What are my career options in fashion design?

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What are my career options in fashion design?
The fashion industry is growing and the career options in fashion design have increased tremendously over the past few years. Some students choose to start their own line of clothing, some others may choose to work with senior designers and get more experience, while the others would dive into the retail or exports market.
As a part of the retail industry, you could design collections, manage brands, be a buyer or manage stores. The experience of working on collections helps you learn working in a team, creating a brand image and introducing new styles in the market.
As a merchandiser you would need to keep yourself up to date with the trends and ensure that you offer innovative solutions for the brand while keeping in mind the current tastes and styles.

As a store manager you would be required to use your management as well as fashion skills to ensure that customer has a fulfilling shopping experience.
If you like to showcase collections to allure customers, you could train to be a visual merchandiser. As a visual merchandiser you would need to decide the look and the feel of the display windows. You would need to dress up displays with props and mannequins according to specific themes as well as decide the way the collection is displayed inside the store.

Exports can be lucrative for those who would like to be production managers and be responsible for getting textiles and clothing made at the manufacturing level. They work with suppliers and retailers to make sure quality in production is maintained and orders are completed on time. This field has the potential to be exciting and challenging. Understanding the client’s requirements, material/garment production and meeting deadlines is stressful and yet fulfilling if you are equipped with the right set of skills and attitude.

Students with an exceptional sense of fashion designing, style and an ability to experiment may choose the Haute Couture. Haute Couture is a custom designed piece of art that is specially designed for a person, theme or occasion. It is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

Fashion and Media have always been closely connected. While stylists have always been in the limelight, media has now opportunities for connoisseurs and fashion professionals to write and express themselves through newspaper articles, columns and blogs. The digital era has made shopping easy and accessible for people but it is the reviews and fashion consultants and reviewers who influence the customers.

Apart from clothing accessories and shoes have their own identity in the fashion world. Designing jewelry, belts, hand bags, umbrellas and shoes that enhance the look of the outfit are in great demand. This requires deep understanding of material, sense of color and combination as well as attention to detail. Good visualization skills and experimenting with material will be a great combination to have to make a successful career in this industry.

How can WLCI help me in becoming a successful design professional?
The foundation program in Fashion Design nurtures the student’s drawing, design and thinking skills. The objective of this Fashion program is to give students rigorous practice in articulating their ideas through specific goal oriented assignments. The students are exposed to the latest trends, technology and design techniques. They are expected to develop ideas that are original, well researched and have followed the design process. The students are taken on field trips to understand the attention to detail, industry expectations and a glimpse of the life at work. Students get the opportunity to meet Fashion celebrities and practioners during their annual shows and jury presentations. This feedback helps them prepare and understand industry expectations.

The objective of the fashion design course is to prepare the student for the real world by nurturing their creative and thinking abilities in a way that they can produce pieces of art that are well appreciated in the field of fashion.

At WLCI students participate in Chimera every year, the Annual Graduation Fashion Show of WLC College. A scintillating annual event organized to launch the graduating batch of students as new designers in the exciting and highly competitive fashion industry. This year Chimera 2013 will showcase the work of 15 young and talented designers who have worked around varied themes on varied surfaces and textures, with some path-breaking experiments, covering a panorama of facets of design and styling, which will be seen on the ramp. The students have been guided throughout by highly qualified and experienced faculty and have interned with some of the finest fashion designers and design houses.

As Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach quotes “So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date”, as a fashion professional you are required to constantly look for inspiration both inside and outside and in the past to create something that has a personality of its own. A good designer produces products that make a mark in the market and have the potential to become a style than a trend.

WLCI School of Fashion technology is the top fashion designing institutes in India. This Fashion designing institute offers BA degree in fashion design, fashion marketing courses. The WLCI School of Fashion Technology offers professional courses in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.

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