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Internship opportunity with Fascino Kids Fashion Week 2019

Right from our very first day at ICF, we have been gaining experiences in the fashion world and this July got us one very exciting one.

An opportunity to work at the Fascino Kids Fashion Show, an exclusive Fashion Week for children between 3-14 years of age, with a series of interactive workshops leading the participating children with sessions on Personal Hygiene, Etiquettes, Personality Grooming putting forward a holistic, confident personalities on the ramp.

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This was an exciting opportunity for me and my other enthusiastic lot of friends since none of us had ever had the experience of handling these little bundles of energies. Glad we all enrolled ourselves for this and were prepared to take this new challenge head-on.

The show was scheduled from 25th-27th of July 2019 and was held at Eros International, Nehru Place.

We were involved from day one….from the trials to training and practice days for the child models and handling schedules for all the participating designers.

Time management was one of the major factors that we needed to learn and report to work an hour early than the kids’ schedule since all the arrangements for the day were to be organized and put in place to avoid any delay or glitch during the sessions.

We were about to be hit with a real challenge of handling small kids throughout the day while helping the Organizers. The kids started to pour in and some of them came in “like a wrecking ball”. Some of the kids were not ready to leave their parents at all and kept wailing and crying. That was truly a challenge, to get them separated from their mothers, get them changed and make them practice along with everyone else. But we were not there to give up easily. All through the days this cycle continued, designer after designer, kid after kid, and we would generally wrap up the day around at about 9 in the night right after a short meeting with our team heads….just to repeat the whole process every day for the next couple of days; but the second day was less chaotic, thanks to our experiences gained the day before.

Then came the big day, the actual show on Saturday the 27th of July, 2019. We all reported at the venue sharp at 8 am, dressed and ready to work in our Fascino Kids Fashion Show custom t-shirts, that gave us the sense of responsibility to shoulder the brand we were working for.

We began readying up the first lot of kids for our first scheduled show at 11:00 a.m., which was actually delayed by an hour due to technical issues, but hiccups like this are common in such fashion events. With each show, our work gradually got easier, and we had a smooth functioning through the fashion shows……. till the finale show……That was when chaos broke. We ran out of hands to help backstage, and 3 people barely kept the kids in control, but with immense help from one of the team heads, we were able to deliver an amazing finale of the day that was widely appreciated and adored.

The after-party to celebrate the success of the show had us all as a team had us all danced and celebrate the successful line of shows the whole day, and we all retired to our homes in groups and pieces, to finally rest our feet which had been working on and on through the week.

Even though the whole experience was tiring and we ran out of energy to function by the time we got to leave, it was all worth it when we received our certifications when we rejoined college.

We were also awarded a beaming trophy to represent all the hard work we all collectively put in, and it was truly an amazing moment to be able to hold it in our hands.

The trophy now rests in the office of our Chief Mentor, Ms. Jaivani Bajaj’s office, as a beautiful memory of something so demanding and challenging yet so rewarding and full of knowledge.

This was an experience gained, that will forever be with us all.

Abhilasha Sharma- BBA FE 2018

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A WARM WELCOME TO ICF

Oof! With a mix of thoughts and high spirits I carried the load of my pretty bag and started my day with a classic smile. I rushed through the metro and headed straight to the college. As I moved towards my class, probably every new face I saw could hear me breathe heavily. I entered the class, greeted my new mates and took a seat to catch my breath. Within a moment, my teachers came in with a big smile and I could sense a lovely vibe of aspiring learners ready to embark on this new journey. The teachers introduced themselves and their respective subjects to us in a very semi-formal way. It was way better than I expected it to be. I enjoyed their session as they gave us an inside sneak peak of the industry we were going to step into.

Then arrived the snack break and we were served with some authentic Delhi street food alongside some soft drinks to fill in our young stomachs.

The seniors came in and initiated an ice breaker activity to help us interact and perhaps improve our social skills. We enjoyed playing different character roles, singing, dancing and mimicking comic characters.

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The college organized a few designer talks for us to get pumped up with inspiration and zing to work hard and brace ourselves for the course. The teachers seemed so determined and energetic to impart their knowledge to us. This gave me a feeling of satisfaction and that very moment I knew I came to the right place to learn. Down the week, the college had many activities for us. This helped us to get more comfortable with the college atmosphere.

Alumni students dropped in to share their experiences with us and we got a chance to clear out our doubts regarding different job/business aspects after college. The exposure we had in the first week was outstanding. We got exposed to the people from the industry and got to clear view of the life ahead waiting for us.

