No doubt the fashion industry is very glamorous and the job of a fashion designer is not only interesting and challenging but also carries a lot of potential. Many designers from the Northeast like Atsu Sekhose, Sailex, Daniel Syiem and others have not only made a name for themselves in the industry but they have also made their region proud through their talent. Like in music, you need to have natural talent to really succeed in this field. Fashion institutes can only teach you the technical skills but an eye for detail and creativity should come from within.

Fashion designing also offers a lot of freedom to let your creativity shine, your collections can be anything you want them to be – modern, ethnic, edgy, sophisticated, colourful, subtle or bold. However, it is competitive out there which means that your collections must have that special something whether it be quality materials, unique cuts or striking designs that will draw people in. The more popular you get, the better you will earn. Do not expect to become instantly famous, be patient because success is never far away from those who are talented and hard-working.


Fees vary from institute to institute; but generally it costs near about R 45,000 per annum to complete a course from a reputed institution.


Once you have completed a course in fashion designing, you can become a designer and open your own label but that is your only option, there are many job opportunities that you can consider such as –

  1. Fashion Designer
  2. Fashion Journalist
  3. Stylist
  4. Fashion Merchandising
  5. Fashion Show Organizer
  6. Costume Designer
  7. Assistant Buyer
  8. Sales Representative
  9. Product Manager
  10. Accessories Designer
  11. Shoe Designer
  12. Boutique Manager


Starting salary packages can be around R 10, 000 to R 15, 000. However, once you gain experience in the field and sharpen your skills, your salary can be anything between R 30,000 to R 40, 000 per month. If you can really ‘wow’ fashion enthusiasts with your work then you can expect to earn even more. Remember that opening your own studio may sound very appealing but it requires a lot of investment and therefore it is wise to wait till you gain some experience because then it will be easier for you to get investors.

To pursue a successful career in fashion, you need to be original and creative. You need to know how to combines colours and textures in such a way that it is appealing and striking and yet comfortable. It is also a great idea to stay updated with the latest trends in the fashion industry. It is also good to work as an assistant for a reputed designer or design firm in the initial phases, you will not only get some first-hand experience but you will also get a much-needed confidence boost. The best thing about being a part of this industry is that you will get to meet and interact with the rich and the famous.


Diploma Programs – 50% in 10+2


Graduate Diploma Program in Textile and Apparel Design – 4 years

Certificate courses in Fashion Design – 1 month to 1 year (depending on the course)

B Tech in Leather Technology – 4 Years

M Tech in Leather Technology – 1 year and 6 months.

Ph D Degree program in Leather Technology – 1 Year

Diploma program in Leather Processing, Leather Goods and Footwear – 2 year

Advance Diploma in Textile Design and Fashion Design – 2 years.

Professional Diploma in Textiles Design – 2+2 years.

Graduate Diploma Program in Fashion Communications and Fashion Design – 3 months to 1 year.

Advanced Diploma and B.A. (Hons.) in Fashion Technology – 3 years

Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Technology (PGDVC) – 2 years

Professional course in Dress Designing and Garment Manufacturing – 3 years

Diploma program in Fashion Design and in Apparel Merchandising & Logistics Management – 2 years

BEST Institutes

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi

Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore

Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

Reality Bytes

I have always had a passion for fashion designing since I was young. I follow national and international designers to keep up to date about the latest trends in the fashion world. I knew that I had to sign up for a course in fashion designing because I cannot see myself working in any other field. My experience so far has been great, I am getting to learn how to choose garments according to the designs and how to think out-of-the-box. Apart from what anybody may think, its hard work, sometimes I stay up late at night thinking of the right designs. It’s a competitive field and to make a mark, you need to push yourself to the limit.

Swati Jalan, Student, Kolkata

Fashion designing is fun but also needs a lot of hard work. I think for any fashion designing student, the best way to get noticed would be to take part in college fests. It is a great way to showcase your designs and if you are lucky, you may get spotted by a famous designer who may give you a chance to work with him/her. I think there can be no better way to start your career as a fashion designer other than learning from an experienced designer who can teach you everything you need to know about the field.

Ananya Sengupta, Student, Bangalore


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