A visual imagination, a sensibility for color, fabric and style; the ability to work under pressure and to be part of a team.
FOR THOSE IN PRODUCTION
Some manual dexterity, an interest in the technology of fashion; organizing ability; a creative approach to problem solving an eye for detail and the ability to delegate and deal with people.
A good business sense; a feel for current fashion trends, the ability to get on with people and an overall interest in the sociology of fashion.
This is an area that requires specialized skills that can only be acquired through professional training. However the garment industry in India is still very young, and though these skills are imparted at various institutions around the country, training programmes are not yet standardized.
Many, however, learn on the job.
There are some good institutions that offer training in production technology, where teaching is geared towards high volume manufacture and students are provided with an overview of domestic and international markets and fashion trends.
A high school degree (10+2) or graduation. Candidates are also usually required to take an entrance test to gauge their ability and aptitude for fashion.
Varies with the situation. Broadly, curricula cover the development of a garment from the source
of inspiration to the sale and marketing of the finished product. Technical aspects like fashion art, pattern making, garment construction and draping are taught and practiced.