JD Institute of Fashion Technology: Creating Designers for the Next Generation

Nealesh Dalal | Managing Trustee | JD Institute of Fashion Technology[FashionEra, VisualMerchandising,FashionPhotography ,MakeupArtistry]
Nealesh Dalal | Managing Trustee | JD Institute of Fashion Technology

It’s a no-brainer when it comes to saying that fostering 21st century skills among learners has become the need of the hour. One might also say that the current education system requires a paradigm shift in the way knowledge is disseminated. Hence, equipping students with tools to deal with current problems has become important than ever. Instilling this same knowledge in line with the 21st century comes JD Institute of Fashion Technology, which through its proven historical legacy of 30 + years, has assisted young minds to transform their dreams into reality.
Since its inception in 1988,the Institute has carved a niche in the field of design education and has transformed into an industry leader that develops courses with a pulse on the needs of the industry. To cater to the ever-growing market, JD Institute offers multi-disciplinary education in the field of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion & Lifestyle Entrepreneurship, Fashion Business Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Photography, and Hair & Make-up Artistry.
At the core, JD Institute aims to be a place where the dreams and passion of students with imagination are stimulated. Its curriculum nurtures individuals who are more committed to addressing the complex needs of modern society’s products and innovations. The institute inspires them to dream and construct an ecosystem where they can learn how to give wings to their dreams.
Meet the Visionary Personality
The exciting journey of JD Institute began with Mr. Chandraakant Dalal (President), and Mr. R.C Dalal (Co-founder) who perceived a platform in India, which nurtures creative souls towards their journey of freedom.
Advancing the dreams and aspirations of the visionaries, this rich legacy has been taken forward by Mr. Nealesh Dalal, Managing Trustee of the JD Educational Trust. Since 1991, Nealesh has been driven by a strong belief in the power of ‘Imagination’. Through his work since then, he has made immense contributions to the field of Art and Design education in the country. His systematic approach involves the integration of design, innovation, communication, technology, style, and market intelligence. He is also a frequent commentator on fashion and design and lends his expertise to various events in the industry.
Nealesh’s creative leadership has contributed to making JD Institute of Fashion Technology, a pioneering art and design school in India, thus setting the benchmark in academic standard and for being pivotal in creating an educational system that recognizes, nurtures, and promotes talent. Going into the future, Nealesh aims to redefine fashion and design education in sync with local and global standards and practices.
A Form-Fitting Curriculum
The Institute provides undergraduate courses in Fashion and Interior Design that offers an in-depth knowledge along with intensive training. The fast track one-year diploma courses in Fashion, Interior and Jewellery Design inculcates quick methods, delivers design skills, and prepares students for all the present and futuristic challenges of the industry.
To further enhance the knowledge and skills of the aspirants, the Institute offers Post Graduation and certificate courses with perfectly timed projects. Furthermore, JD has also introduced new courses such as Fashion Business Management and Fashion and Lifestyle Entrepreneurship to develop business acumen and enhance students’ ideas and skills. The Institute has also introduced a new twinning program with Georgian College, Canada for its Interior Design students.
The above-mentioned courses are taught in global infrastructure facilities including one of the biggest Library, Digital Pilling 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, Drape Studio, Sewing Lab, CAD lab, Jewelry Metallurgy Lab, Gemology lab, 3rd Printer, and many more facilities. The Institute has partnered with leading service providers – Adobe and IIID to provide new experience to students and showcase their creations to leverage the power of digital technology.
Accompanying this robust curriculum is the Institute’s Associations, Accreditations, and Affiliations. JD Institute is affiliated to Bengaluru Central University and Goa University (for its degree courses in Fashion and Interior and pertains to only to Bangalore and Goa center). The Institute is also a member and associated with various prestigious bodies 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, and EQAC (Education quality accreditation Commission, Spain). The names in the lists further add IIID, Adobe, and collaborative projects with KOEFIA, Rome, Italy, London College of Fashion (LCF), Chelsea Colle of Arts and Georgian College, Canada and Georgina College, Canada.
Curriculum Extensions
To be abreast with the 21st-century skills, at JD, mentors and specialists of the design domain are invited periodically to enrich the knowledge of the students with latest technological innovation and industry practices. JD Institute organizes an international study tour as JD Imagination Journey for its students in association with London College of Fashion, KOEFIA and Chelsea College of Arts to take their knowledge and inspiration to the next level.
Apart from this, every year JD organizes its ‘JD Annual Design Awards’ a platform for its students to showcase their innovations, creativity, and design sense in front of key industrial players. The award show presents the journey of the students in the culmination of a final collection/product which tests all that they have learned during the tenure of their course. The journey from concept to creation tests the students’ ability to take forward their vision, in a constructive and analytical manner with the help from their respective mentors.
Students are also given access to unlimited opportunities to stretch their creativity to the maximum and enhance their potential by the Institute. For instance, recently, JD partnered with Times Fashion Week and Bengaluru by Design, hence giving much practical exposure to them to be a part of the industry. The Institute also has a career portal ‘Creative Careers’ that help students with job and placement related information under the guidance of counselors. In conclusion, students alongside their classroom learning, are also exposed to various live industry projects.
Assets Displayed
With over 21 years of educational excellence, JD Institute has painted the town red with its following awards and recognitions.

  • ‘Global Excellence in Design Education 2019’awarded by Times Education Excellence.
  • 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 and Makeup courses at International Quality Awards, 2019.
  • The Institute is awarded 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

When it comes to any institute whether it is large or small, the success of it depends heavily on word of mouth. Let us hear from alumni of JD Institute of Fashion Technology.
“Being a student of JD gave me a lot of opportunities not only in terms of fashion but also in how to communicate with the industry. We explored various areas such as styling, visual merchandising and got hands-on experience as well. One of the great opportunities was the campus recruitment conducted by the institute itself and this is how I got placed in H&M. JD has good industry network and I am liking my job. Proud to be a Jediiian.”
– Varshini Loganathan (Batch of 2017, Fashion Design) – Visual Merchandiser at H&M
“JD Institute is a place where the design dreams flourish- a root to a bright future. I perceived my BSc in fashion and apparel design from here and have received great learning. The faculty and resources in the institute helped me to improvise and polish my creative designing skills that are proving helpful for me at present. Though it was hectic and stretched beyond our limits, the joyful journey gifted me The Best Ideation Award in JD Annual Design Awards-2017. The platform gave an opportunity to showcase my collection of innovative, sustainable and colorful fabric. I am respected today in any fashion industry because of all the skills I have learned in JD. Further to this, I got placed by JD in H&M fashion retail company as a Department manager. I hereby thank all the facilities and management and wish all success. May the flag fly higher and higher.”
-Rakshitha (Batch of 2014 – 17, BSc Fashion and Apparel Design) – Department Manager, H&M

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