International Institute of Fashion Design in students

IT’S the dream of every fashion designer to be able to showcase their collections on an international platform.

The dream is soon going to be a reality for 10 students of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD).

On September 17, 10 selected students from the INIFD centres across India will be given an  opportunity to present a capsule collection each at a show organised by Fashion Scout as a part of London Fashion Week’s (LFW) Spring Summer 2017 edition.

Responsible for the launch of a whole generation of designers, including Peter Pilotto, David Koma, William Tempest, Craig Lawrence and Phoebe English, Fashion Scout is one of the UK’s largest independent showcases for emerging and established talent during LFW and a prominent fixture among Paris showrooms.

“We have shortlisted 17 students from across INIFD centres and will be bringing that list down to 10 after a four-day workshop with London stylist and mentor Joseph Toronka,” said designer and INIFD director Priyanka Khosla.

Toronka, who was also present at the formal announcement on Wednesday, said: “There is immense talent in India and all that students need is the right exposure and mentoring. International labels are vying to launch in India and for fashion design students, it would be the ideal opportunity to showcase their skills.”

Toronka said it’s important for students to make their impression at such an international showcase. “Students need to highlight Indian aesthetics, but in a contemporary way. They have to keep in mind an international audience and that’s where I can offer help,” he said.

The 17 finalists from INIFD centres across India, who are in Chandigarh for the workshop, presented a glimpse of their concepts and themes.

Choosing to showcase Mandana art from Rajasthan is Aniba Daga from Indore, while her contemporary from the same city, Jimmy Devda has chosen the Taj Hotel in Mumbai.

“I was taken in my the concept of illusion and will be showcasing my interpretation of the same,” said Faiz Zariwala, an INIFD student from Mumbai, who is also assisting designer and stylist Ashley Rebello for Salman Khan’s look in the forthcoming season of Big Boss.

For Jatin Kanwar, a designer from Shimla studying in Chandigarh, childhood memories spent sky gazing have inspired his collection ‘Pie in the sky’, while Kanchan Gurwani from Baroda will be working on a collection inspired by yoga.

“I wanted to showcase India in all its glory and therefore chose the Indian elephant and the tradition of decorating it for my theme,” said Bhawdeep Singh from Ludhiana.

Presenting her home Kashmir will be Sabah Shabnam, a student from Hyderabad. “It hasn’t been easy for me to make it this far and I hope to make it to London too,” said the young Kashmiri girl.

A final round of selection will be held in London by the end of this month.
The other finalists include Daisy Tanwani (Jaipur), Komila Lalwani, Priya Dedhia, Priya Gaekwad and Pradnya Kamble (Pune), Roshni Gupta (Gwalior); Lisa Rai, Pallavi Soni, (Indore); Nidhi Maheshwari (Nagpur) and Urvi Vira (Mumbai).