JD Institute of Fashion Technology: Redefining Fashion Pedagogy to Edify Contemporary, Voguish Scholars

Nealesh Dalal, Managing Trustee

Nealesh Dalal

Managing Trustee

A famous TV icon once said, “Fashion is the most powerful art there is. Its movement, design and architecture are all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be”. With contemporary crowd always on-the go, fast fashion wave has taken the fashion industry by its strikes. However, a global survey reports an unprecedented skills crisis in the fashion industry, with 62 percent of respondents grappling to fit-in skilled roles. This reveals the ongoing war of talent among students who aspire to fly high, but fail to secure right wings through specialized training. It is not just about artistic hues and contemporary designs anymore skilled fist with knack of experimentation and updated cultural sense sketches the foundation of ace designers. Aligning with this global phenomenon, Bengaluru based JD Institute of Fashion Technology has created a platform that bestows students with a successful art & design career.

Established in 1988 by Chandraakant Dalal(Founder)and RC Dalal(Co-Founder), JD is one of India’s premier Art & Design Institute embodied with global curriculum, international design schools, international exposure, industry driven projects, and state-of-the-art facilities. Continuing the excellence graph, it provides a prodigious platform ‘JD Annual Design Awards’ for students to showcase their ready-to-wear experimental collection before fashion experts through fashion shows and exhibitions. “Every program has an industry mentor preparing them for design industry. Students also get an opportunity to do industry driven projects, giving the feel of working in real industry,” affirms Nealesh Dalal, Managing Trustee, JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

Crafting Calibre, Practicing Panache
JD is renowned for its comprehensive academic offerings under the umbrellas of Fashion & Apparel Design, Interior Design & Decoration, and Fashion & Lifestyle Entrepreneurship, amongst others. Pedagogically, inhouse expert staff follows methodological educational approach with right combination of global curriculum, experienced mentors, creative workshops, CSR participation and rich industry exposure. Not only do Jediiians upskill their creativity and imagination in the learning process, but also revolutionize their innovations with an international outlook, while being socially accountable.

JD bedizens’ professional expertise drapes through placement assistance and assures continuous hiring by leveraging its strong industrial connections with international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Marks and Spencer, Livspace, Tanishq, Mannoviraj Khosla, Forever 21, Calvin Klein, H&M, Levis, Nolte and CKC, to name a few. Besides, students from across the country, including alumni avail access to JD’s online job portal Creative Careers, for employment exploration and direct application in desired companies. The institute also offers entrepreneurship classes inhouse and extends complete support by giving them top-notch platforms such as India Fashion Week London. Exhibiting such finesse, JD bagged ‘Leaders in Education Award’and ‘Skill Learning for Fashion Design Award’at UK Asian Business Awards 2018 and Indian Education Awards 2018, respectively.

Knitting Designs with Techno Threads
Leaving no stone unturned in amalgamating pedagogy with technology for holistic training, JD is equipped with cutting-edge technologies, right from Martindale Abrasion resistance tester, digital pilling tester, digital light fastness tester, air permeability tester and projection microscope to Beesley balance, dye bath, wrap reel and Elmondr for tearing tester. Just when the students gain insights of fabrics, textures and utility of multiple technologies, the institute opens doors to inhouse labs such as pattern making lab, sewing lab and drape studio for Jediiians for realtime application and practical engagement. “Students are also given industry insights on a monthly basis to broaden their horizon,” avers Nealesh.
On the flip side, JD also offers extensive facilities for jewelry design aspirants that include jewelry metallurgy lab, gemmology lab, 3D printer for camping, and colossal jewelry library. Hosting one of the biggest fashion libraries in the campus for students to stockpile limitless knowledge, the institute provides access to Learning Management System and boasts partnership with industry leaders in AutoCAD, V Ray, Sketch-up, 3D Printing and CAD for Rhinoceros software. “Since the world is moving more towards technology, we have Adobe as our creative partners, and students are encouraged to access their software and seminars,” adds Nealesh.

