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Creative touch

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.

education Updated: Aug 20, 2013 16:28 IST

The lowdown

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.

Clockwork
8am: Exercise
9.30am: Start the day in office
10am: Meet client, understand his or her product requirements
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Restart session by researching the specifications outlined by the client
4pm: Break
5.30pm: Add individual touches to work
6.30pm: Leave for home
8pm: Check various fashion websites for the latest trends, cuts, fabrics etc
9pm: Dinner
10pm: Sketch
11pm: Go to sleep

The ­payoff
A fresh graduate joining the industry can expect to earn ­anywhere between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 40,000 per month. The pay increases as you gain experience. Your pay depends on the ­company you work for and the acceptability of your design. If your designs get accepted, then the sky is the limit for you as far money goes

Skills/TRAITS
* Sincerity
* 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

Getting there
After Class 12, opt for a ­professional course in designing to understand the nuances of fashion design and also learn how to market your products

Institutes and URLs
* National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi; www.nift.ac.in
* National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; www.nid.edu
* College of Art, New Delhi; www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/Lib_Collegeofart
* Pearl Academy of Fashion, multiple locations; www.pearlacademy.com
* Institute of Apparel Management, New Delhi; www.iamindia.in
* London College of Fashion, UK; www.fashion.arts.ac.uk
* Paris Fashion Institute; www.parisfashion.org
* Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles; fidm.edu
* WWI Neeta Lulla School of Fashion, Mumbai; wwineetalulla.net

Pros and cons
* Immense creative satisfaction
* The job could be demanding
* You might have to handle ­criticism
* Not always getting to design what you like

There is an urgent need for aspirants to look beyond the urge to be a fashion designer, an in-depth knowledge of the specialties of fashion will help in exploring new avenues ---- Neeta Lulla, a fashion designer based in Mumbai