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Internship opportunity with Fascino Kids Fashion Week 2019

Right from our very first day at ICF, we have been gaining experiences in the fashion world and this July got us one very exciting one.

An opportunity to work at the Fascino Kids Fashion Show, an exclusive Fashion Week for children between 3-14 years of age, with a series of interactive workshops leading the participating children with sessions on Personal Hygiene, Etiquettes, Personality Grooming putting forward a holistic, confident personalities on the ramp.

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This was an exciting opportunity for me and my other enthusiastic lot of friends since none of us had ever had the experience of handling these little bundles of energies. Glad we all enrolled ourselves for this and were prepared to take this new challenge head-on.

The show was scheduled from 25th-27th of July 2019 and was held at Eros International, Nehru Place.

We were involved from day one….from the trials to training and practice days for the child models and handling schedules for all the participating designers.

Time management was one of the major factors that we needed to learn and report to work an hour early than the kids’ schedule since all the arrangements for the day were to be organized and put in place to avoid any delay or glitch during the sessions.

We were about to be hit with a real challenge of handling small kids throughout the day while helping the Organizers. The kids started to pour in and some of them came in “like a wrecking ball”. Some of the kids were not ready to leave their parents at all and kept wailing and crying. That was truly a challenge, to get them separated from their mothers, get them changed and make them practice along with everyone else. But we were not there to give up easily. All through the days this cycle continued, designer after designer, kid after kid, and we would generally wrap up the day around at about 9 in the night right after a short meeting with our team heads….just to repeat the whole process every day for the next couple of days; but the second day was less chaotic, thanks to our experiences gained the day before.

Then came the big day, the actual show on Saturday the 27th of July, 2019. We all reported at the venue sharp at 8 am, dressed and ready to work in our Fascino Kids Fashion Show custom t-shirts, that gave us the sense of responsibility to shoulder the brand we were working for.

We began readying up the first lot of kids for our first scheduled show at 11:00 a.m., which was actually delayed by an hour due to technical issues, but hiccups like this are common in such fashion events. With each show, our work gradually got easier, and we had a smooth functioning through the fashion shows……. till the finale show……That was when chaos broke. We ran out of hands to help backstage, and 3 people barely kept the kids in control, but with immense help from one of the team heads, we were able to deliver an amazing finale of the day that was widely appreciated and adored.

The after-party to celebrate the success of the show had us all as a team had us all danced and celebrate the successful line of shows the whole day, and we all retired to our homes in groups and pieces, to finally rest our feet which had been working on and on through the week.

Even though the whole experience was tiring and we ran out of energy to function by the time we got to leave, it was all worth it when we received our certifications when we rejoined college.

We were also awarded a beaming trophy to represent all the hard work we all collectively put in, and it was truly an amazing moment to be able to hold it in our hands.

The trophy now rests in the office of our Chief Mentor, Ms. Jaivani Bajaj’s office, as a beautiful memory of something so demanding and challenging yet so rewarding and full of knowledge.

This was an experience gained, that will forever be with us all.

Abhilasha Sharma- BBA FE 2018

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A WARM WELCOME TO ICF

Oof! With a mix of thoughts and high spirits I carried the load of my pretty bag and started my day with a classic smile. I rushed through the metro and headed straight to the college. As I moved towards my class, probably every new face I saw could hear me breathe heavily. I entered the class, greeted my new mates and took a seat to catch my breath. Within a moment, my teachers came in with a big smile and I could sense a lovely vibe of aspiring learners ready to embark on this new journey. The teachers introduced themselves and their respective subjects to us in a very semi-formal way. It was way better than I expected it to be. I enjoyed their session as they gave us an inside sneak peak of the industry we were going to step into.

Then arrived the snack break and we were served with some authentic Delhi street food alongside some soft drinks to fill in our young stomachs.

The seniors came in and initiated an ice breaker activity to help us interact and perhaps improve our social skills. We enjoyed playing different character roles, singing, dancing and mimicking comic characters.

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The college organized a few designer talks for us to get pumped up with inspiration and zing to work hard and brace ourselves for the course. The teachers seemed so determined and energetic to impart their knowledge to us. This gave me a feeling of satisfaction and that very moment I knew I came to the right place to learn. Down the week, the college had many activities for us. This helped us to get more comfortable with the college atmosphere.

Alumni students dropped in to share their experiences with us and we got a chance to clear out our doubts regarding different job/business aspects after college. The exposure we had in the first week was outstanding. We got exposed to the people from the industry and got to clear view of the life ahead waiting for us.

