On graduation, the most commonly asked question is what next? For fashion designing students, a common help perception is that they will choose to go into apparel designing. However, the field of fashion designing is extremely broad. The subjects offered under this course can help students to explore many career options. It is important for students to know that there are lots of options apart from apparel designing. Here, we have explored some lucrative career options for those who do not want to restrict themselves to the apparel design industry.
Assist an apparel designer
For those students who willing to learn, an internship or a job with a well-known designer can be very helpful. Established apparel designers can pass on valuable knowledge about trends in the industry, the inner workings of the industry as well as knowledge about how to source the raw materials. Experienced designers and design houses have a lot to offer to just graduate students. This experience is invaluable for students who want to learn the ropes of the fashion designing industry and gain a mentor who is well-known in the market.
Start your own company
Graduates with an entrepreneurial streak might want to consider starting their own designing company. However, consider the city you are based in, consider the competition and your target market before striking out on your own. You can always ask an established professional from the fashion designing field for guidance. Students with an inclination towards creating original designs are well suited for this career. However, starting your own design studio will require doing everything from creating designs to sourcing materials to dealing with tailors on a regular basis.
Work as a fashion blogger/writer
A course in fashion designing equips students with an understanding of how the industry works. If you don’t want to go into designing per se, fashion blogging or writing about fashion is a lucrative career choice. Some students opt to start their own blog while still in college. Others choose to apply for positions at well-known publications to cover the fashion industry in detail. Try to find a niche that is not crowded and focus on that. For example, some bloggers focus on Indian textiles, while some focus on curating looks from street markets. Make sure your USP is unique to stand out from the crowd.
Join a jewellery designer
This course also teaches jewellery design. So if clothes are really not something that interests you, consider designing jewellery. You can opt to study further and specialize in the field or start interning with a jewellery designer to gain hands on experience. The type of internship or job you get will also depend on the city you are currently residing in. Students will also learn how to appraise jewellery, understand the difference between real and fake stones and metals and create designs from scratch. This profession will require a hand on approach, as students might have to learn how to create pieces of jewellery, and learn to work with metals and stones.
Many students cultivate different artistic hobbies while studying fashion designing. Photography is one of those professions that complement fashion designing. If you have a good eye for detail and composition, fashion photography is the ideal choice for you. You can often start with your college’s publication or help friends shoot their designs. Fashion photography requires knowledge of fashion trends and how patterns, drapes, and colors look in a picture frame. If you are handy with a camera and love shooting everything from accessories to apparel to jewellery, this one is for you.
Armed with a keen understanding of colors, drapes, patterns, and fabrics, fashion designing graduates can opt to work as fashion stylists. The primary responsibility of such professionals is to curate outfits. This curation process includes finding the right clothes, accessories, shoes, makeup looks and hairstyle. Most celebrities and public figures use a stylist. If you take a look at the social media profiles of celebrities, you will often find mentions of stylists. This is a great opportunity for students living in the metro area since the need for a stylist is greater in such cities.
Garment export companies
Some students might also opt to join garment export companies. There is a large market in India for export. Fashion designing students learn quite a lot about the different type of fabrics and how to identify them. These skills can be useful in a garment business. This career choice is an opportunity to combine fashion designing and business. Students from this field can work as buying or purchasing agents in the company.
Fashion designing is not only about clothes or accessories; it is also about creating visually appealing images. For those who want to diversify a little and work in a related field, the art direction is a good career to consider. Art direction usually involves working with a newspaper, magazine or other print publications to create layouts that are appealing. They are responsible for arranging the text along with the images to create an aesthetically pleasing layout.
Another great option is the retail market. Graduates can start off on the showroom floor. Many budding designers start working at the showrooms of big name designers. This is a great way to learn the ropes of the fashion and retail industry, while also learning from the designer. Working in retail also teaches graduates how to deal with customers on a daily basis. Even if this is just a stepping stone for the rest of your career, working in retail can teach you many lessons that will be useful in the next innings of your career.
Most people tend to think that fashion designing is restricted to just designing clothes. However, the course involves exploring the discipline in depth. This in-depth study enables graduates to work in a different but related field of the arts. This discussion of career options for fashion designing graduates will hopefully help students to explore the many career options that are available for them in the future.