Career in Fashioning

Apparel Design and Fashion Technology are fast maturing as an exciting career. Aspirants in Garment industry can expect a bright future as Karnataka is all set to become the garment hub.

Bangalore has hundreds of garment exporters while Bellary, another important centre, is gearing up for an apparel park.

A similar park is also getting ready at Doddaballapur with all amenities and supporting infrastructure in 180 – acre area where over 26 textile industries are setting up their base.

Garment export has two business processes; the regular Indian exports where the complete garment (including fabrics / buttons / labels / zips / trimmings), is packed as a styled garment with a label ‘Made in India’.

There is another process, where the buyer supplies almost all the materials to the exporter including printed packing material sometimes. Such apparels are produced according to the buyer’s specifications, design and needs.

Because of India’s traditional strong hold on the textile industry and the end to the quota regime has created a right atmosphere for people to make career in fashion industry.

Opportunities exists as chief production managers, chief of marketing and merchandise, chief finishing managers, assistant production / purchase / marketing / finishing / shipment / Quality I Managers, Documentation Managers, Warehouse managers, Store keepers, Accounts Officers, buying agents and so on.
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At the operational level, opportunities exist as tailors, cutting masters / finishing experts, packers and helpers etc.

Several organizations induct craft teachers, instructors, and coordinators and women counselors. Hotel Industry, Theatres and Movies have always made use of the fashion experts services.

Careers in Fashion Designing include fashion designers for boutique, theatre and films, fashion shows, window displays, commercial art and advertising.

There are opportunities existing as Fashion journalist for journals and magazines, fashion photography for models, fashion critics and advisors, fashion trend and fashion forecasts.

Fashion Career Opportunities

Departments like Technical Education, Adult Education, Public Instruction, Women and Child Welfare, Vocational Education, Backward classes and minorities, Employment and Training, Collegiate Education, Labour Welfare and Industries and Commerce offers various training programmes to different sections of the society. One could be a teacher, lecturer, or instructor in fashion technology schools and above mentioned government departments.

Self – employment is a major forte of fashion industry. There is technical and financial assistance available from various agencies to help entrepreneurs. Agencies like Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Small Industries Service Institute (SISI), Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Nationalized Banks, Financial Corporations (State and Central), Department of Women and Child Development, Women Development Corporation, District Industries and Commerce (DIC), Department of Handicrafts (State and Central Governments), Rural women self – employment training institute, Weavers Service Centre (Central Government and National Institute for Design, etc, offer technical and financial help to entrepreneurs.

Best Fashion Education

Institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology and Apparel Training and Design Centre are giving quality – training programmes at the national level.

In Bangalore, Surana College affiliated to Bangalore University, is offering one – year diploma course in Fashion Designing and Management and a six – month craft course in Tailoring.

Here, students acquire skills like knowledge about fabrics, pattern making, sketching Indian and western costumes, costume jewelry, finishing garments, packing and labeling and personality development workshops.

Certificate is awarded by the state government’s department of Technical Education for the six months tailoring course.

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