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What’s a career in fashion forecasting ?

For most of us, ‘fashion forecasting’ jobs have an aura surrounding them. Forecasting of fashion trends is crucial and can make or break the destiny of the garment — whether or not the consumer will actually purchase it.

Fashion forecasting involves calculation of mood, behaviour, and buying habits of the consumer. It is not as much about classifying customers by age, geography, or income, than looking into how and why they buy, their moods, beliefs, and the occasion. From street fashion to red carpets, fashion trend consultants search high and low for innovations.

Fashion forecasters carry out research to inform designers about trends so that they can ensure their products are suited for the purpose. The area is growing, owing to the escalating number of consumer sub-groups that companies want to target — from teens to silver-surfers. Each area of the fashion forecasting industry holds a wide range of career choices.  From searching the streets for trends to reading and interpreting those trends as actual fashion products, to writing about, photographing and further interpreting  those trends, there are ample choices.

Unlike common perception, fashion forecasting is a bit more scientific than crystalball gazing, although intuition does play a part. A trend forecaster’s work covers a range of areas such as product design, interiors and technology. The day-to-day job involves carrying out research with consumers, designers, and architects, visiting trade fairs and exhibitions and trawling the media. For those seeking a competitive, fast-paced, and rewarding career in the fashion industry, trend forecasting could be one of the career options. The first step is to study fashion and its history.  Getting an internship or working with a company in the field would be a great place to start.

To succeed one needs to be creative and act like a sponge, soaking up everything.  It involves using findings of research as well as an intuition to predict the upcoming trends, in addition to possessing analytical skills to be able to assimilate them and explain what it would mean for the end consumer.

Fashion forecasters conduct research to inform designers about trends to ensure their products are suited for the purpose

NIFT 2011 counselling session – review by an AFDian

No more sleepless nights.  I finally got the pressure off me as I got Textile Design in NIFT, Delhi.  My experience was a bittersweet one though. I remember going through hundreds of articles on how to choose your stream and center, but it was a very unusual encounter altogether.

The NIFT counselling is a big issue for design students after the ranks are declared. Its always scheduled in June which is the hottest time of the year in Delhi when people would burst into flames if they were to stand in the sun for more than 30 minutes. Then of course the traffic makes it worse. I took advice from my friends inhabiting in Delhi and used the Metro as my basic transport. Its economical, convenient and fast.

On 22nd June, I took the Metro from Old Delhi railway station and headed towards Green Park, the nearest station to NIFT. I walked a good 100 yards to find a very well laid campus and one would instantly know why is it called the most prestigious and reputed fashion institution in the country, it has that feel to it.

The thing started at 2:00 PM  in the I. G hall. Students were accompanied by their parents. The seats offered were displayed on a screen. Every face in the room looked tensed, except for a few people which I guess were the first 15 rank holders. A lady from the Fashion Design department came in and gave a brief introduction about all the streams, job prospects and about the institution’s evaluation process. She kept reminding us, “FIRST COURSE THEN CENTER” and she had a point because our course obviously decides our career .

Hierarchy is strictly maintained. First ranker goes in first. The first stage is where we get our documents verified and wait for the second call. The second is when we get to decide the stream and center. As soon as the first ranker came out the screen showed 15-1= 14 in FD, Delhi. That’s how the screen works.

At first it was going smooth and everyone came out quite happy. But after the first 15 ranks were over the weirdness crept in. Eyes were glued to the screen and I heard collective sighs whenever a seat got filled. Some people who went in looked blank and came out all surprised. Anxiety + tension= weird look on your face!!

We had to be quick with our decision of course and center and that had a bad effect on us . People kept fidgeting as the calls were made. There were a lot of people who were confused between there 1st and 2nd preferences. I was amused by this guy who flipped a coin but then again I sympathized. Everyone was freaking out. It was an absolute mayhem.

