Fashion Design Institutes in Bangladesh
Fashion designing as a Career

The Fashion Designer profession, has recently emerged as one of the most sort out careers among the youths . These youths have their own creative style of dressing and believe in setting a trend rather than following a trend set by others. A career in Fashion Design not only involves meeting glamorous people and interracting with rich and famous but also gives a impetus to the creative flair of the people who possess a sense of style. The major functional areas in the industry are designing garments, cutting the cloth, sewing the pieces together and finally merchandising. Popularising and marketing of the various styles and products is done through ramp shows and fashion write-ups.

The job of a fashion designer is a high profile one and exciting indeed. But another aspect of this profession is a lot of hard work that is needed to be able to reach the top of this line and stay there. It is certainly not as easy as it sounds.

Fashion is a term commonly used in relation to clothes, dresses, garments, textiles, etc. There is an increase in quality textiles and materials for the fashion designers to work with. Fashion is identified today with status, acceptance and it almost implies social involvement.

Bangladesh has recently come to the focus. Along with the world demand, the local market is also altering itself to rapid changes in fashion trends . Bangladesh's largest sector Garments/Textiles is recently looking for Fashion Designers and Highly skilled technical Personnel.

Designing for the future

Fashion Designer create designs for almost anything which is part of the garment of men, women, and children. Designers understanding the needs of their clients create attractive and functional garments and accessories according to the latest trends, market conditions, weather and also keeping a close watch on the fit, style, colour, texture, size and material. The process of making a dress starts with the sketching the original idea on paper. Then shaping the pattern pieces which make the garment. The pieces are then drawn in actual size on paper and cut out on a rough material. These pieces are stitched together and fitted on a model. From the rough model sample garments are made in the final fabric. Much time of the designer is spent in exploration and research. Knowledge about fabric, weave, draping qualities, material, colour and design and the changing trend is important. You could have your own label or start work as a part of a team for a designer with his / her own label.

As an Assistant Designer, you would be required to co-ordinate the activities of the tailors, master cutters and embroiderers. This also includes responsibility for the dyeing of yarn, handling of trims and buttons and cutting and sewing of the samples. Along with the work related to the clothes you would also have to do a lot of market research and work on the design ideas simultaneously.

Personnality of a Fashion Designer

To become a successful fashion designer, you should know about the latest trends and tastes in this field. This field is highly competitive and you need to be not just talented, but also very determined, ambitious and hardworking with a good business sense. Communication skills are important to be able to put across ideas and concepts clearly for the workers as well as the clients. A good hand at sketching can be helpful. In the long run, to make it on your own, you should have knowledge of colours, styles, shapes and the various types of fabrics. A well-groomed and attractive personality is also important.

Specialization in Work

The main area of work in the fashion industry are :

  1. Design Department : Manufacturing units work on a large scale. They employ designers, cutting assistants, sketching assistants, junior designers. Cutting assistants have to cut samples as per specifications of the designer. This is followed by draping and garment construction. Sketching assistants make the technical sketches of the garment which are passed on to cutting assistants. From the making of specification drawings decide how a garment has to be fabricated to the selection of fabrics is often the duty of the sketching assistant. Junior designers generally do the first pattern cutting. They assemble the first samples with fabrics they have selected from the market.
  1. Marketing and Merchandising : Fashion trends are constantly changing, the people in the merchandising and marketing have a good knowledge of fashion trends, of sales data and the organisations marketing objectives. Based on this information the marketing department plans the company's overall direction. It determines the price, product requirement, and hence they often work with the styling department when a new product id concieved.

  2. Manufacturing department : The production manager is at the head of the manufacturing unit. He is responsible for scheduling work goals, training of workers, managing all activities in order to maintain quality in production. The Production manager oversees the work of pattern cutting - from pattern grading, spreading and marking to cutting, assembling and finishing. With the production manager are the production assistants who supervise the work at each stage.

