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Priyadarshini Rao

PNR Clothing

24 years of industry experience

An extremely accomplished fashion designer and entrepreneur who has been managing and designing for her own luxury Prêt-à-Porter brand label.
An alumnus of the London School of Fashion, Priyadarshini has been the Head of Design at a popular brand in the past.

KEY SKILLS

  • Creative

  • Good visualisation skills

  • Great sense of colour

  • An eye for detail

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Communicating with a huge team to get your ideas executed

  • Good with business if you would want to create your own label

  • Keen in creating and observing trends

  • Creating designs by CAD and by hand

  • Making sure your designs can be mass produced if needed

  • Problem solving Ability to design within the price point

  • Good with styling and piecing things together

  • Multitasking and time management

  • Awareness of different fabrics

PROS

  • Flexibility

  • A good outlet for your creativity

  • You can work from your own studio

  • Creative liberty

  • You can build your own brand/label

  • Your work can be viewed all across the world at events

  • You can create new trends

  • Decent income which can increase overtime

  • You get to meet and work with new people

  • You get to travel for shows/events

CONS

  • You need to gain a significant amount of experience to make it to the top

  • Finding a job can be difficult in the start

  • Very competitive field

  • Takes time to build a brand

  • Income can be unpredictable if you start your own business

  • Tight schedules and late working hours

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Retail Buyer

  • Retail Manager

  • Stylist

  • Textile Designer

  • Acessory Designer

  • Personal Shopper

  • Good drawing skills

  • Creative

  • Interest in the fashion industry

  • You enjoy working with materials

  • Hardworking as the competition is immense

  • Resourceful

  • Interest in trends

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Interesting Facts about the career



  • Most of French fashion traditions were lost in the Revolution. Napoleon eventually brought the glamour of fashion back in 1804


  • The T-shirt is one of the most popular items of clothing in the world, and around two billion of them are sold every single year.


  • Up until the beginning of the 19th century, models were not used to showcase clothes. Fashion companies would use dolls instead.

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