Design Education – On its Own Course
Almost there has been three decades since the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) was set up. The fashion business itself has changed altogether starting now and into the foreseeable future. It’s directly a time of brands and m-business, and a developing fashion industry needs quality HR to give a spine. Mridula Bhasin investigates the issues and prospects of the fashion education system in India.
At some point in the late-1990s, months after Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai won two noteworthy International beauty pageants, a fashion cognizance began coming to fruition. For the uninitiated as likewise for average folks, this was figured to be the defining moment for Indian fashion. However, all the more observing and the more mindful know for sure that none of this would have been conceivable, had the rich ground not been laid an additional ten years sooner through a somewhat serene activity of the Indian government: the foundation of an apparently non descript institute called the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
The foundation stone for current Indian fashion was laid by this wander of the service of materials, a move that neither made a ripple nor caused a buzz anyplace. After thirty years, the foundation of NIFT is recognized as the perspective in all talk on the Indian design world. Putting it in an unexpected way: everything began with education, with that one course for fashion design at the NIFT grounds in New Delhi.
The world since has transformed notably. Do leave worldwide improvements aside for a minute, and see what all has experienced change in India alone. All things considered, there were numerous different advancements that had occurred in parallel. In that ten-year-gap between the setting up of NIFT and the two beauty pageants, the seeds of advancement had just been sown. Global brands trooped in a steady progression, and retail detonated. Bit by bit, form progressed toward becoming business, and the business turned out to be enormous.
Nevertheless, as one remarked, the world isn’t an indistinguishable today from it was thirty years back. The fashion scene has transmuted and much ground has moved, not simply in India but rather the world over-it is an all the more demanding and distinctly more heartless world now, and competitiveness chooses survival. For the Indian fashion industry to not simply grow past its shores but rather even to maintain there is a requirement for quality HR: from originators and karigars to administrators and strategists. Nobody addresses this rudimentary truth: that the fashion ecosystem is about its people. The question hence emerges: do we have enough individuals? Do we have enough ‘quality’ individuals? NIFT may have been ahead of its circumstances at a certain point; yet has it remained tuned in to the evolving times? Broadly, are we as strong as to the extent fashion education is concerned?