How Road To Runway brought my dream to life!

When Road to Runway, a competition organised by WLCI was announced, I felt every emotion – ranging from anxiety to excitement. It was a platform that gave us a chance to show our talent and bring out the best in ourselves! The RTR competition demanded us to create a trend board in order to articulate the trend perspective and ideas while including certain elements that were provided to us as pre-requisite instructions. I was quite impressed with the idea of creating something new and innovative. I researched a lot on the topic and came up with the best that I could.

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I was extremely glad when my idea was appreciated by the mentors at WLC College India and the Director himself. And when the results were announced, my happiness knew no bounds as I was going to Mumbai to attend the biggest fashion event in the country, Lakme Fashion Week!

Lakme Fashion Week is every aspiring fashion designer’s paradise. From getting inspired by the works of renowned fashion designers to interacting with peer group, the event had everything that can make you dream big. I was fortunate enough to witness, first hand, the hard work, organization and meticulous planning that these celebrity designers put into their work. This was indeed inspiring. Witnessing Lakme Fashion Week was an opportunity to come face-to-face with some renowned designers; an opportunity inspiring and encouraging to a great extent.

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The theme of the attire for all the participants was predefined and it was in tones of Khadi and Checks. I was in a real dilemma what to wear, but, after juggling for some time, I decided to go for the traditional Khadi silk coat with Aari work. After all, I was to represent my State as well. It has always been my priority to be able to reflect my ethnic background and cultural peculiarities in my apparel. 

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The two shows that I attended were by Divya Seth and Payal Singhal. I can never forget to mention how keenly I was looking at their creations. In a nutshell, I was honored to see all that, first hand.

All the experience and opportunities wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t come to WLCI. The college has not only educated me in the fashion field, but has also provided me with great opportunities and helped me grow. I’m extremely grateful to all the faculty members of WLC College India and the team for their relentless efforts in creating our careers.

I have already planned and vowed to make my dream a reality now and with WLCI, the path is really easy. I’ll work hard to one day showcase my work at the Lakme Fashion Week!

Iqra Ahmed

How short term courses provide long term benefits?

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“Change is the only constant in life.” – Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. The quote has been valid in all spheres of life and especially in the professional world. Most of the times, the degree field of the job role is not in alignment with the degree pursued. Training is provided by the organization but to stand out, the training is not enough. Short term courses come to the rescue at this point of time. One can take these courses at any age and they provide information concentrated around one topic. The precise information sets the individual apart and gives him/her an edge over the others.

Here’s why you should go for a short-term course:

  • Depth of the topic – In full time degree courses, you have the whole syllabus to cover and the syllabus usually has plethora of topics. There is no time left to gain the knowledge in depth of one particular topic. In short term courses, the focus is on a single topic. For example, if you are pursuing a short term graphic design course, all the software and tactics of the field can be learnt in short period of time.
  • Less investment – Long term courses demand huge investment both in terms of money and time. Three to four years are required to complete the course and the fees is usually high, while short term courses provide more benefits with less capital investment in a short period of time.
  • Supports Hobbies – After entering the professional world, a lot of professionals have the urge to develop professional skill-set in their hobbies. Short term courses support the concept of ‘better late than never’. You can evolve in the field that is close to your heart at any point of time with a short term course in that particular field. For example, an engineering professional can take up a short term fashion designing course and step into the fashion industry.
  • Networking – Short term courses encourages networking for professionals who have similar interests. For further opportunities and for knowledge transfer, these connections can be used. It is generally interesting to converse with people who share same level of passion for same topic or interest.
  • Enhances creativity – If a person is in a creative field wants to enter it, a short term course can be a booster. New and fresh ideas hold an undeniable importance in creative fields and opinion of people with similar interest can add to ideas. With a short term course, the person also updates himself or herself with latest tools and technologies.

WLCI is an institution that provides short term courses in the field of fashion, media, business and graphic designing. Lean, stay young and discover the endless possibilities with one of the best institutions of India.

