The National Institute of Fashion Design is a place that offers to turn behenjis
into babes. And, oh yeah, some courses in fashion designing too.
Blink not rapidly, and lose not heart if you aren't one of those IITian nerds. If you've got the basic 10+2 in place, you're eligible for admission into a variety of diploma and degree courses at NIFD, all for a fee ranging from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 50,000 (the fees vary depending on the location). The institute, with its 20-plus branches across the country, will train you to design and make clothes with loads of attitude. Whether you'll be able to make a living off these skills is another question altogether. But you certainly will imbibe some of the attitude you put into your creations.
Visit an NIFD office and you are likely to find a score or more photographs of students partying hard, beating the party pages of newspapers anyday. In fact, "dance parties" are included in the curriculum in the guise of "hands-on experience". Of course, it's all part of a well-thought-out NIFD strategy - budding designers visit high society parties, market themselves to prospective customers, and convince them to buy some "designer wear". So what if what your exclusive cocktail dress looks like an old rag? Heed the adage "criticism today = Sabyasachi tomorrow".
Though the institute's reputation is far from formidable right now, NIFD insists that its students are being placed in good companies throughout the country. Students say that the teaching is good and the facilities provided, adequate. The laid-back environment, apart from being conducive to the flow of creative juices, allows students to sport the longest, chunkiest earrings you would've ever laid eyes on. And I'm not talking only about the women.
So if you've an eye for clothing or textile design, and missed a chance to board the NIFT
bus, try your luck at NIFD. Admissions will be based on an interview, and will continue until the first week of September.