Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fashion Education

This strand aims to create a step change in vocational education by facilitating partnerships between the Indian and UK colleges of further education and Indian vocational colleges. The colleges are encouraged to work together on joint educational projects with an objective to meet industry skills gaps in two strategically important areas for India and the UK financial services and creative industries. The major activities under this strand include development of joint projects, student and staff exchanges and work placements. Funding under the strand is available for up to three years. The strand aims to support a total of eight partnerships by the year 2011, most of which are already in place. To help ensure that the skills system meets the needs of individuals and employers, Professional and Technical Skills (PTS) partnerships are encouraged to have a strategic engagement
with industry and business employers, sector skills councils, further education colleges and universities.


The partnership between Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi and Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, UK, focuses on increasing knowledge and skills in the supply chain that links India and UK's fashion industries. The main aspects of this project are strengthening collaborative knowledge and understanding of the global context of fashion design, management and manufacturing, and help to meet identified employer needs to increase development opportunities for students progression.
The partnership between South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi and Blackburn College, UK, aims at developing a long-term collaboration to identify and address the training needs of the textile and fashion sectors in both countries. The partner institutions have already agreed to develop an International Design qualification and have also organised an International Design Competition

Lawyer-turned-high fashion retailer Charu Sachdev is gearing up to bring Jean-Paul Gaultier to India By Zahra KhanA lawyer by education and now CEO of TSG International Pvt Ltd, 28-year-old Charu Sachdev is no stranger to high fashion and luxury. A scion of the New Delhi-based India Export House family, Charu has been responsible for successfully launching the Italian luxury brand Moschino in India.
education,Indian Fashion Industry
Fashion is an applied art as it involves technical accuracy. Yet, I don't believe in creating fashion as purely an art form. Clothes are meant to enhance the body in the most beautiful way possible. Fashion is a creative discipline. The challenge is to create a range of apparel that is as fresh as it is innovative, season after season and looks at the human form with a new attitude each time.Historically, India has been globally acknowledged as a country for its rich textile heritage, but fashion, as an industry, continues to be challenged with several infrastructural and industry issues. Until recently, leading Indian designers primarily focussed on couture lines and wedding trousseaus. Over the last 4-5 years, as increasing number of people have joined the designer/fashion industry (designers, textile designers, models, make-up artists, hairstylists, stylists, photographers, etc). However, the target customer base has witnessed limited growth in the same period.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has recommended Pakistan School of Fashion Design (PSFD), Lahore for grant of Charter to award its own degrees. The decision has been taken upon successful evaluation of feasibility report and inspection of academic, financial and physical infrastructure available with the School in relation to the ‘Criteria/Guidelines for Establishment of New University/Institution of Higher Education’ and considering future development plans for the up-gradation of faculties of School as envisaged by the Government.
Pakistan School of Fashion Design (PSFD) was established by the Export Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Commerce in 1995. The School started its operations in affiliation with French fashion institutions. Presently, the School is offering 4-years Bachelors’ in Fashion Design and another in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising. For future, the School plans to introduce degrees in the fields of leather products, ceramics, foot-wear, gems, jewelry, fashion accessories, fashion journalism and fashion studies. It will also offer training in fashion photography, styling, multimedia visual presentations, packaging and concept brand image etc.

Lots of smart and influential people have considered fashion and clothing important. For example, Ben Franklin said, "Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others," and Mark Twain added to the Latin proverb "Clothes make the man" the dry observation that "Naked people have little or no influence on society." However, one of the nicknames that insiders use for the fashion industry -- sometimes affectionately, sometimes derisively -- is "the rag trade," as if all that fashion were about was mixing and matching leftover scraps to sell to the unsuspecting public. The truth lies somewhere between these extremes, but closer to the former. At its worst, fashion can seem terribly artificial and self-involved (Right Said Fred's song "I'm Too Sexy" springs to mind), but at its best, fashion can be a vital, exciting enhancement to personal appeal and self-esteem.
Fashion Education
Do any of these job possibilities intrigue you? Perhaps you're thinking of trying to start a fashion career, but you're wondering what fashion education can do for you. Haven't a lot of fashion's biggest names lifted themselves into the business by their own cleverly designed bootstraps? The truth is that for every marquee designer who has skipped higher education and made a fortune, there are dozens who've succeeded because they sharpened their skills and gained greater knowledge with a fashion education -- and dozens who haven't succeeded because they didn't do so.

