ranging from a stylist to a textile designer. It has a huge scope and is a multibillion-dollar industry.
Some of the many popular designations are listed below-
Courses and exams-
There are many colleges in India for different profiles of the industry according to the requirement of the student and the industry.
The most famous of course being National Institute of Fashion Technology.
To work in fashion, you can follow any of the following ways-
The list of Undergraduate programmes for students who want to get into the field right after high school can be found at the following link
Other institutes offering degrees in fashion technology in India are
1. Pearl Academy, Delhi
2. Amity University, Noida
3. Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology
4. Symbiosis Institute of design
5. Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology
Some people might prefer to choose a more general degree for UG and decide to specialise later in Fashion technology. A postgraduate degree gives you the chance to specialise and really develop your skills. It might also give you the edge when it comes to finding a job.
Or maybe you are sick of studying altogether. For those who want to experience the real world and get a feel of this industry before you completely decide to pursue it or just learn the ropes to set up your own business, this might be the route to take.
But keep in mind that finding an apprenticeship is the easier part, making it in the industry is a lot harder and you need every ounce of creativity and networking skills you have. Because this industry runs more on networks and social contacts than on anything else. Just having talent is not enough, you need to walk the extra mile in very uncomfortable shoes till you find the right one to fit your style!
Level of difficulty-
A career in fashion is often mistakenly perceived as being easier than others. However, it’s a lot harder than it looks. It’s tough to make it in this industry and might involve a lengthy struggle period. Though the creative satisfaction you will experience once you achieve what you wanted, will make it worth the hardship.
1.It is a great career for people with a creative streak.
2.The lifestyle is pretty awesome and you get to work with people having varied tastes and experience the essence of life.
3.Travelling is a big part of this job and hence can make it very interesting.
4.It is not a regular 9 to 5 job and will never be boring.
5.The audience for whatever field you choose in this industry will be large and hence the chances of succeeding are that much more.
6.There is the infinite number of job roles that exist and much more that can be created out of the blue.
1.The timings are not fixed and might turn into you putting in several late-night hours into the job. However, if that kind of a lifestyle is desirable to you then this is a definite pro.
2.Depression is often a side effect of this profession and there are many cases in public view too. A strong support from family and friends can take care of this con.
3.Before you get to actually work on what you love, you might have to do a lot of odd jobs working for superiors for a considerable period of time. But, this should not be a deterrent since this is a common part of creating jobs and helps in developing a tolerant attitude which is an essential requirement.
It is a common knowledge that life in this industry is filled with parties, late night shoots and fittings, interacting with the bigwigs and since the industry is exempted from taxes, money is free-flowing. This is a multibillion-dollar industry and will continue to thrive since people will never stop spending on clothes. All you need is patience and strong networking and other interpersonal skills.
Salary and growth perspective-
In the initial stages, pay will not be very good since this is an industry that is built on creativity. So, until you learn the ropes, money will be a little tight. It might be a good idea to make yourself a little financially stable with other sources to survive otherwise.
This profession constantly requires fresh ideas and faces so the competition is fierce. People are constantly hired and they need younger people for new content. So, to make yourself stable, you have to try and grab the upper management roles in the company to make yourself much more indispensable.
1.Anaita Shroff Adajania-
She is the fashion director at ‘Vogue India’ and the owner of Style cell company. Her career started as an assistant fashion editor with ‘Elle’ magazine. She is famous for her design work in several Bollywood films like Cocktail, Love Aaj Kal and Being Cyrus.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of the Associate Designer Members of Fashion Design Council of India and the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema.
The name Sabyasachi is synonymous with bridal couture in India. He is a graduate of NIFT, India.
Books to read for people interested in fashion (Other than magazines!) –
1.The devil wears Prada
2.Confessions of a shopaholic
4.Chasing Harry Winston
Movies to watch-
1.Coco before Chanel
3.The devil wears Prada (Yes, again. Coz Meryl Streep. Duh!)
1.To make it in this field you need to you need to put to use every bit of creative juices you have.
2.Perseverance is a necessary trait for this profession.
3.Confidence is mandatory as people will put you down as frequently as possible because of the fierce competition.
4.Hard work and ability to pull all-nighters.
5.Most importantly, interest in fashion 😋