Rank 69 was called and I went in. I told the faculty ,TD DELHI!!. I nearly shouted it out loud. Heads turned but that’s how nervous I was. Then documents were collected and I was handed a receipt that confirmed my admission. I came out wide eyed and smiling, almost looking creepy but I was glad that it was finally over.

I remember the guard giving me some friendly advice when I coming out. He asked me my stream and exclaimed, “Textile accha hai!”. Also, “attendance ka boht panga hai yahan!”  and I chuckled. So no bunking business here. To my surprise he knew a lot about the place. He also gave me advice on apartment hunting as NIFT doesn’t provide accommodation to the students. I thanked him for his help and wondered if  the faculty was as nice as the security. Fingers crossed!

When I came back home, I never got off the phone. A lot of relatives(when I say a lot, I mean Everybody!)  called and congratulated me. My parents were happy in particular because I was the first one in my family to choose a different field. They acknowledged my potential and were highly understanding and supportive. The funny thing was my grandmother who already handed me the list of stuff I had to design for her. The evening was followed by a small celebration party with friends,  lets be honest, they demanded it. Also ,I got a call from my cousin who is preparing for the NIFT exam and I guided her. I have been inspired by a lot of people but inspiring somebody was a completely unusual feeling. It was overwhelming.

Design School with a vision

 

Sushant School of Design, the new sister school of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, recently, ended it’s first year with its’ Foundation Year exhibition. The exhibition touches upon process, discovery and rediscovery – studio work from spatial design, fine art, ceramics and weaving are installed in a single space, setting up
interesting juxtapositions.
The School currently runs a dynamic Foundation in Design – 1 year and a Diploma in Interior Design – 3 year and will soon be establishing programs in visual communications and product design.
The innovative interior design program takes students on a discovery of aesthetics, developing the skills and sensibility needed to be a designer that will make change in the world – be it local or global. Much of the ethos and teaching practice of the school comes from a studio approach to learning which is ‘hands-on’, where each student is developed as a maker and a thinker. SSD’s faculties are the backbone of the school and it’s program, through their international work and education they bring together a powerful understanding of creativity from contexts and concepts that cross the globe. Their mission is to develop young designers thatwho can apply this knowledge to the context of India.
SSD’s ambitions are high and studio life requires not only a full time commitment but the ability to remain open to new ideas and processes. For anyone who is considering a career in design, the Foundation in Design is an experience that opens minds and grounds students in self belief. For those wanting to pursue interior design, SSD provides a unique learning environment that encompasses a breadth of subjects that include weaving, product design, ceramics and fine art.  Collectively they open up the world of interior design.

What exactly is instructional design? What qualifications does it require?

The global need for customised e-learning packages has opened up a host of exciting new career opportunities for instructional designers. With instructional designing (ID) services being farmed out from UK and US, instructional designing is emerging as one of the fastest growing fields in India.
Instructional designers draft the blueprint for a whole multimedia project — from determining the educational design and content of the project to deciding how to present it.   As an instructional designer, you will work closely with subject matter experts to organise information in such a way that a learner can easily comprehend it.

Be prepared for extensive brain storming sessions on pre-design activities such as content design, analysis of context, content and learner needs. While teaching and training skills are desirable attributes, it goes without saying that you need excellent communication skills in English with a good understanding of web-based training.

As a trainee instructional designer, your main responsibility will be to implement design specifications. You can also work as an integrator, animation, graphic artist or visualiser. Today, the need for instructional designers is being felt in corporate training institutes, in the public sector as well as in educational institutes.

Earlier, the role of an instructional designer was restricted to designing curricula for instructional books or manuals. Now instructional designers are much more tech savvy and offer consultation in fields ranging from educational TV, computer-based teaching, instructional video, business training and multimedia to print media and classroom design.

Starting out as a trainee instructional designer, you could rise to the level of e-learning project manager and eventually to a consultant. Although there are a number of formal courses in ID, many courses are actually run by e-learning companies. As lots of global e-learning projects are outsourced to India, companies have their own in-house learning departments as they feel the need to constantly hone their designers’ skills.

