INIFD and London School of Trends students present their collection at New York Fashion Week
In their first and final year, INIFD fashion design students presented their collection in collaboration with the London School of Trends during the 7th season of the New York Fashion Week.
The collection, titled “Indian Fashion Trunk”, consisted of 52 pieces that were sent down the runway.
“The designs were based on ‘the craft of the future’. To capture the spirit of India with students from diverse backgrounds, they focused on fall-winter 2022 trends. It depicts the rich culture, aboriginal crafts, art, design and textiles from different states of India. The vibrant colors with rich, deep hues and fabrics are one of a kind, highlighting the craftsmanship that makes India a powerful source for fashion,” said Anil Khosla, CEO of the INIFD.
Sharing her presentation experience in one of the world’s fashion capitals, Basudhara Mukhapadhyay, a student from the design team, told indianexpress.com that “it’s a dream come true” for her.
“It was a huge learning process for all of us – getting to know our culture and that’s different forms of art, to work in the pandemic for which we had to create a whole new working process, to really present the garment on such a large international platform; NYFW has been a wonderful experience.
The collection used a myriad of fabrics and forms of embroidery from across India to highlight the diversity of India’s textile landscape. Mirror work borrowed from Odisha and Gujarat, Bengal cantha point, at Madhubani painting in Bihar, students expressed that they wanted to bring Indian crafts and culture featured on NYFW’s international platform.
Fabrics used in the collection ranged from habotai silk to georgette, velvet to butter crepe, all of which Khosla said were ethically sourced and reused to ensure zero waste.
“Fashion and design are ever-evolving subjects, and if we provide opportunities for students to experience the real world, they will have more exposure and connections to industry even before they graduate,” said said Sunny Somra, founder of the London School of Trends.
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