I am a student of Class X and I want to become a fashion designer. Which stream should I take in Class XI? Is there any scope in this field?
Alisha Clement (16) / St Patrick’s Jr College, Agra
A diploma in fashion design technology is the minimum requirement to enter this field. However, many employers prefer a bachelor’s degree with knowledge of textiles, fabrics and fashion trends. A portfolio, representative of a designer’s best work, is sometimes more important in finding a job than an extensive education.
Many polytechnics and institutes all over India offer courses in fashion designing. Duration of the courses varies from few months to five years. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is the premier institution in the country offering professional training in various areas of the fashion industry.
The continued demand for all types of apparel, growth in population and rising personal incomes will favourably affect the need for fashion designers. However, competition for good jobs is expected to be very intense. But individuals with the necessary personal traits, such as creativity and perseverance, may have less difficulty establishing and maintaining careers in fashion designing.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.