To be honest, in the beginning, I was a bit apprehensive about college life at ICF. But now, after 3 weeks I can proudly say I am at the right place. This place is a metal and it means education at its best. The teachers are hardcore and willing to give the best they’ve got. I hope to experience a wonderful educational journey with ICF along with memories to cherish throughout my life.

Moin Shaw BBA 2019 – 2022

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The Pret Imperative

I became the head (Executive Director) of the FDCI, now nearly a decade ago. Our office was in an apartment in Saket, a common practice at that time. To reach the office on the second floor, we had to walk up the stairs and jump over a sleeping dog known for being aggressive when provoked. As I took up the onerous reins of the fashion industry in India, I realized that much like the dog, the gross artistic talent of Indian designers was immense but the fashion design industry was still in its infancy and had made a little impact at home in India, much less the World. Coupled with the rich Indian heritage and culture we should have been talking of a major industry. In reality, designers were living from hand-to-mouth and quite literally operating from their father-in-law’s house!

This is when I commissioned research through the well-known consultants KPMG to study the level of the current industry and also to benchmark the West where billion-dollar brands such as Giorgio Armani, Versace, etc. all mocked us. Surprisingly, my initiative did not find sympathetic support from the FDCI Board which, unfortunately, consisted entirely of designers who were sure they knew it all. The results of the study, however, were seminal.

In the West, the industry started at the top of the design totem with couture (exclusively one of a kind) remaining exclusive and relatively small. It did make a handful of designers personally rich but as an industry, it was nowhere, and it was extremely risky for investors. The industry grew as designers moved down the chain to diffusion – multiple but limited lines which were sold in studios with, most often, the designer himself in attendance. The real breakthrough came when a few enterprising designers pushed to move into pret-e-porter (ready-to-wear) available off the shelf and at affordable, even if premium, prices to a vast upper-middle-class!

The move to Pret was not easy.  Designers quickly realized that Pret required large numbers to make business sense. This required efficient factories, distribution to a large number of stores, marketing, etc. This was usually beyond the competence of designers and was also beyond their interest areas. This is the classic clash in a fashion business – how to mate the vagaries and subtleties of art with the heat and dust of a competitive marketplace. The solution, of course, was the partnership of the high-flying designer with down-earth businessmen. The partnership could be in the form of a joint venture with a corporate which could bring in finances and skilled managerial support. That is how the West got into the big leagues.

Unfortunately, we in India faced many hurdles on many sides. At the FDCI, to promote Pret, we instructed all participating designers to show only Pret collections at the India Fashion Week. However, this was easier said than done as designers still displayed what they were most comfortable with – couture! Those who did venture forth most often came up with watered-down lines of their couture lines or worse still, Western wear! We could see that Indian fashion had a long way to go to mature. Customers were also in a time warp where they valued the weight of the garment, the amount of embroidery or surface work done and hesitant to move beyond drapes.

On the creative side, designers had to learn, to their dismay, that pret is not a mini version of their couture collections with, say, a little less embroidery but required a fresh new approach and a totally new collection.

The other challenge at the FDCI was to get investors and corporates to partner Indian designers. The trouble was both ways – with designers and with Indian corporates.  From the FDCI we extolled Indian designers, but businessmen found it difficult to relate to persons who ‘got up only after 11 o’clock’, did not care much about business civilities and wanted to be treated as prima donna’s! On the other hand, designers could not accept that the corporates valued their business to just a simple multiple of one year’s sales rather than the hundreds of crores they thought they were really worth. Further, they found it unthinkable to sell their label, which was usually their own personal name, to an alien entity and risk the possibility of losing it entirely. The result was that potential corporates such as Raymond, who even launched a Designerwear chain called BE:, baulked from backing any designers. Instead, when expansion was called for, they preferred to buy out premium, mass brands which in the case of Raymond was Color Plus. It finally devolved on foreign businesses such as LVMH, who better understood the dynamics of fashion, to invest into Indian designers.

Luckily, the new breed of Indian designers, having much less baggage of yesteryears, is far more business savvy and are able to quickly appreciate business complexities. However, Indian corporates are still tardy at making investments in Indian designers as they are still uncomfortable with the risks of the industry and still face a less than robust retail infrastructure. The saving grace has been the VC’s and other foreign investors who have made that move. Today there are a handful of Indian designers who have made it close to the Rs 100 cr. annual turnover. This includes the like of Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre. Of particular pride for us is Anita Dongre, whose pret labels and retail chains, Indo-western styled Global Desi (138 retail stores) and  Western-styled AND (125 retail stores) together with other labels add up to a solid Rs 725 cr per annum.

