Fashion designing is one of the most interesting and exciting field, but at the same time it’s very competitive. Just in India, there are more than 5,000 fashion design students graduating every year from various design schools across India . There are many fashion designers who have not been to design schools and yet have made a name in the industry, but joining a fashion designing course / institution would be more helpful to get the basics right. However there are certain things that every fashion design students should know while they are in the design school.
- Your course cannot teach you everything. Your syllabus copy is not enough. It is your responsibility to dig deeper. Everything that is included in your fashion designing course are important. But there are far more important things to learn which you will need when you start working. So get rid of the thought that, once you know everything that is included in your course, you will be all set for the job. No, you need to learn about other things that are not taught in your class.
- Do not depend on your teachers. Do try to learn more things by yourself. Make learning as your lifestyle, which will be handy in all phases of your life. Make use of your library. There are lots of websites, blogs, magazines and you tube channels on the internet to teach you anything you want to learn for free. Make use of those resources as much as possible.
- The design industry is completely digital and learning to design on computer is super important. Off course hand illustrations are really admirable, but when you are working in an industry which is on the move, the whole design process must be fast. Try to learn Adobe suit, Corel draw and other softwares .These will improve your creativity and would look very impressive on your resume.
- You may think that, with all the piles of record works, practicals and dead lines, there is no time at all. But if you are organized with your schedules and deadlines, you can make time. I would like to stress, that the days you are in school or college, are the only days you will have time to do other things and learn whatever you that wanna learn. Once you are out of college, there is no TIME at all.
Do take your time seriously and invest that time in yourself. However if you learn to handle that huge piles of record works and deadlines, it will help a lot in the future to cope up with the work load and pressure.
- Start presenting your works to the world right when you are in the design school. You can post your art works on your Facebook and instagram pages or your pinterest boards. That’s okay if you feel that your works are not good enough, but you will never know unless you are out there. But off course you friends and family would love it and give you feed backs to work on and you will learn to accept constructive criticism. Getting your style and taste refined from the early stages are very important to shape yourself as a distinctive designer.
- Have accounts in major social platforms along with Facebook and Instagram. Create LinkedIn account and start reaching out to various people in your field. The connections you build over time would be helpful in ways you never know. Plus you will be able to follow up on their current works ,projects and stay up to date with the industry. Make note of the job posts and the requirements, so you can know what the industry would expect from you and work towards those required skills.
- Create your personal blog, there are various platforms that will host your blog for free. Word press is one such platform that many people use and it’s a good base to start you free blog and later you can build it. You can share your design works, talk about your passion, or whatever that you are learning at present, or your personal experience on various things. You can later use this blog as a portfolio to present all your works and build networks.
- Know the fashion industry in and out. There are numerous roles inside fashion industry and various professionals needed other than fashion designers and merchandisers. To name a few, there are technical designers, buyers, stylists, fashion choreographers, fashion photographers, pattern makers, textile designers, fabric experts, visual merchandisers, fashion consultants, fashion content writers and etc. Try to see where you will fit in.
- Most of the well-known fashion designers started their career with an internship. In the beginning, it’s easier to get an internship than a job. Try to look for internships while studying so you can get the industry experience, make connections and if you perform well, you can even come out with a job offer. But whether you get a job or not, you will gain knowledge about the industry and know if it is right for you or not.
- Every design student works on their portfolio at the end of their fashion designing course. Do not do that portfolio to just complete the course, but do it for your career. Do it as professional as you would do, if you are working for a brand because right after college, when you are trying to break into the industry, people would want to look at your portfolio to make judgments on your potential. There are lot of things that goes into a portfolio than a few pretty sketches and i will discuss that with you guys soon.
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