US-based fashion designer Anjali Phougat holds a double master’s degree in IT and computer science. She has designed outfits for various beauty pageants and styled many celebrities. Her work and achievements have been reported by media around the world. Even more so because it advocates social issues and raises awareness of mental health. Interestingly, she hosts talk shows like Designerdreamcollection Diva Series and Just a Conversation, has judged various beauty pageants and received several awards for her luxury outfits and jewelry.
One wonders how she manages so much work? “I enjoy my work and this passion keeps me going. If you enjoy doing something, always make time for everything. Time management is key and in today’s world we all have to learn that, ”she says.
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Phougat did not have any formal training as a fashion designer. “I believe that everything comes from within and cannot be learned. There are many successful people who have excelled in various fields of work without formal training. You learned on the job. Ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra is one example, ”adds Phougat, who first designed and recreated in 2000 when she was crowned Miss Haryana.
Phougat now lives in Ohio and says her heart is in India. “There hasn’t been a single day in my life that I don’t talk or think about India. I pray every day and every moment for the safety of the people in my country in these unprecedented times and I want to visit them soon, ”she adds.
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She says of her start in Ohio: “My work was appreciated during the Miss Haryana pageant. That gave me motivation and I started to spend more time sketching and designing. I started designing runway outfits as a hobby, which led to the creation of a small boutique. With the great success of my boutique, I came to the USA to pursue my passion. I started out in the IT industry and worked side by side building my fashion brand (both clothing and jewelry). “
Even in times like these, when all kinds of sectors are affected, Phougat and her team strive to make things work. They take orders in advance so they can deliver on time. So what are the basic requirements to become a fashion designer? “Passion and understanding of the relationship between fashion and comfort are essential. Beauty shouldn’t hurt or discriminate, it should liberate our soul, ”replies pat.
According to Phougat, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Kangana Ranaut are stylish Bollywood actresses. She would love to work with them in the times to come.