Although having less flourish or creativity than her brethren, Anita’s Dongre’s phenomenal success has been due to a relentless focus on Pret, sharing the business end of the stage with her MBA brother, Sawlani and the VC’s who put up the money. This is just a tip of the iceberg of what Indian fashion can do when everything falls in place. To be sure, there is still a long way to go but now the glass ceiling for Indian designers has been broken!

Vinod Kaul

Jt. Managing Director, ICoFP

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India is a country with various cultures and tradition

It was around 1980s; the late 80s and the 90s saw a spurt growth of fashion in India.

It was only in 1999 that India showcased its first-ever fashion show. Of course, there existed many designers before the 90s but the fashion industry was never that widespread until the late 80s and 90s.

The main trademark of fashion in India is because of the Bollywood industry. Since its inception, people get really inspired and keep trying to copy the designer’s styles.

In the year 1986, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India opened the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi with the help of the Fashion Institute of Technology in India.

The word fashion brings the glamour. There are 100s of designers now. Some are really popular and some are still expanding. India today is one of the mostly dense countries which are mainly giving a hand to the fashion industry in order to magnify.

The western culture has most influenced our fashion industry. However, Indian cultural fashion has not loosened its popularity too.

Our fashion industry has started to grow and is expected to propagate exponentially in the next two years.

The growing population itself is predicted to hand the fashion industry to develop manifold. The love for brand names has already gone crazy and that will increase the consumerism.

In a nutshell, it can be said that the Indian fashion industry is budding at a high pace. This industry is offering a wide range of opportunities to the creative people, artists, hard-working and innovative people.

There are plenty of job opportunities in this sector; so what I personally feel about this is that the Fashion Industry is totally going to be a professional’s career choice with a lot of fascination. Rest, the time will showcase what the industry beholds for us.

Saloni Sharma

BBA-FE (2019-21)

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Trip to Jaipur

Recently, we, the students of international college of fashion, along with our faculty, went on an educational trip to Jaipur.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city, is full of visitors’ attractions, including the famous Amer fort, Hawamahal, Jal Mahal etc. Jaipur also offers a wide range of learning opportunities for fashion students like us, including educational workshops on block printing techniques, anokhi museum of hand painting, handicraft markets, etc.

Our trip was scheduled from 25th of March to 28th of March. On 26th we attended a workshop on a block printing technique called Dabu print, which involves use of a specially prepared mud mix with ingredients like babool tree gum, lime water and mud, etc. It is prepared in advance and is quick dried with the help of finely grated wood remains to speed up the process. All the students made their own products like stoles, scarves and dupattas through Dabu. A special feature of Dabu is that in the dyeing process, we only use natural dyes, no chemical dyes are used. Most widely found color is indigo, since it’s the most commonly found natural dye. In the workshop we had a hands-on experience of Dabu printing, which was an enriching learning experience as a fashion student.

On 27th we visited the Anokhi museum of hand printing. The museum is home to the history of various forms of hand printing and block printing, including techniques like Bagru print and Sanganeri print. The museum has on display different examples of historic clothing of India and parts of now Pakistan, the reasoning of why people wore what they did, in what areas, what season, etc.
All combined, this trip was full of new learnings, and we have now gained knowledge that is going to prove useful to us as students in the future. This trip to Jaipur opened new gates of opportunities and possibilities for us in the industry in future.

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JOB ROLES in FASHION INDUSTRY

The Fashion Industry has evolved significantly! Over the last 20 years, the industry has seen rapid growth, not only in terms of production, revenue and design but also in terms of the kind of career avenues that have opened up. Gone are the days when one could think of being in the Fashion Industry only as a Fashion Designer. There are countless careers in and related to the Fashion Industry today and the roles are ever-evolving.

It’s not just Glitz and Glamour, Fashion Industry is one of the most hard – working industries in the world. Living up to the constant demand and need of the changing times, it will keep you on your toes.  If you have a creative mind and you come up with interesting ideas, this industry is a great place for you. Let’s look at some of the career options one can explore in the industry.

1.      FASHION DESIGNER – Fashion Designing is an integral part of a Fashion House. Everything starts with a design. Being a Fashion Designer can be challenging but if you can live up to the constant changing dynamics of the Seasons then you should definitely explore this career. If you’re fresh out of a fashion college, consider interning at a reputed Fashion House to learn the nuances of design.

2.      STYLIST– From Editorial Styling to Celebrity Styling, the Styling Career has evolved over time. If you have a keen eye for detail, if you can communicate and understand who your client is and what they want, you should consider getting into Styling.