3 ‘mantras’ for handling work and studies together efficiently

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Whether you are a college student trying to manage your tuition fee or an employee seeking a career change, managing work and studies can become a tedious task. As a matter of fact, a lot of people back out because of the dedication required by the combination. But, thousands of students and professionals have also proved it to be a simple task.

While pursuing short term courses such as a short term course in graphic designing or short term business management courses, the balance of work and studies can play a major role in deciding the success of the course.

The most important ingredient in this recipe is discipline. However, apart from discipline a lot of other factors also contribute. Here, we bring you three mantras that will take you through the journey of this combination smoothly.

1)    Time management and setting priorities – At least once in a lifetime, a phase comes when you have to prioritize your life. Adopting a combination of work and study is one of those phases. 24 hours is not enough to complete every activity you want to and hence, priorities have to be there with precise time management. The first step could be completing the office work before time and leaving for home as early as possible so that you can devote the time to studies. Second step could be cutting down on Friday outings and dedicating the same time to learning something that helps with the work or with studies. The priority may vary with the individual and course but what’s important is that you stick to it once decided.

2)    To stay on top, plan smartly – Once you are acquainted with the work schedule and chapter targets, start setting small goals weekly, and then monthly. These goals will give you inspiration and the time management will improve because of the motivation that comes after completion of goals. Even though achieving the goals is a necessity, you should remember that you have to be fresh for work every day and that’s where smart planning will come to your rescue.

3)    Once in a while, don’t forget to take a break – While preparing a schedule for the combination of work and studies, don’t forget to include small breaks for refreshment. While fighting with busy lives, most of times you will feel tired and will wish to quit, give yourself some time to relax at this point. Keep aside a small amount of time, such as half an hour for relaxation each day. You will notice that the mind works better and the efficiency of body is higher after the break.

To sum up, it is evident that it’s not easy to manage both work and studies with efficiency but it is not impossible too. Once you have decided that you want to take up both at the same time, there will be a whole new meaning of time and management. A good schedule, proper time management and love for what you do are enough to make it work!

7 tips to ace the entrance examinations

‘All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy’, similarly, all inputs and studies without any strategy can let your hard work go to waste. Apart from proper focus and clarity of thought, metal and physical fitness is also important to ace any entrance exam. For entrance examinations such as AICET that provides admission into graphic design courses, fashion designing courses, business management courses and journalism and mass communication courses, the preparation is not as easy as it seems.

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Now that AICET is approaching and catering to the fact that it is one of the toughest examinations in India, we bring you some tips that will take you through. Follow these and give yourself the best chance.

1)    Organizing the study space – The study space should be such that keeps all the distractions away. Phone, sleep and computer games shall have no scope of coming in your way.

2)    Take a proper diet – The habit of not eating while studying is quite prevalent amongst students in the current scenario. But the truth is, not only eating but eating the correct things and in correct amount and on right time is the key to maintaining the balance for success. By correct diet, we mean include right amount of proteins, carbs and fats in the diet. Eat lots of vegetables and salad. Never skip your breakfast!

3)    Keep time for revision – Set a date, mark it on your calendar, phone or stick a note to your table. Plan your mind and schedule in such a way that there is enough time left for revision. It is better to have learnt less and remember all of it than to study everything and remember half of it.

4)    Schedule your subjects smartly – Whenever you start schedule of the day, start with the most difficult subject. The mind is fresh and the concentration is at par in the beginning. Do not align one difficult subject after another as it will drain out all the energy at once. Keep the simpler subjects for lazy hours. Always remember, smart work is the key to success.

5)    Prefer short study sessions over long strenuous sessions – The mind has the ability to perform better and efficiently when it is stressed for less amount of time. A study has also confirmed that the brain absorbs information automatically without any efforts while it is on a break. Preferably, while studying specific information such as dates and time, study not more than 20 to 30 minutes.