  3. Fashion coordinators : They coordinate with the buyer and the production manager. The fashion coordinator makes sure production schedules are kept, meets buyers goes through specification for fabrics, colours, designs, and keeps an eye on the quality.When buyers give their own designs, the coordinator helps decide the fabric coloursand accessories that should be used to suit the designs. They explain the design to the production pattern makers and get sample pieces made. The sample is draped on a dummy to see if some changes in details or style are required. Once the sample is finalised, its pieces are measured precisely. It is the coordinator who suggests how the cloth should be cut so as to minimise wastage. The garment is then finally presented for sale.

Career Prospects

There are opportunities for work with the various sectors dealing with fashion. The opportunities for job exist in the following sectors :

  1. Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports.
  2. Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men's/women's/children clothing in sportswear /casual wear, etc.
  3. Haute Couture
  4. Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
  5. Fashion show organisers/Fashion publishers
  6. TV/Film fashion programme producers/comperes/costume designers, etc.
  7. Choreographer for fashion shows or become a fashion writer with one of the fashion publications.

Fashion Design Institutes in Bangladesh

To be a full pledged professional designer you have to knock the door of some of the Fashion Design Institutes of the country. A good institute will ensure that along with the requisite theoretical inputs, you also get adequate practical exposure to the entire gamut of processes right from formation of textiles and fabric to the most elaborate design elements.
Recently several Institutes have started giving training of several kinds, like Merchandising , Knitware Design & Technology, Apparel Manufacturing, Marketing and Merchandizing.
These Institutes are using world standard curriculum and lethodology to build up sharp designers in the demanding Garments & Textile Sector home and abroad.
Persons already working in the Garments/Textile Sector/Buying House/RMG Factories , can attend these courses to develop their career. Freshers also, to become an expert in the Sector can attend these courses.


National Institute of Fashion Design

NIFD, the premier fashion & textile design training institute renowned in India, has also started its activities in Dhaka in January 2002. The NIFD center in Dhaka will cater the students in an exciting environment of learning from an expert faculty in scientifically designed labs and studios with a course that is not just restricted to books, syllabus and exams but also includes field trips, variety of fashion show programs, exhibitions, and industry interaction. NIFD is promoting its commitment to fashion that has been widely acknowledged by professionals, business and media alike.

NIFD (National Institute Of Fashion Design) is a trend setting institute known as "The Cradle of Designers" among the glamour world. It is for those who dream of joining the fascinating fashionable world, and for those who wish to become fashionable themselves. One will learn the basics of fashion and train to develop his/her own spirit of a designer, with a view of the world and the designer collection. Fashion design course prepares you for careers in merchandising fashion, coordination, client servicing, marketing and many more fields. NIFD promises to make its students real professionals having an integrated personality. Besides, you will learn how to make yourself known and to make a living. At NIFD, you will learn not just the art of design, but also the art of being a professional.

The programs being offered by NIFD are outlined below:

  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Textile Design
  • Apparel Manufacturing, Marketing and Merchandizing
  • Knitwear Design and Technology
  • Pattern Making & Drafting/Construction

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The ready-made garments (RMG) sector in Bangladesh is an important sector of the nation's economy that gives employment to about 1.5 million workers and earns about 76% of total foreign exchange. Considering the vital contribution of the garment industry, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) has set up the BGMEA Institute of Fashion & Technology (BIFT).The aim is to offer continuous training for existing employees and to prepare dynamic young people prepared to address the challenges of 2004 and beyond with professionalism and creativity.

The main objective of BIFT is to help the students understand the intricacies and the relationships of fashion design and clothing technology within the garment sector. Through professional programs of education, research, service training and the provision of technical assistance to manufacturers, designers and exporters of fashion products this objective is met. BIFT is a forward looking. dynamic center of academic excellence that provides extensive education to meet the challenges of the 21 st century. The provision of improved social conditions, the increase in design and product development and a global perspective will enable the industry to survive and grow in preparation for the changes of 2004.

BIFT has been offering 4 years Undergraduate courses , also several Certificate courses of 6 months duration. The certificates courses are suitable for Garments/Buying House professionals who want to enhance their career. Undergraduate course is suitable for Freshers who have an aim to target the Apparel Industry.