Refer to the following webisites for more information:

 http://www.elearningguild.com

http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning

http://www.elearningguru.ie/Home.html

 http://www.clarktraining.com 

Training to be an instructional designer is not easy. Over and above your core training, it could take anywhere from six months to two years to get a clear understanding. And even then, there is no end to learning in this field. You need to upgrade your skills and keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Where can you hope to be after a fashion design course ?

The Indian fashion industry is surging forth on an all-time high. The women’s apparel market, with a 12% growth rate, leads the growth trend. Other high-growth categories include innerwear, kids wear, plus-size apparel, work-wear, industrial textiles and home textiles.

While the domestic market itself is huge, exports are also booming. The ‘Made in India’ tag is no longer looked down upon as a low quality product. India is now everywhere on the global fashion radar. The Indian label now signifies good quality and high fashion. We are now even giving China competition.

A bevy of international fashion houses have their presence in India and many international designers are working in tandem with Indian designers who are renowned for their flair and attention for detail. Those that produce traditional garments are singled out for their ornate craftsmanship. So the opportunities are tremendous regardless of whether you’re working with an export house, a design studio, a retail outlet or running your own show (your own label/outlet).

Once you’ve learnt the ropes and worked as a designer for a few years, you can hope to move up to the level of senior designer. In this position, you’ll lead and instruct a team of designers. You will ‘direct’ their creativity to deliver the buyer’s specific style requirements.

fashion production

garment designing

You will monitor the output of the team to ensure that compliance with the technical specifications and quality parameters are met. You’ll analyse global trends while keeping a close eye on the market in general and the competition in particular, in order to develop new designs. As the head/principal designer, you’ll plan the entire collection for forecasting next season and oversee production plus organise trade/fashion shows.

Having mastered the ropes, you could even consider starting your own export or fabrication business. The retail market for readymade clothes is booming, and you could supply your own line of fashion wear to the domestic market or start your own boutique. In fact, the possibilities are endless.

Then there are other allied options in the fashion business including fashion styling, fashion writing, brand management, photography, style consulting and visual merchandising that you could consider somewhere down the line.

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Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2013:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10 + 2)
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2)
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Aswathi Raza.K

NID GDPD & NIFT Rank 3 - Year 2012 - Kerala

Hey to the AFD team,
And thank you to all teachers who have taught me and had contributed a huge fraction to my beating the competition and getting into NID. (Especially to anjana mam, Tulip mam, Denny sir, and Julie mam) I had gotten this advice before the interview and it had helped - Don't prepare ready-made answers. Discover yourself and be plain honest.

Thanks again to AFD

Akash Sheshadri

NID GDPD 2012 - Delhi

Hi Afd, Wish to inform you that my son Akash sheshadri, has got admission to NID, Ahmedabad. Thank you for the coaching and other inputs given by you for the studio test and interview which helped him a lot. Regards,Sheshadri iyer

Madhavi Singh

Rank 1 NIFT - B.Des 2011 - Delhi

To prepare for the NIFT Entrance Examination, I attended the one-month Creative Ability Test summer workshop and the week long Situation Test workshop at AFD and also attended a 5-day Situation Test workshop at another Institute in Delhi. The experience at AFD was amazing and the faculty is brilliant. The support I got from AFD was very encouraging and of great help. The atmosphere in the classes is very friendly. I learnt a lot from the classes and I owe a great deal to AFD for my success in the NIFT Entrance Examination. I take this opportunity to thank everyone at AFD specially Ms. Julie James and Somdatt Sarkar for their help and support

Diti Mistry

Delhi - NIFT Rank 137 Year 2011

Hello I'm thankful to the AFD coaching. I took for 5 days for the preparation of NIFT situation test. I got through NIFT with the rank of 137. Thank You.

Akshan Ish

Delhi - NID PGDPD Graphic Design Year 2011

I've been selected for the Graphic Design PG program in NID. I am very grateful to AFD for guiding me through the process.You would also be happy to know that quite a few people (Shitij Sood, Anupriya Arvind, Girish Krishnan, Yaju, Avjit) from our AFD IGP, Delhi class have also been selected to NID.Thank you so much for all the support!

