Have a penchant for edgy designs? Love structured suits with clean lines and softly flowing fabrics? Want to draw, tailor, and see your creations on beautiful bodies? Creativity is, however, not the only thing that a fashion desiger should have. The ability to second-guess trends, follow fashions around the world and create something uniquely your own will ensure your success.
A fashion designer must be sensible to detail and have good visualisation skills as design is an expression of what one thinks, feels and experiences. He/she must be observant and have an open mind and understand the customers and their needs well. Though experience teaches one a great deal, a fashion design course will help in creating a strong foundation. Since there are hundreds of brands fighting for shelf space, a designer has to keep evolving. You will be required to do various things, including researching newest trends in the industry and creating sample sketches to choosing fabric and making a sensible business model for the product. Networking, being seen on the ramp are the other musts in this business.
What do they do?
The job of a fashion desgner is to apply designs to clothing and lifestyle accessories. The designs can be created with inspiration from cultural and social attitudes and must evolve with time.
While it is considered as one of the most lucrative, appealing, glamorous as well as exciting career options in the world today, fashion desiging is only meant for those who have creativity, style and originality.
If you have the ability to create magic with colours, shapes and designs, then a career in fashion designing is just the right choice for you!
Neeta Lulla says that becoming a fashion designer was “not on her agenda.” However, as a child, this leading fashion designer used to spend hours reading books on fashion that her father bought for her. She’d try out various styles of draping scarves, for instance, and her passion gradually metamorphosed into a full-fledged career.
Today, she is one of the most sought-after fashion designers and stylists in the country with over 300 films and several international fashion shows to her credit.
After studying fashion at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, Lulla started her career as a fashion choreographer and eventually moved to fashion design. “My first ever assignment was to design khadi and linen tunics with brocade. The first film I designed for was Tamacha, sometime in the 80s,” she says.
Lulla feels that the fashion industry has evolved, and so have the consumers. “Earlier, consumers would take time to adopt fashion trends. Today, though, with technology and media, even smaller towns are quick to pick up global fashion trends,” she says. The designer feels that it is imperative for beginners to qualify technically. “Creativity is crucial, but without knowledge, you cannot be successful. Fashion is not just about glamour and glitz; it has its own challenges. So one must be equipped to face them,” she says.
It is equally important to build one’s own brand these days. “In the 80s, there was no such thing as creating your own brand. If you worked well, people recognised your efforts and gave you more opportunities. There were no outlets and everything had to be tailored,” she says.
A typical day for Lulla involves planning, organising, checking new collections, themes, design cuts, fabrics, trying out new embroidery patterns, accessories, and so on.
“As a designer, you will be under media glare and people will point out your flaws and criticise you. But you must take it positively,” she says. So what’s the best part about being a fashion designer? “It allows me to project my philosophy, thoughts and emotions through my work. It helps you create something new and make a difference to society and consumers,” she concludes.
- Great communication skills
- Ability to inspire awe
- Amazing amount of patience, empathy and maturity
- Ability to connect with people and understanding their requirements
- Should have great design skills and the flexibility to adapt to the global scenario
How do I get there?
After Class 12, opt for a professional course (degree or diploma) in designing to understand the nuances of fashion design and also learn how to market your products. You may also go for short-term certificate courses that are offered on a full-time as well as part-time basis.
Pros & Cons about this career
• Immense creative satisfaction • Glamourous
• The job could be demanding • You might have to handle criticism • Not always getting to design what you like