5 career options for fashion design degree holders
Fashion design is highly dynamic, competitive and one of the most sought-after careers. To pursue a career in fashion design, one must acquire an eclectic skill-set along with hard work, dedication and passion
Our society is evolving rapidly due to globalisation, the internet, and fast communication. The fashion and design sector plays an important role in the Indian economy and has a significant impact at the national and international level. Fashion design is one of the most in-demand careers today and many young people look forward to this career option.
The field is dynamic, fast-changing, and full of creativity. Knowledge of creative and technical aspects, the art of making clothes and the related accessories form an important part of fashion designing. A fashion designer’s work is not limited to designing clothes, but also includes fashion styling and accessories such as bags and jewellery. Thus, the field offers limitless career opportunities and provides multiple avenues for a promising future.
Take a look at some career options and job prospects after pursuing fashion design:
Fashion designer: We are all familiar with the work of fashion designers. Fashion designers are responsible for creating original clothing, footwear, jewellery, accessories, etc., for their clients. They sketch the designs, select fabrics, patterns and textures and style outfits and looks.
Fashion merchandiser: As the name suggests, a fashion merchandiser would have to be a shopping expert. This involves predicting fashion trends before they hit the streets. Some roles and responsibilities would be to do thorough market research, make a shopping list and then purchase fabrics, textiles, and fashion items for the company’s clients. In addition to having an eye for detail, the fashion merchandiser’s job also requires having a strong business sense.
Fashion stylist: A fashion stylist’s job is to pick the right piece keeping in mind the client’s character, body type, and occasion the dress is getting selected for. The stylist also suggests the kind of makeup, accessories, hairstyle to make the overall look a smashing success. Fashion stylists are also in demand for creating and organising wedding trousseau, for models, photographers, influencers, magazines, etc.
Fashion journalist or blogger: IRemember those amazing articles about fashion trends and fashion designers you have been reading in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Femina? Well, if you enjoy writing as much as you love dresses, footwear, and handbags, you can combine the two and write fashion blogs to make a living.
Fashion marketer: Whether working for a famous fashion brand or a new one, handling the marketing or the PR department can be quite challenging.. From spreading the word about the upcoming fashion events and the latest products it launched, to creating advertising campaigns to boost sales, fashion marketing plays an important part in any organisation.
Tushar Gupta, Faculty, UPES School of Design, sheds light on the future of fashion industry. Says he, “As we approach industry 4.0, we are about to witness a new landscape of fashion industry, driven by Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. To tackle the challenges of the future, the fashion industry requires a new generation of professionals who are sensitive towards the environment, have excellent artistic abilities, digital and technical intelligence, strong ethical values, practical and cognitive skills, sharp business aptitude, critical thinking, agility to learn new things and have openness to trans-disciplinary collaborations.” If graduates have all these abilities coupled with originality and vision, one is bound to make it big in the design sector.