Regards,
Akshan

Aakanksha Gaur

NID PGDPD Delhi - Year 2011

I have got through NID PG Programme for Information and Interface Design at Bangalore and I am in the waiting list for Design for Digital Experience. Have to thank the AFD team for their guidance and support.

Anupriya Arvind

Delhi - NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED AIR 38

Anupriya this side. ! was in your Delhi centre for , weekend PG coaching course. I had appeared for NID PG and CEED, and i am very happy to tell you that thanks to AFD have cleared NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED with an All India Rank of 38, score of 61 on 100 and a percentile of 98.2. I know I have not been in contact much since the coaching ended..but I attribute it to my hectic college n internships n placements. So anyway...i"d really like to thank the entire AFD team for their guidance, help n support. Al the effort u guys took in getting guest lecturers from India n abroad, n d teaching material n resident faculty was remarkable! it was all because of you guys that this was possible. i have been a part of AFD since 2007 (my NIFT days)....n i have never been disappointed ever since. Julie..u have been really helpful..coz u let me join d classes initially 4 a test run..without payment just cause u had faith in me..n i am really grateful 2 u for that.

Anyway...Now i have to go in for the studio test and interview round for NID n CEED and will need some guidance and input regarding that as well. so i'l be in touch with you asap.

also..id specially like to mention Gargi n Ashima...they have been incredible in their efforts! pls let me know hw do we go about this nw..as in..hw do v take it from here.

RAHUL SAHU

Bhopal - NID UG - 2008

I want to express my gratitude towards AFD whose eveready excellent guidance and training have contributed to my unique success. Im overawed with AFDs support. Without AFD, getting into NID was unthinkable .I came to know about NID through AFD only it helped me from starting till the end. Im very happy & I will strongly recommend all the designing aspirants to join AFD. Whatever we learnt in the class, exactly same was asked in NID. It was my pleasure to learn from such a nice & experienced .teachers like JULIE MAM , RUCHA MAM , etc Thank you mam !

Anubhav Ganguly

Allahabad NID PG 2008

Dear AFD!! First of all I would like to introduce about myself I am Anubhav Ganguly I am from Allahabad and I am registered student of AFD.I have enrolled for the program NIFT/NID Ug Combo Pack 2008.

AFD has truly given me a hope to entering into the top Indian Fashion colleges. Earlier when for the first time I gave my entrance test for NIFT 2007 I didn't knew a single thing about the paper and how about it should be approached, the type of questions that will be coming and how to maximize my chances of getting into some of the good fashion colleges. I came to know about AFD as i was seriously needed a help to get my next attempt a successful one. Though I have yet waiting for my results. I came to know about AFD through google search and frankly speaking I searched a lot of coaching institutes before deciding at last going with AFD. According to the quality, content and fees wise AFD was the best according to my needs. There was range of options that students can choose according to his/her needs which i felt the best about.

When I received my first consignment for my particular course it kind of generated some inner confidence in myself and from that moment I started thinking that i can really make it condition If I work hard. I particularly choose AFD because they have some of best faculties who can help you in their best possible way they can. The mock tests is the most which helped me to know what is NIFT/NID all about .I would like to gratify my special thanks to the AFD members who boosted a lot confidence in myself and fairly know this much with their continuous help I did a lot better than my 2007 NID paper. The books they provided right from the Drawing Ability to Creative ability were sure speaked for themselves. If one really solves them and go through it sincerely I believe that he has the greatest chances in getting to any of the premium fashion or design Institutes. Their part of labour is truly speaking for themselves because they the highest number of student ratio who cracked NIFT/NID examinations according to my personal sources than any other coaching institutes. I would surely recommend any budding designer or fashion designers who really want to get into colleges like NIFT/NID should go for AFD.

