INIFD students complete Fashion Scout programme in London
India’s four INIFD designers chosen to take part in the Fashion Scout programme that ran following London Fashion week in the capital have returned home after showcasing their designs and being honoured at India House.
The designers chosen to show in London were Jasminum Kaur and Avleen Anand who are alumni of India’s International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) and Akshay Sehgal and Gagandeep Singh Tuli who are currently fashion design students there. The four designers chosen from India to take part in the Fashion Scout programme were selected from a group of over 500 applicants from across the country.
As alumni, Jasminum Kaur and Avleen Anand took part in the “Innovation-X” runway event and, as students, Akshay Sehgal and Gagandeep Singh Tuli took part in “The Rangeen Riot” event. For “Innovation-X”, Avleen Anand showed a collection named “The Persian Bahar” which used Parsi embroidery techniques interpreted in a modern way. For “The Rangeen Riot”, Gagandeep Singh Tuli showed his “Feathers of Dawn” collection at the event and used feathers to adorn his designs and Akshay Sehgal showed a womenswear collection that was inspired by “Pan Singh Tomar” and focused on female empowerment. All four designers have now taken their collections back to India to be shown and sold.
Whilst in England, the four INIFD designers were received at India House of the Indian High Commission by the Deputy Commissioner Dinesh K Patnaik. Patnaik congratulated the designers on working towards the Indian Government’s “5-F” directive, “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Fabric, Fabric to Fashion, and Fashion to Foreign” as well as using traditional textiles. On the designers’ return to India, Arvind Gupta, the Director of INIFD Ludhiana, congratulated them on their presentations and wished them good luck for the future.
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