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Is Fashion Education Abroad Worth the Hype?

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

Although there are infinite numbers of fashion aspirants and students who are filled with dreamy eyes for fashion, not everyone may get that quality education in it. Today, fashion education is, more or less, available everywhere, but options for the quality of fashion education are still limited.

The fashion capital of the globe, Milan stands to be the natural choice for those who want to pursue the profession. Having said that, there are exceptional study options in other parts of the world too, including your home country, India. Many courses provide internationally accredited certificates and knowledge too. And, there is no lack of options for you in fashion today in the country itself. Of course, the quality of that education varies.

At the end of the day, many people do incline towards international education in fashion for obvious reasons. But, the question is, is it worth it? To put it simply, everything has its pros and cons, and the outcome you desire also depends on many different factors. However, if you are considering fashion education abroad or are simply harbouring a thought about it, here are some things that could help you make your decision.

Why Fashion Education Abroad?

A part of your decision-making process also includes understanding why exactly students want to go for this option. What is it about fashion education abroad that attracts many fashion students? Let’s dig deeper and understand the ‘whys’ here.

1. More exposure

Today, western fashion is everywhere and is a common part of our daily lives too. This is nothing but the result of globalization and westernization. Surely, our country is a cultural hotbed and is marked by its very own distinctive fashion culture too. But, the trend of global fashion entered India through the western countries, where it is prevalent in a more authentic and rawer way. And, as a fashion professional, you certainly need to be fluent in the fashion of all cultures and countries.

Today, India has no shortage of excellent options to study in and grow in global fashion. However, there are bound to be better learnings in fashion advanced countries like the US and UK. With exposure to many different cultures, diversity in fashion, knowledge, and people, you get a chance to step outside of your comfort zone. There is first-hand studying of global fashion and a chance to deep-dive into location-specific trends and fashion too.

2. Gives you more opportunities

This goes hand-in-hand with the above point. When you study fashion abroad, you get enough exposure and hence, more opportunities too. Opportunities to grow, work, learn and expand your horizons. With some of the top global brands, designers, top fashion shows/weeks, and labels calling the countries abroad as their place of origin, you can also find yourself an opportunity to work or engage with them all. Clearly, there is no roof to what and how you can explore your career in fashion there.

3. Gives you an upper hand if/when you choose to return to India

When you learn in a country that is more adept in fashion than any other country, you certainly gain an upper hand. The level of knowledge, opportunities, and exposure that you receive can fuel you with increased confidence and hang of the subject. So, when you choose to come back and resume your studies or career here, you are equipped with a better experience and hence, better scope of growth.

When Should You Choose This Path?

If you’re reading this, we’re presuming you’re doing so for two reasons.

- You are a decision away from a fashion education abroad

- You are exploring your options in a fashion career

No matter which category you belong to, you probably need some clarity on your final decision or just a simple guide to your next step. One way or another, here is something that will help you decide if you should pursue an education in fashion abroad or not. Here you go!

1. You’re ready to take it to the next level

If you’re someone who has already studied fashion in India and are now looking for an upgrade, this may be a great option for you. This also means that you are certain of your commitment to fashion. And, you are ready to invest time, effort, energy, and of course, money in international fashion education. Secondly, if you’re in the stage when you have already discovered your passion, interest, and aptitude in fashion and now you find yourself committed to the career, then it may be time to take all of that to the next level.

2. You want to do something that doesn’t have a valid or full-fledged course in the country

Fashion is a vast field with many different career options and possible professions. Though today, India has advanced itself in this aspect and fashion is not just restricted to designing anymore. It may still not be as flourished as other countries, particularly, in some areas of fashion. So, if you’re someone who wants to pursue a non-traditional course in fashion like fashion journalism or styling, you could explore international options. Having said that, India does have a lot of excellent options to choose from too. International education in an uncommon fashion career especially will give you more leverage, exposure, insights, and opportunities than in the country.

3. You have the resources and qualify for education abroad

Lastly, and the most important thing to consider if your thoughts are in fashion abroad. Make sure you are equipped with the necessary resources needed for the same. Of course, you got to ensure that all your documents are in place but also whether you qualify for an education in fashion on international waters. Do your research and find out what you would need to qualify for it – a certificate in relevant studies, graduation certificates, a well-curated portfolio, etc. Once you have your list of things needed, you can begin preparing for the same.

Secondly, make sure you are financially ready for a step like that and it seems like a feasible move. This is also equivalent to the level of your commitment. The more you are certain and committed to this investment, the worthier it will be. And, it is a big investment monetarily too, so you got to be sure of it in every sense. Nonetheless, fashion education abroad is not the only option for you. India does have many choices that are worth it as well. At the end of the day, it all revolves around your own passion, willingness, and commitment.

Closing Words – Worth It or Not?

So, to end this guide, fashion education abroad IS worth the hype. To summarize the above, here is a glance to help you decide if it will be worth it for you or not. Fashion education abroad is worth the hype and will be worth it for you too if:

- You have discovered your passion, interest, and aptitude in fashion.

- You have explored your options and decided on your exact field of interest in fashion.

- You have studied fashion in some capacity in India. Whether it is a small course, a diploma, or even a full-time degree.

- You are now ready to take your existing education to another level.

- You are now ready to upskill your existing career in fashion.

- You are committed to pursuing fashion in its full capacity.

- You are equipped with the necessary documents, qualification certifications, and a portfolio.

- You are financially ready to invest in it.

To sum it up, yes. It is worth it and so is fashion education in India itself, when pursued from a reputable academy. Nevertheless, if doubts still float your head or you are in the process of making that decision now or in the future. Then, you can always take a dip into the industry by pursuing short workshops and courses to understand, identify and get more clarity on your next step.

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