To be honest, in the beginning, I was a bit apprehensive about college life at ICF. But now, after 3 weeks I can proudly say I am at the right place. This place is a metal and it means education at its best. The teachers are hardcore and willing to give the best they’ve got. I hope to experience a wonderful educational journey with ICF along with memories to cherish throughout my life.

Moin Shaw BBA 2019 – 2022

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The Pret Imperative

I became the head (Executive Director) of the FDCI, now nearly a decade ago. Our office was in an apartment in Saket, a common practice at that time. To reach the office on the second floor, we had to walk up the stairs and jump over a sleeping dog known for being aggressive when provoked. As I took up the onerous reins of the fashion industry in India, I realized that much like the dog, the gross artistic talent of Indian designers was immense but the fashion design industry was still in its infancy and had made a little impact at home in India, much less the World. Coupled with the rich Indian heritage and culture we should have been talking of a major industry. In reality, designers were living from hand-to-mouth and quite literally operating from their father-in-law’s house!

This is when I commissioned research through the well-known consultants KPMG to study the level of the current industry and also to benchmark the West where billion-dollar brands such as Giorgio Armani, Versace, etc. all mocked us. Surprisingly, my initiative did not find sympathetic support from the FDCI Board which, unfortunately, consisted entirely of designers who were sure they knew it all. The results of the study, however, were seminal.

In the West, the industry started at the top of the design totem with couture (exclusively one of a kind) remaining exclusive and relatively small. It did make a handful of designers personally rich but as an industry, it was nowhere, and it was extremely risky for investors. The industry grew as designers moved down the chain to diffusion – multiple but limited lines which were sold in studios with, most often, the designer himself in attendance. The real breakthrough came when a few enterprising designers pushed to move into pret-e-porter (ready-to-wear) available off the shelf and at affordable, even if premium, prices to a vast upper-middle-class!

The move to Pret was not easy.  Designers quickly realized that Pret required large numbers to make business sense. This required efficient factories, distribution to a large number of stores, marketing, etc. This was usually beyond the competence of designers and was also beyond their interest areas. This is the classic clash in a fashion business – how to mate the vagaries and subtleties of art with the heat and dust of a competitive marketplace. The solution, of course, was the partnership of the high-flying designer with down-earth businessmen. The partnership could be in the form of a joint venture with a corporate which could bring in finances and skilled managerial support. That is how the West got into the big leagues.

Unfortunately, we in India faced many hurdles on many sides. At the FDCI, to promote Pret, we instructed all participating designers to show only Pret collections at the India Fashion Week. However, this was easier said than done as designers still displayed what they were most comfortable with – couture! Those who did venture forth most often came up with watered-down lines of their couture lines or worse still, Western wear! We could see that Indian fashion had a long way to go to mature. Customers were also in a time warp where they valued the weight of the garment, the amount of embroidery or surface work done and hesitant to move beyond drapes.

On the creative side, designers had to learn, to their dismay, that pret is not a mini version of their couture collections with, say, a little less embroidery but required a fresh new approach and a totally new collection.

The other challenge at the FDCI was to get investors and corporates to partner Indian designers. The trouble was both ways – with designers and with Indian corporates.  From the FDCI we extolled Indian designers, but businessmen found it difficult to relate to persons who ‘got up only after 11 o’clock’, did not care much about business civilities and wanted to be treated as prima donna’s! On the other hand, designers could not accept that the corporates valued their business to just a simple multiple of one year’s sales rather than the hundreds of crores they thought they were really worth. Further, they found it unthinkable to sell their label, which was usually their own personal name, to an alien entity and risk the possibility of losing it entirely. The result was that potential corporates such as Raymond, who even launched a Designerwear chain called BE:, baulked from backing any designers. Instead, when expansion was called for, they preferred to buy out premium, mass brands which in the case of Raymond was Color Plus. It finally devolved on foreign businesses such as LVMH, who better understood the dynamics of fashion, to invest into Indian designers.

Luckily, the new breed of Indian designers, having much less baggage of yesteryears, is far more business savvy and are able to quickly appreciate business complexities. However, Indian corporates are still tardy at making investments in Indian designers as they are still uncomfortable with the risks of the industry and still face a less than robust retail infrastructure. The saving grace has been the VC’s and other foreign investors who have made that move. Today there are a handful of Indian designers who have made it close to the Rs 100 cr. annual turnover. This includes the like of Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre. Of particular pride for us is Anita Dongre, whose pret labels and retail chains, Indo-western styled Global Desi (138 retail stores) and  Western-styled AND (125 retail stores) together with other labels add up to a solid Rs 725 cr per annum.

