"Success Comes With Hard Work and Dedication" - Padmavathi

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Basically I’m an engineering student and I am a girl from a simple, authentic family who doesn't have any idea about fashion industry, and my journey is good and still moving forward my dreams. My interest towards fashion designing and technology is very huge and it is honestly immeasurable.

2. Fashion industry is often considered women centric and stereotypes men? What's your opinion?

No, of course from my point of view fashion industry is not at all women centric...as women have interest in fashion it doesn't mean men are less. In fact many great men are there in this industry who are highly talented.

A most famous study in United States reviles that “Women’s labor, ideas and dollars prop up the United States fashion industry, but men still run it. But for much of the female- focused industry, which prides itself on being liberal and inclusive, there’s a lot of work to be done to get businesses in line with values they publicly promote.


3. How can one become a successful fashion designer according to you?

Success comes with hard work and dedication, same rule applies here and to be the best in this field we must have our own unique ideas and creativity. From my point of opinion if one needs to be successful in fashion designing industry they should keep in mind the following tips,

  • Continuous product development
  • Work on your connections
  • Address potential challenges
  • Establish a good cash flow and financing
  • Critiques help you to grow to great heights
  • Not just a designer but also an entrepreneur


4. What are some of the top colleges for studying fashion in India and the world?

As of my knowledge, the best institution for fashion studies in India is NIFT-National Institute of Fashion Technology. NIFT has since grown into 16 campuses nationwide. NIFT was statutorily empowered to award degrees and other academic distinctions since 2006.

Apart from NIFT, London College of Fashion in London, Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of design in New York and Pearl Academy in New Delhi are the top colleges for studying fashion in India and the world.


5. Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is my favorite designer because of his ethnic style and elegance, which is so good no matter what, traditional or Western wear.

He is not only a fashion designer but also a famous jewelry designer and couturier from Kolkata. Since 1999, he has sold designer merchandise using the label Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of the Associate Designer Members of Fashion Design Council of India and the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema.

He designs crafted bridal wear and rigorously structured pieces. He uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, fusion of styles, and patch-work with embellishments in a vibrant colors.

His creations evoke images of ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as "an International styling with an Indian soul". And I love his design philosophy which is “personalized imperfection of the human hand". 


6. Do you have any tips for people who want to join this field?

Prepare well for getting into a top institute and experience the exposure and always remain original with your ideas.


7. Which is your favorite book and why?

Honestly speaking I don’t generally show much interest in reading books.

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