Designing and stitching clothes and later modeling their creations — students at fashion institutes are doing it all and organising fashion shows at colleges.
Future designers who will be setting the trends in the country a few years down the line are not having it easy at the fashion institutes. They are burning the midnight oil, organising fashion shows from scratch — stitching clothes, making necklaces, designing clothes and modeling them for fashion shows that are organised very regularly at these fashion institutes.
In Hamstech Institute of Fashion & Interior Design (HIFID), apart from the annual fashion show Calantha that is organised at the end of each year for the third-year students, mid-term fashion shows for the second years are also being introduced so that students will get enough exposure and experience before they hit their third year. National Institute of Fashion Technology too has a fashion show organised by the fourth year students in which students in the second year and third years play assistants, helping out their seniors.
Aishwarya Singhi, a second-year student at Hamstech Institute of Fashion, says, “It is our turn to organise the mid-term fashion in January and I am very excited about it. This is the first time I am going to be part of a real fashion show. The theme that has been given to us is ‘Angels and Flames’ and as part of the show, we need to design everything from scratch. The entire of the second semester is dedicated for the same and we have to design and make accessories and clothes that go with the theme. Later, we need to model our creations too. Each student has to showcase four or five designs. In the beginning, one has to submit 15-20 designs to the faculty for approval and those which are approved make it to the show,” she says.
Another student Nishankh Sainani, who put forward his collection at a mid-term fashion show last month, had showcased clothes that were inspired by the vampire theme.
“It was my first official fashion show. There are times when I had showcased my designs before this show but it was always in a group. The theme that I followed here was vampire and the designs, clothes, accessories and make up during the show were inspired by the same theme. I used a lot of satin, velvet and chiffon in the clothes that I designed and I got models to carry glasses with red liquid in them to give the impression of blood. A dramatic make up was given to the models to accentuate the vampire look,” Nishankh Sainani says.
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Third year student of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Ajab Ali Akbar, says that each of the student is assigned a model backstage during the annual fashion show, very much like real fashion shows.
“The fourth years showcase their creations at the fashion show as part of the curriculum. The second-year and third-year students usually help out seniors with their work. This gives us an idea about how the show has to be organised, which will help when we get to the fourth-year,” said Akbar.