Although having less flourish or creativity than her brethren, Anita’s Dongre’s phenomenal success has been due to a relentless focus on Pret, sharing the business end of the stage with her MBA brother, Sawlani and the VC’s who put up the money. This is just a tip of the iceberg of what Indian fashion can do when everything falls in place. To be sure, there is still a long way to go but now the glass ceiling for Indian designers has been broken!

Vinod Kaul

Jt. Managing Director, ICoFP

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India is a country with various cultures and tradition

It was around 1980s; the late 80s and the 90s saw a spurt growth of fashion in India.

It was only in 1999 that India showcased its first-ever fashion show. Of course, there existed many designers before the 90s but the fashion industry was never that widespread until the late 80s and 90s.

The main trademark of fashion in India is because of the Bollywood industry. Since its inception, people get really inspired and keep trying to copy the designer’s styles.

In the year 1986, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India opened the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi with the help of the Fashion Institute of Technology in India.

The word fashion brings the glamour. There are 100s of designers now. Some are really popular and some are still expanding. India today is one of the mostly dense countries which are mainly giving a hand to the fashion industry in order to magnify.

The western culture has most influenced our fashion industry. However, Indian cultural fashion has not loosened its popularity too.

Our fashion industry has started to grow and is expected to propagate exponentially in the next two years.

The growing population itself is predicted to hand the fashion industry to develop manifold. The love for brand names has already gone crazy and that will increase the consumerism.

In a nutshell, it can be said that the Indian fashion industry is budding at a high pace. This industry is offering a wide range of opportunities to the creative people, artists, hard-working and innovative people.

There are plenty of job opportunities in this sector; so what I personally feel about this is that the Fashion Industry is totally going to be a professional’s career choice with a lot of fascination. Rest, the time will showcase what the industry beholds for us.

Saloni Sharma

BBA-FE (2019-21)

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How To Grow Your Fashion Business Successfully

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Beginning a business is simple, yet making it a triumph is troublesome. Actually, 90% of new businesses come up short. In the event that you need to be staying in the remaining 10%, you should realize how to grow a business. There are a lot of development methodologies you can receive to develop your organization and extend your business. fas1My point here isn’t to furnish you with a mammoth rundown of procedures, yet rather list six of the most significant, simple to-actualize activity focuses, which can enable you to develop your fashion business effectively.

So here’s what you need to focus on…..

1. Know your intended interest group

2. Make them an offer they can’t overlook

3. Keep tabs on your rivals

4. Turn your site into a lead-producing machine

5. Use web presence to achieve your prospects

6. Be mindful of your asset reports and money-flow

How about we take a gander at how each one of these six stages can prepare your fashion business to develop.

1. Know Your Intended Interest Group

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The initial phase in figuring out how to grow a business is to have a reasonable thought regarding who your objective client is. When you are clear about who is well on the way to purchase your piece of work, you have to comprehend what their necessities and torment focuses are. This will enable you to customize the general client experience to make rehash business. You can communicate with your crowd to leave a positive effect on them and assemble a solid security. Continuously give a listening ear to their surveys and convey sound proposals. Without a doubt, knowing your intended interest group well is unquestionably a venturing stone to the voyage of developing your organization effectively. It will enable you to settle on further business choices effectively.

2. Make Them An Offer They Can’t Overlook

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When you realize your objective clients’ prerequisites and woes, ensure your merchandise or service has everything to unravel those torment focuses or meet the necessities. At that point make a captivating pitch. Make your offer so convincing that your group of spectators can’t overlook. Along these lines, you can leave a positive and solid effect on your target audience. They won’t just pick you but also recommend your organization to other people.

3. Watch Your Competitors

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When you know about how the other businesses in your field make deals, it can help you in three different ways:

  • Understanding how your intended interest group uses and rates your rivals
  • Finding out the qualities and shortcomings of your rival
  • Getting a push to conceive pragmatic methodologies for your objective market ensuring that you have kept a tab on your rivals.

This May Be Done In Different Ways:

  • First, make a rundown of brands that you believe are the nearest contenders of your business or who hold the possibility to move into your commercial epicenter.
  • Once you’re finished with this, buy in to their organization online journals to get data about their way of life, new items, highlights, enlists or any association dispatch program.
  • Follow them via various networking media to remain refreshed.
  • You can go to the exchange occasions and classes that your rivals likewise go too routinely. Other than these proposals, you can decide on online apparatuses that can enable you to do the contender investigation. Discover why your rivals have turned into the main names in the business you are working. At exactly that point will you have the option to adjust your way to deal with remain in front of the challenge.