JD Institute provides a prodigious platform ‘JD Annual Design Awards’ for students to showcase their ready-to-wear Experimental collection before fashion experts through fashion shows and exhibitions

Giving Wings to Your Dreams
With the vision to develop Indian design education to match the growing industry needs and empower students with latest global knowledge, JD has partnered with several international universities like KOEFIA(Rome), UAL (London) and several other major fashion, interior and jewellery schools around the world. The institute is also collaborating with London College of Fashion for a styling program and is in talks with Chelsea College for Arts & Science, Central Saints Martin and other UAL colleges for further associations in other disciplines.

A Balanced & Secured Ecosystem
Balancing academic skills and extracurricular activities on equilibrium, JD actively conducts cultural fests, fashion and design events, and offers opportunities like House of Imagination for students to design and sell their individual collection. Besides academic & practical learning, the institute actively motivates students to participate in CSR activities and instil the characteristics of responsibility, humanity and positivity, thus driving change through disciplines of creativity and sensitivity.

Nestled in Bengaluru’s upscale vicinity, JD takes care of Jediiians’ safety under responsible lens. The institute strikes the right balance between formal and conversational learning environment and creates safe & healthy workspace for students and staff, all under 24/7 surveillance and stringent safety measures. Since every Jediiian is accounted to wear identity cards within the campus, the management adds an extra coat of security by seamlessly distinguishing between a Jediiian and an outside visitor, thus prioritizing security throughout. Additionally, the institute focuses on awareness creation through counselling sessions, right platforms, following government regulations, and has a dedicated team working 24/7 for students’ and parents’ assistance.

“Our mission is this We at JD Institute aim to inspire people to utilize their imagination to uphold the aspects of preserving and protecting our environment. Our mission is to strive persistently and meticulously to extricate the evil that we as humans have enforced on our planet. JD Institute will always focus on enhancing our economic, social, and environmental stability through our dedicated teaching conduct and imaginative designs chalked out by our students,” explains Nealesh. The institute is dedicated to record performance through excellence and ace students with skills of creativity, innovation, imagination and responsibility, hence nurturing Jediiians to advance towards the journey of success and fashionable freedom.

Key Management:
Nealesh Dalal, Managing Trustee
Owing to his rich experience in fashion education industry, Nealesh is committed to marshal JD Institute’s mission of revolutionizing design consciousness through innovation, diversity and collaboration.

Corporate Offices: Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi

Offerings: BSc. in Interior Design & Decoration (affiliated to Bangalore and Goa University), BSc. in Fashion & Apparel Design, Diploma in Fashion & Lifestyle Entrepreneurship, Diploma in Fashion Business Management, Diploma in Fashion Design, Diploma in Fashion Photography, Diploma in Fashion Styling, Diploma in Interior Design, Diploma in Fine Jewellery Design, Diploma in Hair & Makeup Artistry, Diploma in Visual Merchandising, PG Diploma in Fashion Design & Management, PG Diploma in Interior & Spatial Design, PG Diploma in Fashion Communication, Advance Diploma in Fashion & Apparel Design, and Advanced Diploma in Interior & Spatial Design, along with two study abroad courses International Certificate Program in Fashion Styling with London College of Fashion, UAL (40 days) and International Certificate Program in Retail Styling with Chelsea College of Arts London, UAL(40 days).

Alumni:Rocky S, Ashok Manney, Ajmal Kareem, Shane, Bhuvana, Mehul Bhandari, Gourav Chabra, Manish Shah, Sushritha, Urvashi Kaur, Varshini Loganthan, Shylaja Vasanth, Renjen Pavithran, and Nitish Chawla, among others.

•Global Excellence in Design Education by The Times Education Excellence 2019.
•‘Global League Institute’ Certified by Great Place to Study, London based on the student satisfactory survey.
•‘The qualified institute serving Fashion design, Interior design & Hair & Makeup courses’at International Quality Awards, 2019.
•Ranked No.1 Private college in Karnataka in Fashion Design, 2019 ranked by India Today.
•Leaders in Design Education by the UK Asian Business Awards 2018 held at Congress Hall London.
•Skill Learning for Fashion Design in Indian Education Awards 2018.
•Best Vocational Education Institute for Fashion Design.