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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Archana Saluja
ProfessionFashion Designing
DesignationSenior Fashion Designer
Organisation – Fabino Designs Private Limited, Kolkata
Age – 43
City – Kolkata
Work Experience (Years) – 10 years.
Under-Graduation – BA, University of Orissa.

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I am a Senior Fashion Designer. I have been working as a full-time fashion designer for the past 10 years.  Two years ago I started doing freelance work and have been working on it ever since. I am into Western and Indo-Western clothes. I also customize garments for my clients.
Since I am doing freelance work now, I am able to invest some time into my own business. I design party-wear garments, cocktail gowns, chick-wear and stylish lehengas. My apparels are based on hand-embroidery.
Since I have been working for the past 10 years, I have a good team of tailors and hand-embroidery workers. In the future, I am hoping to open my own brand. I am really ambitious in relation to my work.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Fashion Designer.

On a normal workday, I have to deal with my clients and talk to them about my designs know all the minute details for the designs to be produced just the way they’d like it to be. According to the range that my clients give me, my clothes have to be designed within that range itself. Once the range is given to me and once I am specified as to how to go about designing the fabric, I start sketching it on paper. I figure out the color combination of the fabric. Having to figure out the Colour-combination is one of the most integral parts of designing. I then tell my Khaka Master ( tailor) to make Khaka for that particular design. After Khaka the next process involved is embroidery and dying of the garments. You have to explain it to your tailor as to how to proceed further with the design. This, in short, are some of my regular responsibilities.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
As a Fashion Designer, how often are you required to work in night-shift?
Never
Does your work as Fashion Designer require you to travel?
Often
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Often
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Insecure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Maybe

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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Well, I had not pursued any course or got any particular diploma for fashion designer from an esteemed institution. However, ever since I was a teenager I’ve had a knack for fashion designing. According to my point of view, to become a fashion designer, one does not necessarily have to pursue a course from any institute. This is like art, it should come naturally from within oneself. It is the art of expressing your creativity. Hence, one needs to have a good taste in regard to fabric and color combination. However, going to fashion designing institutes also has its own perks. One gets updated about the latest trends in designing and how to be able to deal with competition in the work environment. Some of the prestigious fashion designing institutes are NIFT and Pearl Institute of Fashion Designing.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Easy Going
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Very Competitive
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
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Importance of Education in the Profession of Fashion Designer

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success of this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be a successful Fashion Designer?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful Fashion Designer?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Expensive
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

NIFT and Pearl Institute.

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

3 to 4 lakhs per annum.

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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful Fashion Designer?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organized and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organized
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

If one aspires to become a fashion designer, he or she should be extremely passionate about his work. The individual should be really creative or innovative. He or she should always come up with new ideas and keep up with the ever-changing trends in this industry. Perseverance and hard work are essential traits one needs to have before venturing into this area.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Fashion Designer?

Some of the positives which would encourage someone to consider this job would be a creative and interesting work environment, having to be able to put up multiple exhibitions, showcasing their designs in different parts of the world, traveling to new regions and exploring the design forms there, meeting new people on a daily basis. Fashion Industry is a booming industry, there are a plethora of jobs available, both part-time and full- time jobs. One can get many jobs in wholesale garments industry and it also has a really good pay-scale.
After getting a few years of experience, one can start or open his or her own boutique or brand. If you have a good friend circle, relatives or a good number of clients, you can achieve great success in this field. One can go a long way in this area if he or she has a creative and optimistic mindset.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Fashion Designer?

The time factor is the most integral part of this job. The biggest challenge arrives when you have to complete designing a garment within a span of time to meet the needs of the customer and keep him or her satisfied. The fitting of the garment that has been produced has to be perfect, the garment has to be completed within the budget that the customer will provide. The finishing of the garment has to be really good. Hence, the tailor has to take good care of it and see to it that he doesn’t make any minor or major mistake on the completion of the target given.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Medium to Large Business (Annual Family Income upwards of 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I would have been a theatre artist as I was extremely passionate about it since my childhood days but to be a fashion designer was my biggest dream this I chose this line.


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