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105 C/A SR Tower
Uttara, Dhaka-1230
Ph:8919986, Fax:880-2-8919987

National Institute Of Fashion Technology(NIFT)

The readymade garments (RMG) sector in Bangladesh is an important sector of the nation's economy that gives employment to about 1.5 million workers and earns about 86% of total foreign exchange.
Considering the vital contribution of the garment industry.There are about 4500 garments & 1000 Buying house in Bangladesh.Bangladeshi garments needs thousands of technically competent human resources like apparel Manufacturing expert, Fashion Designer, Merchandiser , Production Manager, Quality controller etc. RMG search qualified person & we are ready to provide qualified person..

NIFT trainers are successful in their professional life and many of the holding important position in the RMG sector; many are pursuing their career abroad. To provide good quality Fashion education. To develop the student ability to apply multi-disciplinary concepts, tools and techniques to solve organizational problems. To provide a sound foundation in design and fashion with a strong industry orientation and the students are trained with the latest trend information of color fabric and styles to the global market and competition. Students get to train on machines and the methodology of today's advanced technology such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) Participation in seminars and conferences related to the industry to upgrade the student's knowledge.

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Road # 28, House # 369
New DOHS Mohakhali
Dhaka- 1206, Bangladesh
Phone : +880-2-8831304 Fax : +880-2-8831305






The termination of agreement of Textile and Clothing and the onset of the quota free regime have opened tremendous opportunities for the Bangladesh garment and Textile industry. Bangladesh government has already announced the apparel and textile industry as the thrust sector .It has been providing sops to support the growth of the sector through progressive policies .All this can only be achieved with aptly trained manpower with specialized skill sets in merchandising, marketing and fashion design, amongst others. Unless industry imparts local value addition, moving up the global supply chain will be difficult.

So keeping the demand of Bangladesh garment industry in mind The birth of PEARL FASHION INSTITUTE (PFI ) in Bangladesh in 2006 heralded a new era in the arena of professional education to train managerial manpower for the upcoming garment industry. As part of its commitment to the economy and welfare of Bangladesh and belief in the potential and future of the apparel export industry of this country, its our endeavor and belief that our trained students will over a period be able to replace the high caliber expatriates from different countries.


 PFI is also the only garment related institution in Dhaka which is validated by the world famous Nottingham Trent University of UK and offers credit transfers for higher studies in the RMG sector. The courses offered by PFI are as follows:


NTU Validated Foundation Programmes:

Under Graduate Programme


Programme                                                        Duration                 Eligibility                                 No. of Seats


1. Foundation Degree in Fashion                    2 Years                   HSC or Equivalent                             25

   Design and Clothing Technology               (4 Semesters)        (minimum 50% Marks)           


2. Foundation Degree in Fashion                    2 Years                   HSC or Equivalent                             25

   Merchandising and Production                   (4 Semesters)        (minimum 50% Marks)      



Pearl Diploma Programmes 

Post  Graduate Programmes


Programme                                                    Duration                      Eligibility                                No. of Seats


1. Diploma in Fashion                                     1 Year                   Graduate in any Stream                     25

   Marketing and Merchandising              (2 Semesters)                 


2. Diploma in Knitwear                                    1 Year                   Graduate in any Stream                    25

  Merchandising and Technology        (2 Semesters)


3.Diploma in Apparel                                      1 Year            Graduate in any Stream                  25

   Merchandising and Clothing                (2 Semesters)


With the fashion industry expanding rapidly as well as becoming organized and intensely competitive, organizations have specific goals and objectives in the areas of Product Development, Production & Merchandising. The process of sourcing, manufacturing, value addition and distributing garments is a highly specialized one. It requires deep and intensive knowledge of all aspects of fashion designing, marketing, merchandising, quality and production processes, as well as extensive managerial skills.


Pearl Fashion Institute is committed to deliver internationally benchmarked education to the youth of Bangladesh and live up to its motto "Career Assured, Future Ensured".

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