6)    Neat handwriting and presentation – However, this point is invalid for OMR based examinations but with them too, the habit helps in saving the space for calculations. With subjective examinations, presentation can impress the invigilator and lead to less deduction of marks.

7)    Stay hydrated – A lot of studies have confirmed that dehydration leads to inefficient mind. Keep a water bottle handy, it is one of the most important steps to score well!

If you keep a hold on right strategy and focus while including the above habits in your learning schedule throughout the preparation, success is bound to be with you. Keep on working hard and have confidence!

We wish you all the best for exams!

Entrance Test (AICET) 2016 – Fashion Design, Media and Graphic Design

The WLCI Creative School All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET), applications are invited for the following programs for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

Important Dates

  • Date of Written Test: 26th June 2016

How to Apply

The WLCI Creative School offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students. These programs are designed to build a wide range of competencies, which enable students to join the creative field of their choice and develop into a well-rounded professional

WLCI Creative School aims to develop professional expertise and aesthetic aptitude in students to become successful professionals in their respective creative fields Application invited for the following course.

  • Fashion Technology
  • Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Media & Mass Communication

Examination Cities

The entrance test – AICET for all UG and PG Programs of WLCI will be conducted on 8th May 2016 in 31 cities at:

Ahmedabad; Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore,Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Kathmandu (Nepal),Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Surat, Vadodara, Vishakhapatnam, Shillong,Srinagar (J&K), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Colombo (Sri lanka) and Dubai (UAE)

For more details, please visit http://admissions.wlci.in

Advantages Of Fashion Technology

Technology is making things advanced and is making the world smaller. The world has become techno-savvy and it is not a breaking news. Technology is taking hold of every industry and every industry is taking advantage of technology for its betterment then why should fashion industry be left behind? With the help of technology;

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- Better fabric would be developed which will improve the quality and increase the trust of the customers and the end-users as well.

- Technology today helps to connect to the furthest corner of the world which not only helps to market the services which can be offered but also helps to organize activities such as fashion shows, launch events, charity shows and the list goes on.

- Printing & designing are two important aspects which are now to a large extent taken care of by fashion technology.

- Merchandising of various textiles too is handled below the umbrella of fashion technology.

- Future needs are also to be analyzed to understand the changes in the customer taste and requirements which is done by conducting market researches and this also helps to understand the changing trends in the fashion industry.

WLCI plays an important role at the first step by making students aware of the use of technology in the fashion industry. Following this is the hands on training which is important for the trainees to know in order to implement their learning. WLCI also understand that fashion is not only about the clothes hence required knowledge is provided related to garments, accessories, footwear as a perfect combination of all of these brings out a perfect outcome which is welcomed with open hands. If you have a mind with technical bent and have the basic fashion sense then fashion technology is the apt choice of career and WLCI College is the right place for you.

Money Matters

While we have been conditioned to believe that professional success is proportionate to he number of degrees we receive, it is not so any more. Traditional qualifications alone are not enough to make one rich. Lucrative careers have taken on a whole new meaning with a bunch of creative career options.

A favourite for long, the advertising industry today encompasses mobile and digital advertising with media like television and print. A passion for making catchy jingles along with the willingness to come up with something unique is crucial. You must also be creative and have strong people skills.

Engaging one’s imaginative sensibilities, a career in graphic designing entails using words, images, types and symbols to create captivating graphics. Granted that it is a powerful form of visual communication, graphic designers are much in demand. Courses in graphic design help to hone one’s skills in this.

Another course of study with which you cannot go wrong when it comes to lucrative careers has to be fashion designing. Outright glamorous and exciting, your salary will always show an upward moving trend if you become a reputed fashion designer.

As another very interesting line of work, media is making all the right noises be it in the form of newspapers, online sites, electronic media or even blogging. If you can make it to an international agency, the sky would be the limit as far as earning is concerned.

