Na­tional School of Fash­ion De­buts in Kolkata


Cel­e­brated De­signer Arnab Sen­gupta from Kolkata marked the be­gin­ning of a new chap­ter in fash­ion stud­ies in the City of Joy by es­tab­lish­ing the Na­tional School of Fash­ion. Given the dy­namic mar­ket forces, the fash­ion and de­sign in­dus­try is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially. There is an evolv­ing need for trained fash­ion and de­sign pro­fes­sion­als in Kolkata. The Na­tional School of Fash­ion, brain­child of Arnab Sen­gupta and other in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, is set to cre­ate wide­spread in­ter­est among the youth of Kolkata in fash­ion stud­ies. The in­sti­tute, lo­cated at CE 25 Sec­tor 1 Salt Lake City Kolkata, will of­fer three month/six month cour­ses on Vis­ual Mer­chan­dis­ing, Styling, Jew­ellery De­sign­ing, Tex­tile Art, Fash­ion Jour­nal­ism, Pat­tern Mak­ing, Fash­ion Il­lus­tra­tions and De­sign De­vel­op­ment, Fash­ion Pho­tog­ra­phy, Tex­tile Dye­ing and Print­ing, Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Kids Wear. It will also of­fer a one-year Di­ploma and two-year Ad­vance Di­ploma Cour­ses on: Fash­ion De­sign, Tex­tile De­sign, Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Fash­ion and Me­dia Sci­ence and Cos­tume De­sign­ing for Films and The­atres.

“NSF arises out of the dearth of proper fash­ion struc­ture in Kolkata. Be­ing in this pro­fes­sion when I started I had to face a lot of strug­gle. The city still needs to learn the gram­mar of fash­ion. Lack of trained pro­fes­sion­als who are self taught in fash­ion re­quires a few fin­ish­ing el­e­ments to be grasped. For pro­fes­sion­als, short-term cour­ses and for the prospec­tive stu­dents, longer du­ra­tions are on of­fer at NSF. NSF in the near fu­ture would con­tinue with B.Tech in Fash­ion that would im­mensely ben­e­fit the stu­dents to mon­i­tor their aim and di­rec­tion in life,” said an ex­hil­a­rated Arnab Sen­gupta look­ing for­ward to his new ven­ture.

The first ses­sion will start from the mid­dle of June and the fee for the three-month Cer­tifi­cate Course is Rs 30,000; for the six month Cer­tifi­cate Course, it is Rs 55,000; for the one-year course, it is Rs 95,000 and for the two -year course, it is Rs.1,80, 000. While talk­ing about in­tro­duc­ing such spe­cialised cour­ses on vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing, Arnab adds, “In In­dia there is hardly any in­sti­tute that of­fers such off-beat course. We are for­mu­lat­ing a tar­geted cur­ricu­lum for the people who as­pire to be­come trained vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ers which will in­clude both 3 and 6 month cer­tifi­cate course. We would be call­ing pro­fes­sors from NIFD, NIFT and dif­fer­ent other fash­ion in­sti­tutes and in­dus­try trained pro­fes­sion­als like vet­eran fash­ion de­signer Shar­bari Datta, De­signer Ch­huti Ad­hikary, Swarup Dutta so that they can guide the di­verse course mod­ules and con­duct work­shops as rel­e­vant to the in­dus­try stan­dard. I feel one should know the gram­mar of fash­ion and only then can repli­cate the same in their de­sign.”

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