3.      FASHION TECHNOLOGIST – Fashion Technologists work on the creation of Fabrics. They ensure the fabric is made using the most cost effective and efficient methods. Today we see companies coming up with Sustainable and Eco Friendly Fabrics. Students with Science background can opt for this Career.

4.     FASHION E-COMMERCE – Coming from a Fashion E-commerce industry, with an experience of almost 6 years now, I can safely say that it’s one of the fastest evolving industries out there. It’s exciting and cut throat at the same time. Today almost every Brand has an e-commerce Website. There are e-business MBA programs. If you have a Fashion & Business Background, you should definitely look at starting an e-commerce website. If that’s not possible financially, you can start with selling your Designs, Merchandise on E-commerce Marketplaces like Amazon, Flipkart etc. Consider interning at an E-commerce Company before starting your own to gain Business experience. 

5.      LUXURY BRAND MANAGER – Major responsibility of a Luxury Brand Manager is to cater to a Specific Clientele. Understanding Consumer Psychology plays an important role in this career. One must understand the vision of the Luxury Brand and implement Strategies accordingly.

6.     FASHION BLOGGER – From Blogging Part-time to taking up Blogging as a Career, Blogging has come a long way. The Popular Content Creators/Bloggers are now known as influencers because of their reach and the impact they have on their audience. They’re now Celebrities & Brands in their own right. One should have a voice because there’s a plethora of Bloggers out there; you don’t want to get lost.

7.     DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST – With almost every individual on social media today, companies are hiring professionals to manage and create content for their social media handles. If you love creating content, you should consider this career option.

8.     FASHION SHOW PRODUCER – For a 10-15 minutes runway show, the planning and work starts almost a year in advance. A Fashion Show Producer is in charge of every aspect of a Fashion Show. The responsibilities are both creative and business. Scouting Locations, Budgeting, assisting in selecting the designers are some of the aspects. Making decisions quickly and communicating effectively are one of the most important skills for this job.

There are many other career opportunities in fashion industry which includes Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Business Management, Fashion Photography, Fashion Retailer, Trend Forecaster, Retail Buyer, Fashion Editor and many more.

Shivani Pikhan,
Founder and Director, Semessta

 

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Top Fashion Designing Colleges in India

A career in fashion designing surely sounds good, doesn’t it? There are few other career options that would let you explore as much with creativity as this one. There are no rules to limit you; there are no barriers that would prevent you from taking an entrepreneurial role. It isn’t surprising that thousands of youngsters join fashion designing courses every year. However you must be careful when it comes to choosing a college as not every institution will offer you the same kind of knowledge and training as far as these courses are concerned. Here we list the top fashion designing colleges in India that can add wings to your career –

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi – It is one of the oldest and surely the first-choice among government fashion designing colleges in the country. There are several UG, PG and short-term courses being offered at this institution and the kind of hands-on training offered makes them popular among the students.
  • International College of Fashion – Based in Delhi it is one of the top colleges for fashion designing in the country. Boasting of a seasoned faculty team ICF offers a wide choice of short and long term courses that are in sync with the development in the industry. Apart from designing their course programs also focus on marketing and entrepreneurship which are as important in this industry.
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai – Like its cousin it Delhi the one in India’s tinsel town has established itself as one of the premier institutions for fashion studies in India. It offers several under-graduate, post-graduate and continuing education programs and offers great exposure to its students.
  • Pearl Academy, Delhi – Since its establishment in 1993 it has slowly risen up in the ranks to be ranked as one of the top fashion designing college in country which is known for offering several courses at Under Graduate level and Post Graduate levels to its students. The institution is known to offer hands-on training to its students.
  • Amity School of Fashion Technology, Noida – Part of the Amity University this institute has gained immense popularity in the recent years offering great placements to its students and exposure to the industry.

To conclude the choice of a fashion designing college would determine the success in your career. If you are able to make it to one of these institutes you will sow the perfect seeds for your career.

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Short term Courses in Fashion Designing

If you are in the fashion industry you’d be aware of the pace at which this industry undergoes change. It thus becomes important for you to stay updated with the latest changes that are taking place. This is where joining short term courses in fashion designing will help you ride over competition. We at International College of Fashion (ICF) have been at the forefront of fashion designing and entrepreneurship in India and bring to you courses that help you build strengths and competitive edge in this fast changing industry. Here are some of the benefits of enrolling into our short term courses in fashion designing –