One of the best colleges around to pursue these creative courses is WLCI College. Admission is based on an All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET). For your ticket to lucrative careers, check http://admissions.wlci.in

Common Entrance Exam for Creative Courses

Students are high on professional courses today since it makes them job ready. To get started on it, a trend has been students taking combined entrance exams that test their credentials in domain knowledge, IQ and general knowledge. While a common entrance exam serves these criteria fine, it fails to evaluate one’s creative aptitude. This is a serious deterrent when it comes to choosing creative careers. No entrance test can map how innovative one is.

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While standardized tests do a good job of evaluating one’s quantitative ability and language skills along with general awareness, it can hardly serve as a pointer for a student or an applicant’s innovative ability. And without it is difficult to find out how apt a candidate would be for a creative course.

So, when I got to meet the chairman of Wigan & Leigh College, Vinay Pasricha, we had a discussion on the status of entrance exams in India. Like me, he too felt that the system needs to change. We need to encourage innovativeness in students so that we can instil leadership qualities in them for a better tomorrow. He told me about the combined entrance test in place at WLCI.

The All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET) for the academic year 2016, to be held on May 8, will test a student’s mathematical, language skills and also general knowledge. An added feature is a special test, to be held under the supervision of leading industry professionals, to evaluate a student’s creative abilities. Following this, students will be interviewed by these professionals to help them choose the right career path.

Registration is on till February 29. For details about AICET and WLCI, go to http://admissions.wlci.in/

Fashion Designing Dreams

One of the latest and very popular trends among Gen Y today is designing their own clothes and accessories to make them stand out from the rest. A few go an extra mile by opting for a fashion design course to make a professional foray in this arena. Nothing sells like fashion these days. This could be the best career option for you indeed if you are imaginative, stylish and have a penchant for looking good.

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With fashion no longer confined to any boundary, it means that if you really make it big then you would be recognized across the world. While good taste and sense of colours are prerequisites for any newbie, knowledge of technical aspects is also must for a successful career in fashion designing. A fashion design course dwells on the elements of design, pattern making, matching colours, draping techniques, constructing garments and illustration. You also learn to use the latest software technology to save on time and effort.

Competition is stiff and it is a tough place to survive but opportunities abound for talented and hard working people. Unlike other courses post which you need to take up a job, the best part of a fashion design course is that you can be self employed. With banks and private financial institutions keen on financing new ventures, with some investment you could start your own line of clothes or accessories.

But yes, for a successful stint in this field you need to have a formal degree from an accredited place. WLCI School of Fashion offers the latest courses in sync with the industry. To know more, check out http://www.wlcifashion.in/

The Importance of Silhouette in Fashion Designing

Casting around for a perfect silhouette is a life-long process; a fashion designer strives hard and employs all his/her creative acumen to come up with a spectacular Silhouette. A silhouette is the mainstay of fashion design and determines the success or failure of an outfit.

A silhouette refers to the image of a scene, object, animal or person shown as a solid shape of a single color which is generally black and its edges resembles the outline of the subject. Simply put, silhouette represents what exactly a thing looks like.

Silhouette shows up what shape and form a garment will take and is fundamental consideration in construction and design processes. It is fundamental to the initial stages of the design process and helps understand which part of the body will be fore grounded and why. Once the silhouette is successfully put up, designers and pattern cutters start thinking the ways to physically construct the design. Fashion designers put to use gobs of materials and techniques to shape a silhouette.

Seeing a silhouette one can conjure up a mental picture of what they will look like wearing the outfit – what shape the costume will give to the body and which part of the body will be played up. A captivating silhouette points out to the fact that a fashion designer is apparently clear about what he is going to design.

Historians of costumes frequently compared silhouettes of different times to validate factors that influenced fashion. A desirable silhouette can be acted upon by many factors. Silhouette can be classified into different types including:

Empire – In the early 1800s, this silhouette started gaining ground -the cut features a waistline just below the bust and a skirt that flows down all the way down.

Mermaid — This silhouette follows the figure down to the knee before flaring out dramatically. It is suitable for those having petite figures, no tummy bulge, and less junk in the trunk.