The institute’s mission is to strive hard for a better world by promoting and innovating sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical garments and product designs for the world. JD envisions spreading global awareness of an emerging design sensibility where every material is ethically sourced.
Fashion, a powerful tool of influence, plays an essential part in how people define themselves and others. Fashion design is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to the environment or clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes and has varied over time and place. Fashion’s influence can also be indirect and perceived as a form of soft power. From Elizabeth I’s ruffs to Diana’s dresses to Thatcher’s handbags; from Wellington’s boots to Gandhi’s shawl and Mao’s ‘Mao-suit,’ famous individuals become associated with particular clothes, which they often determinedly use to project an image of themselves or their country.
JD Institute of Fashion Technology, being the pioneer in Fashion Education, is one of the oldest institutes providing multi-disciplinary education in the field of Fashion and Interior design studies. JD Institute offers a plethora of courses in the area of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Entrepreneurship, Fashion Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Photography, and Make-up Artistry.
The Journey to Vitalize Creativity & Imagination
It all started with a dream, a vision to create a compelling student body, with exceptional skills to resuscitate the student’s creative imagination. The foundation was cemented by Mr. Chandraakant Dalal (Founder) and Mr. RC Dalal (Executive Director and Co-Founder). JD Institute of Fashion Technology is the educational wing of JD Educational Trust, established in the year 1988 in Mumbai, India.
The founders felt that there should be a platform in India for nurturing the creative souls towards their journey of freedom. Advancing the dreams and aspirations of the Change Makers, the vision was shared and executed by his other children Ms. Rupal Dalal, executive Director runs the Delhi Corporate centre, Mr. Nealesh Dalal who heads the Bangalore Corporate office and Mr. Yogesh Dalal who heads the Mumbai Corporate office. The spearheads are on a mission to fulfil their father’s dream, a dream to take JD Institute of Fashion technology on an International level, making it one of the Best Institute of Design and Art in the World.
With a prolific legacy of 30 years, and 36 learning centres, JD Institute is a paradise for students looking to pursue Interior Designing, Fashion Designing and Jewellery Designing courses – and bring their imagination to life.
Methodological Approach towards Education
Since its beginning in 1988, the institute has offered a variety of programs, events, teaching and resource materials designed to help students from all educational backgrounds to become “cultural communicators” through design concepts. Most of JD’s project takes into consideration the heritage of the country and the global community. JD’s world-class learning centres offer access to E-Library with books, magazines, journals and other fashion literature, as well as laboratories and classrooms.
Under the eminent experts from the Industry the subjects in Fashion, Interior, Jewellery, Fashion Marketing & communications, Visual Merchandising, Photography, Hair and Make-up are ought to be elucidated with high passion giving the young aspirants the much-required practical experience and classroom training. JD as an institution helps the students to take their imagination to the next level, giving them a platform not just to up-skill their creativity but also to prepare and give them the confidence to follow their dreams.
JD focuses on methodological educational approach. The students are exposed to the latest technology, in fashion. One of the biggest Fashion Library, Digital Pilling Tester, Martingale Abrassion Resistance, Button/snap button tester, Crease Recovery tester, Air Permeability tester, projection microscope, crokemeter, drape master, digital light fastness tester, Light busting Strength Tester, Digital Tensile Testing machine, Washing Fastness tester, Elmondr of tearing tester, Wrap Reel, Stiffness tester, Beeslay Balance, Double Yarn Twist Tester, Dye Bath, Stirrer, Pattern making lab, Drape Studio, Sewing Lab etc. There are extensive facilities available for Jewellery Design aspirants including Jewellery Metallurgy Lab, Gemmology lab, 3rd Printer for Caming, Jewellery Library. The JD Institute has partnered with industry’s leading service providers in Auto cad, V- Ray, Sketch-up, 3D printing. They are also associate partners with CAD for Rhinoceros and India’s official partner for Adobe.
Students are regularly exposed to on-site works, interior showroom visits and interaction with material vendors. International designers collaborate to provide a hands-on workshop to widened design skills for the global market. The collective hard-work of students and staff is reflected in the strong placement results of JD Institute.
Flourishing Fashion Careers
JD Institute makes sure that the Industry experts are an essential part of the curriculum. JD Institute students get placed before the course gets over. Major companies like H&M, Calvin Klein, Levis, Anotah, Arvind, CKC, D&M, Louie Philippe, shoppers stop, myntra, Reliance trends, Mens Avenue, Milan, Genesis Luxury, Tailorman, chumbak, Fashion timeless, Nolte, Hometown, Studio 8, liv space, Asian Paints, Chesters, creative display, walking cubicle, CEE BEE Designing Studio, Buildobridge, wooplr, Thulasi & Thulasi Jewelers and more visit JD campus for hiring talented individuals frequently.