Tara Draper, Director of Admissions for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, agrees that sketching is important and that you should try to learn the basics of sewing with a sewing machine: "Even a straight line is fine -- we're starting from scratch here." She also says that "bilingualism in English and any other language is helpful," though Mandarin Chinese is particularly good because so many apparel companies manufacture or source goods in China. David Schmida says that "two skills stand out:

He was given a second chance but Asim Qadri, the CEO of Bridal Waves Co, has again managed to annoy both the senior and junior Pakistani fashion designers, even allegedly creating mistrust among their participating Indian counterparts at the Bridal Waves International Trade Fair that took place on November 21-23 in Karachi.But Qadri is no cowering dandy. No lying flat, as his detractors continue to belittle him, for this Lahore Chamber of Commerce alum who specializes in micro entrepreneurship development. “No one gave me a chance and no one will ever give me a chance. Bridal Waves is my passion where I had to dig deep. It is a home-grown platform to showcase Pakistani designers to the international fashion arena. I’ll continue with Bridal Waves as long as I meet my costs and am able to build it up as a brand.
Nadya Mistry’s collection which other reviewers saw as experimental and with potential was one of the few collections from the Pakistani contingent of designers that had the ingredients of what is required to present at a what is hoped to be an international show. Mistry’s collection had her ‘signature’: a melange of bright colours which have evolved and transmuted into even more rare and eclectic variations; ‘growth’ with the addition of fused neon brights; fake lavender and orange fur used for dainty shrugs and capelets, and ‘extensive research’ into myriad Asian cultures including Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Pakistani.
Lauren Conrad’s Fashion Line
You may know Lauren Conrad also known as L.C from her stint on Laguna Beach but she has become more central to the fashion world through her recent show The Hills. This show sees Lauren undergo a Teen Vogue internship and an education in fashion.
Given her experience and successful fame it makes sense that she would go on to create her own fashion line and that she did. The new clothing line is quite plain but incredibly stylish proven less is more. I love the Audrina Dress (inset). It’s flirty, fun and floaty. It’s available in colours, black, godiva and sienna and is priced at $180.
Visit Lauren Conrad online to view the collection for yourself.

Cuyahoga County Public Library joins
Educational Programming
Cuyahoga County Public Library and Fashion Week Cleveland are pleased to announce that Eco-Chick author Starre Vartan will come to Cleveland. Ms. Vartan will be at the Stongsville Branch on the morning of April 18, 2009.
The eco/green fashion trend continues to take hold of our industry. To this end Fashion Week Cleveland's wearable art show is going "green" this year. The event will feature artist creations that represent green-sustainability. The selection of author Starre Vartan was based upon this year's theme.

Make Your Fashion Passion a Career!
by Chloë Dowley
Got an eye for style? Do you pride yourself for setting the trends? Maybe it's time to get out of the fitting room and into a classroom. The field of fashion design is ripe for the next big name--and with the right education and fashion training yours could be on the hottest handbags, dresses or heels!
Is Fashion for You?
OK, you like to dress well and enjoy mixing fabrics, colors and styles in a unique way. "So what?" you might think. Don't sell yourself short. If you're passionate about the artistry and creativity that goes into designing clothing and accessories, then you should take a serious look at a career in the world of fashion. Before discarding the idea as a crazy whim, consider that Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Vera Wang were all in your shoes once upon a time--just regular people with an interest in fashion design

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Diego Students
The school’s size is approximately two hundred and seventy-two degree-seeking undergrads and one hundred and fifty first-time degree-seeking freshmen. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising: San Diego offers Associate degrees. Furthermore, it is part of an Urban setting, Very large city (over 500,000) and Commuter campus.

Fashion Institute of Technology : The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a State University of New York college of art and design located in New York City, New York, United States. It was founded in 1944. In 1951, it became one of the first SUNY community colleges empowered to grant the Associate of Applied Science degree.


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