On graduation, the most commonly asked question is what next? For fashion design 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
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 the 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.