The fashion scene today is tremendously promising. The increase in brand awareness, the need to look good, higher disposable incomes, better lifestyle etc, ensures that the industry holds great promises. But, it is not just about attractive models walking the ramp. It requires passion, hard work, zeal and dedication.
A fashion designer will generally have to work on three categories - men's wear, women's wear and children's wear. These are further divided into specialized categories like casual wear, formal wear, party wear, evening wear, sports wear, maternity wear, to name a few. Depending on the manner of production, it is classified as prêt and haute couture. Prêt is ready-to-wear fashion that is produced in bulk, whereas haute couture is one-of-it's-kind, which is generally for the upper class.
So, what skills must fashion designers have? Apart from obvious skills like sketching and visualization, one must have a good eye for detail, present their work in the most unique form and be proficient at deployment of resources. It also involves good technical knowledge on pattern making, stitching, draping etc.
And, it is not just about being a fashion designer. There are numerous other options in the field of fashion. To name a few, fashion merchandising, fashion photography, fashion styling, visual merchandising, fashion journalism, fashion buying, fashion marketing are some of the various opportunities available in this promising field. After completing your education you can choose to become an entrepreneur, start your boutique, distribute your designs to retail shops or establish your label. You can also work with an established designer or fashion publications for more experience and guidance.
It's recommended that you set your priorities first and understand what you are interests are. The good news is that each field has got a promising career and with a strong dedication anyone can reach heights!