Our five-pronged approach focuses on your individual strengths to develop your unique qualities towards making you an exemplary pi- designer.
In the fast-paced 21st century fashion industry, we equip fashion designers through contextual research, proficiency in visualization and fluency with materials.
In the fashion design course you learn to overcome challenges through innovative thinking and techniques in an intensive studio based environment, while shaping your personal creative process and style statement.
At IIAD, we teach our Fashion Design students to be environmentally conscious by building awareness and sensitivity. Our pi-designers develop a strong value system through ethical fashion practices like zero waste pattern cutting and draping, minimal seam construction and upcycling.
IIAD shapes students into contexually aware and ethical fashion designers, who consider the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. You develop a holistic outlook, which helps to address complexities and build conceptually-strong design solutions.
The studio-based projects in the fashion design course lay emphasis on embracing your inner voice motivating a deep exploration of the self. This empowers you to come up with origianl concepts as you are encouraged to carve a niche for yourself.
Deconstruction of the finished garment forms a significant approach in our teaching methedology. This aids a fashion design student's understanding of how a garment is made from start to finish, by breaking down its components. The idea is to learn about the design and thought process that goes into a garment, from concept through construction to the end product.
Foundation is a bridging program, aiding your transition from school to un-school.
It provides students a pathway to confidently enter the creative, open-ended, exploratory and experimental environment of design education at IIAD. They acquire a broad spectrum of design skills and build their design vocabulary. After successfully completing the Foundation year, students seamlessly progress to BA (Hons) Fashion Design course.
BUILDING SHAPES & FORMS + ENGAGING WITH MATERIALS + TOOLS OF DESIGN + BODY & DIVERSITY + BODY & MOVEMENT + FLUIDITY AND DRAPE
The first year of the Fashion Design course is an enriching journey of ‘Unpacking the Self’ by diving into the depths of your core essence. You start to express your own unique narratives in the conceptualisation and design of garments. As you foray into the realm of fashion and materials, you will discover the trail from yarn to fabric, and how to manipulate materials to develop interesting surfaces and textures. The body becomes the ‘canvas of exploration’ and fashion design students build a sensitive approach towards movement, diversity, body types and genders. As part of the project briefs you also learn fundamental technical skills such as pattern cutting, stitching techniques, and understanding the machine. On completing this year, you will be able to design, construct and finish basic silhouettes.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY + PRACTICE-BASED + LEARNING BY MAKING + EXPLORATION-BASED
At the end of this year, your first industry interface will be facilitated with an 8-week Learn On-site internship, which will focus on multidisciplinary learning experiences. Fashion design students are encouraged to explore a wide range of avenues within the fashion industry such as textiles, art and design, as per their area of interest.
TRANSFORM & RESTRUCTURE + SUSTAINABILITY + REVERSE ENGINEERING + CRAFT PRACTICES + INDUSTRIAL METHODS + MATERIALITY
The second year of the fashion design course focuses on an in-depth understanding of forms and structures in relation to the body. You also learn advanced tools and techniques of design, material manipulation and product detailing. Students explore diverse facets of a given theme, researching the history and contemporary context of a garment, and deconstructing it to understand how it is made.
Our emphasis on industry experiences takes centre stage through Live Projects and productive liaisons with fashion design professionals and thought-leaders. As you get acquainted with the landscape of the fashion industry you get introduced to professional practices and processes. Working collaboratively with traditional artisans in their habitat under the auspices of a brand will give you a live experience of translating indigenous crafts to a marketable line of wear. Projects on sustainability introduce students to ethical practices, helping them evolve as responsible designers who are equipped to address global concerns.
INDUSTRY PRACTICES + COLLABORATION + BRAND AND CLIENT + ORGANISATIONAL SET-UP + STAKEHOLDERS + REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES
The 16-week Learn On-site internship is a long-term industry exposure envisaged as the gateway to your professional debut. You get opportunities to work in professional environments and understand the dynamics of organisational set-up. You will gain experience in all aspects of the design process such as concept development, sampling, production, merchandising, marketing, sourcing, analysing trends, surface and print development, quality control, sustainability, range buying and more. IIAD fashion design students have secured internships in many leading design studios including 11.11, Levis, Pero, Hemant and Nandita, Suket Dhir, Allen Solly, Ajio, Indigene, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Mishra and Eka to nam
JOINING THE DOTS + REPACKING THE SELF + COMPLEX DESIGN PROCESS + ENTREPRENEURSHIP + GRADUATE COLLECTION
From ‘Unpacking the self’ to “Repacking the self’, you emerge as a self-reliant designer in the final year. You will drive yourself as an independent thinker and forge professional connections to lead and shape your design practice with ease. At the same time, you build entrepreneurial skills that help translate your ideas into reality. You emerge as a confident, self-aware fashion designer with your own distinct design sensibility. This clarity helps you build a unique niche for yourself and stay at the forefront of your trade.