I only feared that the questions that are asked are not really very difficult to attempt. But thanks to AFD once again the practice with their mock papers made my fear vanished as soon as I saw the paper. I was just scared that may all the ideas come into my mind just for 3hours during which Iwas attempting the paper because it's only ideas and a creativity that can only make u sail smoothly which I believed.

Once i started attempting the question Thanks to God that my ideas and creativeness started to flowing in my mind rapidly

Kashmira Hajra

Kolkata- NIFT B. Des Rank 120 - 2007

I would like to give u gr8 thanks 4ur help, we got for those 4 days in kolkata, during nift situation classes...it was a gr8 help,, now i understand wat ur criticism and praises have worked.results have not cum out but still i cant stop thanking u over and over again,,, u were amazing teacher,, i thank AFD also for providing us those classes which i believe all my mates agree to b very helpfull..

hope all our as well as ur effort be fruitfull...

Sucharita Ghosh

MIT , Pune 2007 - Kolkata

AFD helped a lot but i believe the theory was equally hard so afd should give courses for that too. an audio visual course could be made........more aptitude tests should be undertaken thank you so much for being there for us

Ishan Kanwar

NIFT AIR 570, Symbiosis, Apeejay, Pearl

hello mam, My AIR is 570 and i am into the nift banglore campus in the accessory design (business and corporate) dept. my experience through every phase was really cool and comfortable but my most important period had been the coaching at kottayam. since i got 2 know 'bout everything regarding the nift's entrance there only so it was the backbone of my success. henceforth i really feel it not only necessary but compulsory 4 all hard core aspirants of all the design schools as its been the most important factors in my sucess not only at nift but also symbiosis, pearl & apeejay inst. of design really mam i'm very very thakful 2 u. the only suggestion ... plz have ur programs of short periods in delhi and other places.

Gurinder Kaur

NIFT M. F. Tech 2007

AFD provides an excellent study material. It helped me a lot while i was preparing for nift mftech entrance. It is all because of afd faculty that I have been selected for M.F.Tech programme in Delhi.

Anupriya Arvind

NIFT B. Des Rank 119 2007 - Kolkata

Dear Julie Madam, I m grateful 2 the AFD team 4 all their hard work n guidance. Im proud 2 say that I have got an all India rank of 119 & the credit goes 2 the entire team of AFD! . I am really indebted 2 u 4 competing in nift, srishti & symbiosis. The material u sent me was very good. It gave me a very clear picture of what was going 2 be asked in the written test. Having crossed that hurdle, I joined your situation test workshop in Kolkata. Under the able guidance of Rajiv Sir, i learnt the skill, time management and effort required 4 the test. U made me see the kind of talent I had & helped me 2 showcase it at the right time & place . Just wish I had known about u before the NID exam, then I would have definitely competed there too. You have been instrumental in shaping my career n I m never gona forget u!! If anyone reading this, is interested in designing, then pls. Join AFD coz they r the best people around 2 help u

Vijay PAVAN.A

IDC 2007 / NID PG SDM - 2007

Dear Madam, I am Pavan, Architect from Hyderabad. I am a former postal student of AFD for CEED exam. Now i am in NID, Ahmedabad. I got admission here in PG in Strategic Design Management in May, 2007.

And today after noon, IDC, IIT Bombay results are announced for their M.Des program. Thankfully, i got the admission in their M.Des, Interaction Design program also. I appreciate you for your help and material provided to me. I hope you to continue to create awareness among students community about design courses across India and the respective prospects in the stream.

Ankita

2nd Rank NIFT B.F Tech / NID - GDPD

I am happy to inform you that I have been selected for admission in NID ..Your IGP postal course was of great help in cracking this tough examination..Thank you for your help and support.

Piyush Anand

NIFT B. Des

i m glad to be the student of Afd who taught me how to walk on the zig-zag road of NIFT. The competition was really tough because there were limited seats and too much students. Inspite of tough competition afd explored our skill and made us master over toughness. I was having the skill and effort but that was of no use unless there is confidence which i got from Afd classes.I thank you very much for the efforts which Rajiv sir and Afd made to make our base strong to chase nift situation test. Finally i m in nift and i too got selected in symbiosis. But going in nift bcoz my dream was NIFT and afd helped me to achieve my dream. Thank you teacher's and thank you AFD.

