Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design

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Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design
Former names
Pakistan School of Fashion and Design (1994–2008)
Established1994; 26 years ago (1994)
ChancellorArif Alvi
Vice-ChancellorHina Tayyaba Khalil
8 acres (32516 m2)
AffiliationsHEC Pakistan
MoCom Pakistan[1]

Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (Urdu: پاکستان انسٹی ٹیوٹ آف فیشن اینڈ ڈیزائن‎), also referred to as PIFD, is a public design institution primarily located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It was established in 1994 as the Pakistan School of Fashion and Design by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, a department within the Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry. The close collaboration between the textile industry, business and arts communities is intended to foster multi-disciplinary education and research. The Pakistan government, in November 2010, set out to grant the institute a degree awarding charter enabling to provide degrees recognised by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.[2]

The institute seeks to produce graduates who are able to combine design capability with manufacturing dexterity to create products that are innovative and aesthetically beautiful. PIFD trains students the necessary management and marketing tools in order to promote these products in the markets around the world. PIFD endeavours to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs and highly skilled youth to cope with the demand of new millennium through its full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs. It has consistently been ranked among the best educational institutions in Pakistan for art and design education.

The institute is composed of four schools with close to 2,000 students and 200 staff members, making it Pakistan's only design institute. PIFD is a member of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus Association), a global network of universities and colleges teaching art, design and media.[3]


With the growth of Pakistani textiles, there was a shortage of trained professionals to develop the industry. In 1994 the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (formerly EPB) with guidance from the government of Pakistan came together with Olivier Lapidus to establish the Pakistan School of Fashion Design in a rented premises at Sunder Das Road, Lahore. The Pakistan School of Fashion and Design was named "Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design" and incorporated under Section 42 of Companies Ordinance 1984, in 2008 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Commerce, government of Pakistan. The NOC was issued from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) for degree awarding status in 2007.

The institute was granted the 'charter for degree awarding status' by the National Assembly in November 2010. This is a significant milestone in the endeavour to acquire Charter status which will enable the Institute to provide an HEC recognised degree.


The institute comprises a four-year B. Des/BS. degree programme, divided into four schools:

  • Faculty/School of Fashion Design
  • Faculty/School of Fashion Marketing and Promotions
  • Faculty/School of Textile Design
  • Faculty/School of School of Accessories and Products
    • Department of Gems and Jewellery
    • Department of Furniture Design and Manufacturing
    • Department of Leather Accessories and Footwear
    • Department of Ceramics and Glassware[4]


The Foundation Year programme is a base for students before opting to pursue their major in any of the four schools (six disciplines). Students go abroad on exchange programmes and attend training and workshops in Paris; in Borås, Sweden; and at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Thailand.

The faculty portfolio consists of teachers, trained at L’Ecole Superieur Chamber Syndical de la Couture, Paris and at affiliated schools.

Students from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan and from outside of Pakistan are enrolled at PIFD. Financial assistance is available: Rs. 3.8 million were given to 91 students in 2008–2009, and in 2009–2010, Rs. 8 million in financial aid was given to 161 students.


The institute is affiliated with the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne[5] for Fashion Design, with the Mod' Spe' Paris[6] for Fashion Marketing and Promotions, with the Swedish College of Textile & Sciences[7] in Borås, Sweden since 2007 for student exchange and curriculum development; and with the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences,[8] Thailand for the Gems and Jewellery programme.

Local partnerships include Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industries, Ministry of Textile, SMEDA, PIDC, AHAN, Pakistan Gems & Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC), Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC), Fashion Pakistan, Footwear Association, Furniture Pakistan, Pakistan Leather Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PLGMEA), Pakistan Gloves Manufacturing Association, Ready Made Garment Association, USAID, GTZ, and Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).

PIFD's collaboration with international universities and institutions:

  • L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris, France
  • Mod'Spe Institute, Paris, France
  • Milano Fashion Institute, Milan, Italy
  • Moda Pelle Academy, Milan, Italy
  • ARS SUTORIA, Milan, Italy
  • Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand
  • University College of Boras, Sweden
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Konstfack University, Sweden
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
  • London College of Fashion, UK
  • Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, Islamabad
  • Institute of Industrial Design Co. Ltd., Poland[9]

PIFD has been granted full membership of the Association of CUMULUS as decided by the General Assembly on 30 April 2016 in Nottingham, UK and became pioneer to have this membership in Pakistan.[10]

PIFD's collaboration with national universities and institutions:

  • University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar
  • Government of Punjab, PSDF Short Course Program
  • Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
  • Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Program (PLCIP)
  • The Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF)
  • Fashion Central Media Group
  • Hum TV Network
  • Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC)[11]


PIFD graduates are the highest paid graduates in the country and have a 100% employment ratio.[citation needed] They teach at Dubai, Shanghai and Cairo fashion schools and are working in industry as creative directors, designers, pattern makers, merchandisers and managers. PIFD alumni serve as faculty in seven fashion schools of Pakistan.[citation needed]

Among its alumni are the designers Hassan Sheheryar Yasin, Kamiar Rokni, Mehdi, and Mahmood Hayat.


An initiative has been taken to establish six affiliated colleges, in six cities of the country, in 2011. This project is being rolled-out with collaboration from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.

  • Islamabad College offers Fashion Design, and Gems and Jewellery studies
  • Faisalabad College offers Fashion Design, and Textile Design
  • Peshawar College offers Gems and Jewellery, and Furniture
  • Multan College offers Textile Design, and Ceramics
  • Quetta College offers Gems and Jewellery, and Furniture Design
  • Hala College offers Ceramics


  1. ^ "Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design MoCom". Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design HEC". Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design Cumulus Membership". CUMULUS Association. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
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