The final year of fashion design course culminates with the Major Design Project which gives you an opportunity to showcase your creativity, individual style and aesthetics as your representation of fashion. You will undertake an intense design process which is more personalised in your final project. You develop your designs, inspired by something close to you that stimulates your creative impulse. Throughout the project, you will take design decisions independently while getting close mentorship by faculty. You will be actively engaged with different components of a design collection, going beyond concept and construction of garments, to work with styling and lookbook photoshoots, planning the final ramp walk show and more.
Form generation process for the project - “Memoir of the Scars”. The collection attempts to unravel different emotions while breaking out of the shell.
Surbhi Sinha, Fashion Design (2018 - 2022)
“Shape of Water” project is a costume extension of the amphibious princess without voice, unveiling herself back on land and narrating her love story in the future.
Priya Joy Pynadath, Fashion Design (2018 - 2022)
Fashion Design student showing handloom, a part of the Denim Project exhibit to Mr. Upender Singh, Secretary - Ministry of Textiles at the Graduate Show 2022
Fashion Design students exhibit their graduate collection at the Graduate Show
Journal excerpt from the “Jacket Project” showcasing process sketches and manipulation of the panel while designing a jacket.
Raghvi Sehgal, Fashion Design (2017 - 2021)
The Rover Journal
House of Three
The House of SKK
Fabindia Overseas Private Ltd.
11:11 By Shani Himanshu
The fashion industry offers a variety of roles and engagements. You could be involved in process-oriented fashion design work like conceptualisation, or in hands-on work with innovative and contemporary materials, fabrics and textiles. You could also be a professional who studies seasons and trends. You may be in a more entrepreneurial position like developing a design range, as well as marketing and selling your brand and products to the end client.
With 25 years of experience as a designer and educator, Saumya has advocated slow conscious living and conservation of indigenous cultures in her classroom, at global conferences and as a TEDx speaker too. As the founding course leader of the
With nearly 25 working years behind him, Gunjan has practiced design across the genres of mainstream Fashion, Costume design, Textile art and being an Educator . An alumna of NIFT (Delhi), he has had the privilege to parallelly tread various paths that collectively speak about his belief that “design should solve many purposes”.
Saurabh has been an experienced designer and academician for twenty years, leading fashion academic programs, with blended (online & f2f) curriculum development & teaching, International university audits - validation & examination process, academic talent-hiring, and staff training. As a faculty member of the Fashion department at IIAD
A strategic thinker and an eco-friendly designer, Shipra Kukreja is best known in the industry for sustainable fashion and ethical design practices in her professional endeavours. In addition to being a NIFT alumna, she holds a Masters’ degree in fashion design from Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is also a Fellow with the HEA (Higher education academy), UK and has completed her PG certification in higher education from Kingston University (UK).
Proficient in all aspects of design, illustration, pattern making, draping and constructing in Indian formal , ethnic and festive wear as well as home furnishing and accessories, Anupama has over 25 years of experience working with leading fashion houses and supplying to some of the best labels in India and abroad.
Richa Sood has 18 years of experience in Fashion business, with core expertise in garment and print design. She has been consulting as a design head for Nirrammya, a leading brand in the middle east and worked intensively with; Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal. Apart from ready-to-wear, couture and bridal collections,
She is an alumna of the MA Fashion Technology Programme at the prestigious London College of Fashion. She has worked within the fashion industry both in design and communication for numerous brands in India and the UK, most notably J W Anderson.
Ravish holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation & Visual effects from Arunachal University as well as Diploma in Animation & Web Publishing from Arena Multimedia & Diploma in Post Production & VFX from Reliance Big Animation.
IIAD’s purpose-built campus aims to meet the dynamic learning-teaching needs of its progressive pedagogy and curriculum. The environment’s adaptive spaces include studios, digital labs and 3D material workshops, which are all designed to facilitate seamless multidisciplinary collaborations and exchanges.
The Denim Project: Exploring Denim as a versatile fabric in designing garments under the mentorship of Himanshu Shani, co-founder of Korra Jeans and 11.11/eleven eleven.
The Fashion Design studio is designed in such a way that they provide students with spacious workstations for their projects while at the same time they can be converted into exhibition spaces.
Students are encouraged to explore and experiment. The fashion studio provides ample space for them to work with materials and fabrics in the process of creating garments.
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