4. Transform Your Site Into A Lead-Producing Machine

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A legitimate vital methodology is expected to enhance your site to create leads for you.

Here are a couple of thoughts to grow a fashion business effectively utilizing this methodology:

  • Incorporate your business’ contact number on each page of your site.
  • Include input and reviews alongside photographs of your customers and clients.
  • Clarify your offering in a video and add this to your site.
  • Ensure your video enthralls, draws in and instructs your guests.
  • Introduce a live one-to-one chat choice.
  • Offer something to guests through spring up advertisements.
  • Utilize a straightforward text style in the site content, include pictures, and remember to keep void area between substance to keep up a pleasant and rich plan.

Furthermore, one thing you should recall, whatever approach you take for making your site a lead-producing machine, you have to test the progressions occasionally. Look at Google Analytics, for instance,  to discover which of your methodologies works best for your business, with continuous understanding, authentic information and transformation pipes.

5. Utilize Internet Based Life To Achieve Your Prospects

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In online networking, by sharing substance that increases the value of your client group and connecting with them, you can manufacture your image effectively. Be that as it may, shouldn’t be something said about achieving new clients? Is internet based business valuable in achieving new clients?

Obviously, it is. Simply begin the procedure via scanning for watchwords and hashtags that are pertinent to your business. When you type an important hashtag in social stages, you will locate various individuals discussing a similar point. You can take part in such discussions, share your mastery and get took note. Thusly, you can discover influencers who are discussing the points relevant to your business. Influencers frequently have an enormous gathering of supporters. So captivating with such influencers via web-based networking media can give you incredible presentation and help you achieve more prospects.

Some of the most effective methods to grow a fashion business on social media are to have a challenge, share gainful matter, post engrossing recordings and utilize a suggestion to take action to drive consideration of your intended interest group in online networking.

6. Know About Your Asset Reports And Money Flow

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Your accounting report comprises of point by point data about the salary and income of your business. It gives you a brisk perspective on your organization’s advantages, liabilities and value. More or less, an asset report causes you comprehend the budgetary soundness of your business. Furthermore, when you know about your organization’s money related wellbeing, you can settle on intelligent choices for further speculations that will in the end make your business suitable and feasible.

Your business resembles your child. So you deserve to become wildly successful. On the off chance that you realize your group of spectators better, offer overwhelming products and services, keep a tab of your rivals, utilize web based life and your site to achieve prospects, and realize your monetary record well; achievement will pursue.

Prof. Gulbash Duggal

Associate Dean, ICF

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The Fashionista’s Communication Platform

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Every industry is unique and so there are unique preferences for marketing tools in each industry. When discussing about communication platforms for the fashion industry, there is a knee jerk reaction to prescribe advertising and that modern-day solution to all marketing ills – sales promotion. However, nothing can be further from the truth.

Classical advertising is an expensive medium and so is often outside the reach of most designers who can be better labeled as small-scale business set-ups. Advertising is better suited to mass marketing where the per-unit exposure rate is low, but this is only possible with a big fat overall budget. Again, advertising has an impact with numbers, both in terms of reach and repetition. It cannot be finely tuned to the designers’ discerning and limited audience. As such, it would suit pret collections of strong designer brands. Perhaps the only example here in India would be of Anita Dongre’s Global Desi which is reportedly knocking sales of over rupees five hundred crores. For the rest, more mortal designers, what is left is a ‘mile-stone’ ad in a Vogue or Harper’s and that too with a much-needed gift discount from the publication. The publishers are happy to do this as they see good designer names as a cachet for their own journals.

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The scourge of sales promotion has blighted Indian marketing much as it has down in the West. Unfortunately, it has short-circuited marketing minds into believing that it is a panacea for attaining targets which are usually impossibly stretched. Any ABC textbook of marketing will tell you that SP eats into marketing brand equity and if utilized indiscriminately long enough, can kill the brand for good. Marketing designer collections is all about building value into the label. As such, SF and designer wear are as far apart as night and day. Just picture JJ Valaya enticing customers with a rupee one lakh off of his five lakh lehnga! For the couture industry, SF is just a broom to clear the shelves of unsold merchandise at the end of the season. Done properly, it should be quick and gentle, lasting no more than two weeks.

What then are the most effective promotional platforms for fashion?