  • They are convenientShort term courses are popular as they are very convenient. You don’t have to invest lot of money to join these courses and neither quit your regular job. Few weeks of break from your regular life is all that’s required to learn about the new things in the industry and acquire skills that would help you push your career forward.
  • They refresh your knowledge – You will need to constantly update your skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve in the industry. You may have been employed with a big fashion label or running your own business but you need to constantly acquire new knowledge on a constant basis and this is where these courses help you.
  • They offer specialized training – If you are into merchandising you may wish to learn only about this and not spend your time leaning about other concepts in fashion designing. This is where these courses by helping you acquire specialized skills.
  • They offer insight into upcoming trends – Success is the fashion industry belongs to those who are aware of the upcoming trends in the market. How do you spot for these trends? How do you filter out the dozens of signs and signals that you come across in the market.
  • They prepare you for challenges – As with any business that is undergoing constant change there are also new challenges that emerge. What worked for your business or career in the past may not work in the future. To survive in this market you will need to know about these challenges beforehand and deal with them.

By joining our short term courses in fashion designing you will lend a new dimension to your career. You must bear in mind that in this industry things around you are constantly changing and you need to keep these things in mind and choose a short term.

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Leading Fashion Designing College to Boost Your Career

Talk of a career in fashion designing and your eyes open wide thinking about all the gloss and glamour in this career path. After all most of us think of fashion designers as superstars who design the most stunning outfits and grace the ramp after showing their new collection. In reality you will have to rise up a pyramid to reach those levels as a designer. In fact it is one of the toughest career options where there is hardly any room for average designers. Either you are good at it or you will end up with a degree and no career.

To build a flourishing career in this competitive industry you will need to sow the right seeds for your career. You need to prepare for the challenges as you work through your diploma or degree and the college you choose would make or break your career. A good college such as International College of Fashion (www.icf.edu.in) would take you closer to your dreams and help you choose the right career path. It will prepare you all that awaits you in this rewarding yet competitive career path.

Learning the tricks of this trade…            
If fashion designing was all about creativity the best painters and artists would have made the best designers. On the other hand if it was only about sourcing raw materials and turning them into wonderful clothes and accessories, anybody on the streets could have become a fashion designer or an entrepreneur. But to be successful in this business you need to mix creativity with good business senses and most importantly know where to look for the upcoming trends in the market. That’s where a leading fashion designing college would make the difference in terms of teaching you the tricks of this trade.

Preparing for the challenges…  
How do you prepare for the challenges that lay ahead? While reading case studies may help a bit they would never come close to training on how to approach problems and solve them. You will have to work in the industry to gain experience and that’s where internship comes to your help. Few weeks of internship will help you experience the industry across its different verticals from up-close and you’d know what to expect when you start your career in the industry.

And before we conclude the kind of exposure you’d get at a leading fashioning designing college is incomparable. They not only help you find a good job but boost your career by laying a strong foundation for you to build on.

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Partners in Crime

It’s time to stop overbuying and instead choose stuff you love, and invest in it. We believe there is a better way.

partners in crimeThis time it’s an alert for shopaholics! Where we girls spend so much to buy our clothes now there is a better way to do the wardrobe makeover. Partners in Crime(P.i.C) style is a place where you can recreate your outfit by just having some of them. These people has emerged with a thought and applied it as well in a very appropriate manner.

P.i.C Style was born out of an obsession to do fashion in the right manner. Simply put, people want to know where their clothes come from and who makes them. As they say,

‘Buying with us gives you more. Our P.i.C collection is rotatable and interchangeable, giving you more flexibility than a lifetime of downward dogs. You can create over 50 clean looks from just eight beautiful pieces.’

We people always think to mix and match but at last it just end up with our general taste and does not look that much appealing or different but according to P.i.C style we can create 50 looks from just eight pieces.

“WE ALL NEED TO CARE FOR THIS PLANET.

BUT NOT IT’S POSSIBLE TO CARE AND LOOK CHIC”

It’s always hard to balance things like- to spend or to save or to get better in less, to be different in the same. All these things just create a fact in our mind to let go off the things but now it’s possible to care yet look elegant by spending less but getting more. Even if you people are not able to buy stuff, there are plenty of videos available of various tutorials to create new styles.

Join us. Rebel.
Be part of the slow fashion revolution.

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P.i.C style travelled around the word to explore more and find out the people that match there ethos after starting their setup in London. The partners they have with them are- MVDT, Mud Jeans, SUITE 13, MIRABELLE and more. Together these all creates a family to save the planet by keeping fashion in mind.

The category named ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ have the styles and their different ways to put on so if you guys ever wish to spend less yet want more, just roll over the website and see how creatively it is possible in fashion world to roll with few outfits.

FASHION FOR THE FUTURE

Simran Dhingra

BBA-FE (2017-2020)

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