Anita Ann Babu

Symbiosis 2007

I am happy to inform you that I have cleared Symbiosis entrance Test (set-test). Studio test will be on 11th June (this is conflicting with NIFT's date for group discussion). I wish to express my gratitude to the faculty, timely help I got from the study materials. Thanks once again.

Deepika V Ramani

Pearl Academy 2006

I am Deepika V Ramani Roll No:NT 795. I have joined Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi in the Fashion Design Under Graduate Programme. Although I got admission in Symbiosis, I preferred Pearl. Your guidance for my written and situation Exams were very useful. Thank you. Will keep in touch.

IPSITA PRIYADARSINI

Pearl Academy, 2006

I have taken admission in pearl academy of fashion in Chennai centre. Afd helped me a lot to ignite my creativity. Thanks a lot Sir.

Varshapriya. R

Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune

I am very thankful to all the members and faculty of AFD for the training given to me. I was successful to get into Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune. I have opted for Product design.

Ankur Srivastava

Pearl Academy 2006

Hello Afd,

I Ankur Kumar Srivastava got selected in Pearl Academy of Fashion in retail. And I am very thankful to you and your coaching material which you provided me.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Priyadarshani Pawar

NIFT B.F.Tech Design

Hello Julie Madam,

How are you? Hope you are doing fine.

I just got back from Delhi. I had my counselling for NIFT on the 20th of June. And guess what Ma'am, I got Fashion Design at Hyderabad! I got the design course of my choice though as centre I would have preferred Mumbai due to the distance. But I am very happy and also quite excited! Our term starts on the 10th of July. So I shall be leaving for Hyderabad in the first week of July probably. I would like to thank you for all your help and guidance! Your classes and your teaching was a real boon! I dont know if that really sounds right but in short THANK YOU Ma'am!!

Bye for now, Do keep in touch!!

Priyanka Ann Joshi

NIFT B. F. Tech Design 2005

The comprehensive and complete study materials of the NIFT, of which I was an earnest aspirant . I am extremely thankful to the AFD for the excellent tips and guidance extended to me. AFD is surely a boon to the NIFT aspirants.

GAYATRI SIVAKUMAR

Nift 2006

This is Gayatri Sivakumar the one who was there in IGP class in Bangalore. Ok, I'll give u another clue- the girl who cut her finger and scared you.

Thanks for your IGP package and god's grace without which it was impossible for me to secure a rank of 218.I am happy to inform u that I made into fashion communication at Mumbai. Well the classes begin on 10th July and I am excited but nervous. Plz excuse me for this late reply.

Keep smiling and keep busy coaching future aspirants. Hope to see u in future as we all know earth is round BYE.

DEEPINTI VERMA

PEARL Academy

Hi Julie Madam,

Hope you are just fine. I was able to get the IGP package only two days before the second round. I wanted to tell you that I have been selected for pearl. I give its credit to you and AFD. All the packs really helped me. In the situational test i.e., in a group of 5 people, was given to design a chair and table. We made a chair in the shape of a colour palette and table in the shape of scissors. It looked totally cool. Then in the interview I was asked about what we made. They asked me about my famous industrialist, I said I dont know much about them but fashion designers. So they asked me about them. I talked about Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya. and many more questions. It was fun. They saw my portfolio and then asked me whats the meaning of my name when I was leaving. I told them its deep- anti, antim deep i.e. The last deep. They told me that means when the world falls in darkness, you are the one who will give light to everyone. It felt very good. In this interview I acted very naturally and did not pretend anything and it worked. One thing I have learned is we should be as we are, not try to pretend thinking people wont like you. People like you as you are. Too much of philosophy!!!! Anyway hope to talk to you soon.

Take care,

GOOD WISHES,