Apparel Design

Also known as clothing or fashion designers, Apparel designers conceptualize and create items of clothing. They often specialize in one type of designing line or category such as casual, evening or active wear. Graduates of this discipline can seek work in broad areas of the Apparel Industry which include Ready to Wear, Specialized Fashion, Active Sports-Wear, Functional Clothing, Design Education, etc.

Apparel Design

Also known as clothing or fashion designers, Apparel designers conceptualize and create items of clothing. They often specialize in one type of designing line or category such as casual, evening or active wear. Graduates of this discipline can seek work in broad areas of the Apparel Industry which include Ready to Wear, Specialized Fashion, Active Sports-Wear, Functional Clothing, Design Education, etc.

Apparel Design at a Glance

How has this Discipline evolved over last 5-10 years ?
  • The concept of ‘fashion/apparel designing’ has extended to other things such as fashion accessories including jewellery, bags, footwear, etc
  • Fashion designers who mostly had to be self-employed earlier, now find a number of career opportunities like:
    • Working with garment firms and export houses
    • Engaging in the job of remodeling haute couture and adapting them to the tastes of the mass markets
    • Holding jobs in departmental stores or specialty stores
What do these Designers do - Regular Tasks ?

A number of apparel designers are self- employed and they often :

  • Create custom clothing and may work unusual hours to meet clients’ needs
  • Travel to visit manufacturers
  • Attend trade or fashion shows to gain artistic inspiration
  • Study fashion trends
  • Sketch designs, select materials, and have a part in all the production aspects of their designs
What are the Skills & Aptitudes required to be successful at this Career ?

Aspirants should possess the following skills and qualities in order to be eligible for pursuing a career in Apparel designing :

  • Creativity
  • A talent for choosing colors, forms and patterns that appeal to consumers
  • Business acumen
  • Oral and written communication

About Apparel Design Schools

Which colleges offer programs in this discipline in India ?
Sr No. College/Institute Location Courses
1. NIFT Delhi, Mumbai,
Bengaluru
UG ,PG & P.h.D (Fashion Designing Flagship Program)
2. Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology Karnataka, Bengaluru Bachelors in Apparel Design
M.Sc in Fashion & Apparel Design
3. Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology Mohali B.Sc in Fashion Design
4. ISDI Mumbai UG (Fashion Design & Fashion Communication)
PG (Fashion Business Management)
5. Pearl Academy Jaipur, Noida,
Mumbai, Delhi
Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management
Fashion Styling & Image Design
6. Symbiosis Pune B.Des in Fashion Design/Communication
7. Amity School of Fashion Technology Noida B.Des (Fashion Communication,Fashion Tech,Fashion Design,Fashion Retail,Fashion & Textile)
MBA in Fashion Management
MA in Fashion & Textile
8. Whistling Woods Mumbai BA in Fashion Design
What & How will you learn in this Program ?

The Program in Apparel Design would include the study of :

  • History of Costume and Fashion Design
  • Science and Liberal Arts
  • Design Management
  • Skills and conceptual abilities

About the Work Industry/Job Market

Which industries will you work in after graduating in this discipline ? & Which roles are available after graduating in this discipline ?

Apparel Designers are mostly employed by wholesale or manufacturing outlets, where garments are typically created for mass production.

They can also work for:

  • Apparel Companies
  • Retailers
  • Design Firms, and
  • Theater Companies
What are the New Trends in this Discipline ? What can we expect in near future ?
The future has an estimated career growth rate of : 3%p.a. (2014 – 2024).
What is the Top & Average Salary that can be expected by Freshers ?
Freshers can expect a pay in the range of : Rs. 3,70,000 p.a
The pay range for Experienced Professionals is : Rs. 7,00,000 p.a.
Which are the best Companies / Studios in India for this Discipline ?

Following are the best companies/studios for Apparel designing in India :

  • Armani
  • Gucci
  • Prada
  • Fendi
  • House of Versace
  • Burberry
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Chanel
  • Hermes
What are the top Associations, People or Links to follow for this Discipline ?

Personalities to Follow :

  • Giorgio Armani
  • Masaba Gupta
  • Valentino Garavani
  • Alexander Mcqueen
  • Manish Malhotra

Associations to Follow :

  • Versace
  • Chanel
  • Zara
  • Prada
  • Burberry

Links to Follow :

  • https://www.wearedore.com/
  • https://fromme-toyou.tumblr.com/
  • https://www.theblondesalad.com/
  • https://www.garbagedress.com/

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