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‘My experience will help young designers’
HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2014
First Published: 11:36 IST(16/4/2014)
Last Updated: 11:39 IST(16/4/2014)

Ace fashion designer Rohit Bal was recently signed up as mentor to the students of the JD Institute of Fashion Technology. We caught up with him to find out more about his new role.

What made you sign up as a mentor?
The purpose of being a mentor to the student designers of JD Institute of Fashion Technology is to contribute towards their future, help them deal with the world of fashion and guide them to become more commercially successful. It is about my experience of 25 years that I want to share with the world and there is no better way than to share it with students who are aspirational and are the future designers of India.

What’s important for a student of fashion to remember?
The first thing to remember is that the student is at a learning stage and needs to gain a lot of knowledge and put in a lot of hard work. It is important to keep in mind that this is just the beginning and there is a long way to go.
Will your mentoring be friendly or will you adopt shock and awe tactics?
There is no tactic as such. The most important thing is that the student needs to be comfortable with me. I plan to have a pro-active involvement with the jediiians. Also, at the same time, they need to be disciplined with their work. I don’t expect the students to excel in everything. I believe that each student has different abilities and plan to work on them accordingly.

What is fashion all about? Entertainment or comfort?
Fashion is all about projection of attitude. It is one’s philosophy of life. Fashion can be an entertainment only if one wants it to be at times. As far as comfort is concerned, it is not always comfortable. In most cases, people wear what they are comfortable in and that becomes their fashion statement.

Five things every student of fashion must remember?
There is no substitute to hard work. Honesty to the profession. Education, dedication and perseverance. Where there is a will, there is a way. The power of Imagination.

Is life stressful as a fashion designer?
Being a fashion designer involves a lot of seriousness. With the cut-throat competition, one needs to work ahead of time. Also, since it is a service industry, it is very difficult and at the same time important to please everyone.

Best thing about being in the fashion industry?
One gets to use the power of imagination and create something new each day. If you love fashion, you are following your dream and that I think is the best thing!

The biggest bloopers you can make in fashion designing?
Firstly, one tends to become very arrogant. Secondly, at times people try to be pretentious and try and be someone else. Also, people try and seek short-cuts to success which should not be an option.

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