Designer Nikhil Thampi, whose designs have been worn by celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Katrina Kaif, says his transformation from a psychology student to a designer was not smooth.
"I definitely think it has helped immensely," Thampi told IANS when asked how his psychology stint helped him in designing.
"It has helped me understand human needs. Moreover, if not completely, it has given me a perspective on what women want when they look for outfits. They want to be comfortable, beautiful, confident, and this is exactly what my brand ethos are," he added.
The forthcoming edition of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is organising Fashion Talks, an event where young designers like Thampi and Nishka Lulla will discuss creativity as the lifeblood of the fashion industry in India and their journey as young fashion entrepreneurs.
The event will take place at WeWork Office Spaces here on Wednesday.
Thampi will talk about his journey from a psychology student to a leading designer who was fuelled by his creativity to switch paths.
"It definitely has not been a smooth journey. But that's why I enjoy designing immensely. It is these challenges that make the journey all the more fun... I've always been inclined towards the art and my parents realised I would never be truly happy behind a desk.
"So they encouraged me to pursue other avenues... A close friend was making her fashion week debut. I realised my love for designing by helping her. I applied to the LFW Gen Next programme in 2011 and was one of the 8 selected from over 800 applicants," he said.
"My whole journey feels like a dream. I don't want to be woken up from. I've never looked back since" added the designer.
Thampi also feels having theoretical knowledge of designing is vital.
"I do think it's important, and not having a formal degree is one reason I keep pushing myself to do better. But the fact is I learn on the job every day. I don't know what the rules are, so it's easy for me to break them.
"Every day is a challenge and a gamble. But if you don't take risks then the payoff isn't worth it," he said.