The JD annual design award exhibition proves to be an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their product and design to the industry experts which adds immense value to their portfolio. Most of the JEDIIIANS take the entrepreneurial plunge to start their fashion brand, run an excellent interior firm or start a creative Jewellery brand.
An Edupreneur Impelling the Imagination
Nealesh Dalal, the Managing Trustee of the JD Educational Trust, has been driven by a firm belief in the power of imagination. Spearheading the JD Educational Trust, he has taken the education in Arts and Design to the next level, by providing significant collaborations with the top fashion and interior design schools around the world. Under his guidance, the college rose to International fame where it was featured in BoF (Business of Fashion, London), London College of Fashion, University of Arts, London.
“The Goal is to always collaborate with like-minded educational partners in the world, so our students widen their horizons and pursue truly international careers. Through these collaborations we aim to take our motto – Globally Connected, Indian at Heart – to the next level,” aims Nealesh to revolutionize the fashion education in India.
A visionary, his aim to redeﬁne fashion and design education in sync with the local and global standards and practices, has created an educational system that recognizes nurtures and promotes talent. Nealesh continually strives to achieve modernization by imparting a cutting-edge curriculum and deep industry network for which he benevolently credits the illustrious JD Institute alumni, occupying the highest positions in today’s top brands.
The Renowned JD Annual Design Awards
For the last few years, JD Institute of Fashion Technology is striving hard and spreading awareness on the importance of having innovative, sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly fashion. Every year the institute organizes an annual fashion show called ‘JD Annual Design Awards.’ The annual event is aimed at showcasing the creations designed by the final year student of the institute. In 2016, the show focussed on artisans and craftsmen in India’s textile and clothing history. The Event showcases around 52 collections and 350 plus garments of JEDIIIANS which follows the mission of JD.
The Global Connect
To develop and be globally viable, JD Institute of Fashion Technology are members of internationally acclaimed prestigious bodies and associations like Cumulus, Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indo French chamber of commerce and Industry, the council of EU chambers of business in India, EQAC (Education quality accreditation Commission, Spain) and does collaborative projects with KOEFIA, Rome, Italy, National Design Institute, Russia. JD Institute has its presence as the Institute partner in India Fashion Week London, one of Europe’s and UK’s most significant events.
Recent milestones include a tie-up with BOF, collaborative projects with London College of Fashion under the University of Arts, London (UAL) for Fashion, JJAADA, UK, Chelsea College of Arts, University of Arts, London. Another feather of achievement is the successful styling with London College of Fashion, under University of Arts London for the Fashion Design students. The institute was listed in Business of Fashion with 11 million subscribers as a featured school, the only school from India to be in featured schools in the 22 schools around the world.
Eminent Faculty Excerpt
“Supporting the design aspirant, helping them make the right choice, traveling the world understanding the need of the community, need of the industry, need of the students, finding the gap – filling it by making solutions in developing various courses including customized courses which will help them to bring their dreams to reality and making them sell their creativity.” – Sandra Agnes, Director South
“Academics are the backbone of an Institute. We at JD Institute have developed a holistic approach towards design education from the perspective of ever-changing Industry and Global trends. We believe in adapting the best possible methodologies of teaching design by applying the best practices from multiple points across the world.” — Pramod Adhikari, Mentor JD Institute of Fashion Technology
“London College of Fashion is delighted to be supporting JD Institutes students in gaining international experience. We have the wonderful resource of London for them to enjoy as well as access to some of the best fashion tutors in the world. That combined with the passion and enthusiasm of the JD Institute students will ensure they gain a lot from their London experience and help them with their ambitions to be relevant, in the competitive global fashion industry.” – Barbara Bell, Head of Short Courses, London College of Fashion
“While I always was a well-dressed fashion connoisseur, I didn’t understand the difference between process and outcome. Studying at JD has helped me to develop this perspective. Now at my Job, I can address subtle nuances of what makes a fashion brand by tapping into the brands inspiration, which has made me so much more effective at story telling.”- Disha Shetty – Fashion Design Student- Conde Nast, Vogue
“My journey started with JD in zero knowledge of fashion designing, and I am glad that I could get it in one year of diploma in fashion designing course, where I can showcase my talent and my creativity. The best part of us being a JEDIIIAN is that we are given an awesome opportunity to showcase our creativity through garments that we make for the final project which is presented on the runway. We are lucky to get to do a lot of learning in a year’s time. Thank you, JD,” – Akash Chekkera, Fashion Design 2017-18