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The Money Trail

Fashion education is taking a real beating when it comes to quality

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Do you know these days fashion education is taking a real beating when it comes to quality?

Why are you saying that?

Haven’t you noticed there are fashion institutes in every nook and corner and nearly at every lamppost?

Yes, but there is a demand for fashion education that is why there are so many.

That is true but most of the institutes are opened just to make quick money.

How is that possible, fashion education is a serious business and requires years of training.

That is correct but there are several fly-by-night institutes that take students at all times, have no systems in place and want to open branches all over the country.

Oh, that is not right at all.

Then there is the question of faculty, which is not trained so the students get substandard knowledge.

I can’t believe that is happening.

The lack of faculty is also a very serious problem. Many institutes hire students who have just passed out, as teachers.

Really but these students have not been trained to teach yet.

But the institutes are not bothered it’s the money trail that they are following.

Yes, you are correct.

At times students move from one institute to another in the hope of improving their knowledge.

That must be quite confusing and costly.

It is, since some institutes offer courses for a few weeks and are situated in small cramped flats with no proper facilities.

This is very unfair.

Totally correct, but these institutes are only interested in the money trail since there are thousands of boys and girls who want to be famous like Bollywood designers.

Yes, the merging of Bollywood with fashion has been quite unfortunate. 

It gets some designers publicity but the thousands coming out of substandard fashion institutes are never going to make it big since they lack the knowledge.

It’s a catch 22 situation for the poor students, they want to become designers overnight but the institutes they go to are interested in their money and not teaching.

Haven’t you noticed there have been no exciting new designers to make it big in the country recently? It’s the pioneers and the seniors who are still making an impact.

Yes, I have noticed that.

But the institutes are selling dazzling dreams to students about fame and fortune, but with mediocre facilities.

Really is that what is told to the students?

Of course, the poor things are told they can sell a dress for a few lakhs and become rich overnight.

That is the saddest thing I have heard.

That is why I am really worried about the future of fashion in the country. Institutes are selling false dreams and the thousands of students graduating are jobless and frustrated after spending lakhs of rupees but with no returns.

Well, it seems the money trail has proved more lucrative than quality fashion education.

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Meher Castelino

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