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Skills Acquired by a Fashion Design Student

At IIAD, we are building the capabilities of Fashion Designing students to think conceptually in a way that they are also able to push the boundaries of the creative space of the growing global apparel industry. While they are able to think conceptually and critically, they will also play a part in both domestic and export industries. The emphasis will be on producing designers who see themselves as reflective practitioners of design, sensitive to the human aspect of production and consumption.

The skills developed by a student while pursuing a fashion design course at IIAD would adequately equip him/her to work across various platforms like :-

Equipped with the tools of the trade, we train fashion designing students to build contexts, understand the context through the knowledge of material, colour and forms, alongside the application of function, market, client and costing. The importance is, throughout, on the process, observing and analysing creative discoveries and accidents!

Students of the fashion design course will certainly develop their faculties in and graduate with the following abilities : -

  • Understanding of complex design process that applies elements and principles of design and through immersive methods of ideation, research, analysis, reflection, conceptualization and realization
  • Appreciation of a systematic approach towards ‘research’, in particular, critical thinking
  • Profound understanding of the body as the first context and canvas for clothing
  • Observe and record design process as well as personal development within the design practice with appropriate media
  • Understanding of stylization of fashion drawings along with technical representation of garments to communicate for production
  • Advanced understanding of assembling parts to construct a complete garment
  • Appreciation of fabrics and textiles as material of fashion in traditional, creative and contemporary ways
  • Appreciation of understanding fashion in its socio-cultural context (through a historical perspective)
  • Various approaches to classical and innovative ways of pattern-making and draping
  • Advanced construction skills
  • Use of traditional and contemporary materials
  • Innate understanding of the garment as a form
  • Cultural and historical bearings of clothing
  • Trend research and analysis
  • Representation of garments through fashion drawings and technical packs
  • Advanced IT skills (adobe indesign & photoshop, illustrator and other CAD skills)
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisational and creative problem-solving skills
  • Negotiation and management skills
  • Great communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to manage time, meet deadlines and work within a budget
  • Appreciation to work as a proactive team member and have an ownership of work
  • A will to be a part of the larger context of the design environment

Students will be exposed to aspects like fashion photography, textile crafts, visual merchandising etc with intensive workshops throughout the entire fashion design course. As critical thinkers, they will be able to see themselves as entrepreneurs in the early phase of their career.

IIAD Graduate Attributes

A Typical Process for a Project in the Industry

  • Discussing the requirements of the project, commonly known as ‘the brief’, with clients, colleagues, merchandisers, buyers
  • Planning what trends and materials will most successfully meet the requirements of the season and market as set out in the brief
  • Providing a timeline for prototyping and product range realisation
  • Creating an approximate cost for the product range
  • Researching about the product, competitors and providing sketched examples and/or ‘mood boards’ to discuss with the client
  • Developing surface techniques and color story for the range
  • Using industry software to create working drawings, graphics and patterns range
  • Sourcing fabrics, interlinings and trims for test fittings
  • Working closely with pattern master and sampling workers to discuss and agree on timing, look and cost
  • Rectifications of fit and design at prototype stage and communicating to buyer
  • Working with the sampling team for product range actualization
  • Supervising the range from concept to completion to ensure the brief is met on time, as per demand and within price bracket

All the skill sets enumerated above have been incorporated into the curricula with an awareness of industry-needs. Our teaching methodology and comprehensive curricula ensure that students are adequately equipped to manage the rigours and demands of the design industry once they graduate from the Fashion Designing programme at IIAD.

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