Pay and Remuneration
There is no limit to the amount of money that one can earn in this sector. Leading designers charge a few thousands to a few lakhs for a single design item. Fresh graduates can start from around 2.5 lakhs per year. With experience and with talent one can easily earn much more in very less time.
Fashion designing graduates find employment according to their specializations in Fashion houses, export houses, Textile businesses, garment manufacturing companies, in government handlooms and with textiles manufacturer, and in the film and TV industry.
Ritu Kumar: Ritu Kumar has often been labelled as ‘the empress of Indian haute couture’. Her natural sense of design and beautiful styles has led her to the top spot amongst the whole array of Indian fashion designers. Her styles include a combination of ancient Indian handicrafts like zardozi, bandhani and chikan work presented with a touch of contemporary flair which has resulted in extremely beautiful creations. Almost every Indian bride dreams of having an original Ritu Kumar creation in her trousseau.
Manish Malhotra: Manish Malhotra is an Indian fashion designer par excellence. He is the face behind the style and designs adorned by some of the popular Bollywood leading ladies such as Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Preity Zinta. What made Manish Malhotra popular was his unique sense of style and his expertise in envisioning an authentic ‘feel and look’ for the on screen characters. Apart from popular Indian biggies, Manish Malhotra has also designed the attire for Michael Jackson during one of his India visits.
Miuccia Prada: She is a famous Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Forbes.com wrote in its article titled ‘The World's Richest People 2001’: "She and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. Since then, they've turned it into a fashion powerhouse”. The prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of American International Award was bestowed on Miuccia in 1993. This fashion powerhouse has expanded so exponentially that its portfolio now includes international labels such as Azzedine Alaia, Fendi, Helmut Lang, and Jill Sander.
Job of a Fashion Designer
Fashion designing is essentially about designing garments. Fashion designers use their creative abilities and sense of style to use various fabrics and techniques to create work of art. Fashion designing is science and art both. The designers need to know the science or the techniques behind creating garments.
The designers take inputs from the clients and put a fine piece together. But that is not always the case. Sometimes they design outfits and showcase them on ramps and it becomes fashion. Thus marketing and popularizing a particular couture is an integral part of the career in fashion design.
One may specialize in contemporary or traditional or bridal wear or ready to wear line, men’s wear etc.
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