For the world of high fashion, appropriate platforms are those that are the most credible, visually impactful or those that heighten a sense of exclusivity. Perhaps, the most effective is publicity and it is well within the reach of struggling designers. Typically, publicity has to be combined with an event or milestone. A fashion show, thus, combines free publicity, highly targeted audience, rich visuals, and a sense of exclusivity. In a full-blown fashion week, the ‘up-and-coming’ can share the stage with the ‘arrived’!  Brand ambassadors in the form of Bollywood starlets or even prominent socialites add power. Ultimately, the designer is the best ambassador for their own collections. The more cantankerous or shameless they can be the better for it adds gist to gossip and that all-powerful platform ‘word-of-mouth’. Page three has not lost its allure. Online sales may be the new necessity but what enriches the fashion label in both numbers and value is the trunk-show, pop-up store or the remote tucked away studio! Add to this relationship marketing and we have a winning combination.

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Vinod Kaul

Jt. Managing Director, ICoFP

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Met Gala 2019: The Camp, No Selfie Rule

It’s always very fascinating to feel that enthusiasm during the summers when there is a vibe of Met Ball, also known as Met Gala all around the world. This year on the first Monday of May, the magic held again inside the United States, New York City at ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’.

This year I must say that the Gala touched off beat heights with its theme ‘The Camp’; we all got our heads blown with the boots, backpacks and the things belonging to the nature, camping and what not but the Gala stated a different definition for it. The theme was to get the Biggest Fashion Fiesta! People were there to show up there skills, to redefine fashion in terms of irony, humor, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration. The No Selfie Rule was set by Anna Wintour with the concept to ban the invitees from taking selfies and not leaking anything from inside for the photographers to get a good value on the pictures later on.img12334

People like Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams rocked the Met Ball with great concepts that made the night worthy. Other outstanding names to mention for the evening are Kim Kardashian, Kendell Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone who appeared to be wearing very interesting attires.

Designers like Manish Arora, Dior, Donatella Versace, Iris Van Herpen again stated the creativity and out of the box thoughts in the field of fashion out there.

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The Met Ball was taken by Lady Gaga and when she stepped in, there was the zeal and fire all around with the concept; the four stages she showed up defined every element of the real ‘Camp’. The androgynous look, exaggerated outfit, sexy straight dress, and the exposure she presented was commendable .

The Met Gala always proves and shows the daring aspects of fashion and always creates a fashion environment with the rebel and risky moods. This increases the confidence of whole of the society and states the affection towards the one in the best attitude with a confidence.

Moreover, the prices of the tickets sold ranged from $35,000 to $300,000 towards the tables at upwards. No matter what the prices are, the Met Ball is always the one of its own and proves to be the platform for everyone to find something new and strong within themselves.

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Ritika Raj,

BBA-FE(2017-20)

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18th Century French Fashion

Kimberly Chrisman in her book – FASHION VICTIMS, talks on how high fashion and high social orders critically met at crossroads of extreme luxury that gave way to the revolution during the 18th century.

As an art historian specializing in fashion and textiles, she has some pretty intriguing takes on the history that came forth as the 18th century French Fashion…..Here is why…..

1. Louis XIV Understood The Power Of Clothing.

Marie Antoinette had the eternal bravura legacy, but it was Louis XIV, who ruled in the 17th century, who actually strapped the outline – those red heeled shoes he wore could never be ignored or forgotten. He had prodigious keenness for fashion and expensive things, and believed that giving precedence to such possessions made commercial sense. The French fashion industry grew to be big, powerful, and efficient. King Louis established a system of trade associations and set standards, regulations and structure to the industry. Soon the fashion business had unions that provided society and power.

2. Anything Could Become Fashion Inspiration.

French brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier invented the first hot air balloon in 1783. A bag of hot air might not seem a likely source of fashion inspiration, but it sure did, with the industry hoping to ride the coattails of the popular innovation. Montgolfière even became a term in hair styling.

3. Fashion Magazines Came Out Every 10 Days.

Imagine if Vogue was published every week…. In the late 1700s, fashion magazines managed to make the rounds despite having a narrow group of subscribers in the most elite circles. Servants would then read the latest news and maintain the already fast moving fashion cycle.

4. Everything Was Outdated Immediately.

Hat makers, (known as the milliners), served a hugely important role in 18th century fashion, both in defining the look of the time and driving it frontward. They gave their styling topical names to set them in a specific place in time. Any new accessory or trimming had a ticking clock on it from the moment it was sent out into the market. This “planned obsolescence,” as Chrisman-Campbell calls it, gave milliners incredible power over the industry and ensured a steady stream of clients.

5. Everything Was Custom, And Everyone Was A Designer.

People would work with hat makers, dressmakers, and sometimes even fabric salesmen to create one-of-a-kind articles. Marchandes de Modes became powerful in the framework of the association system since even though the dressmakers could only shape a dress with the same fabric as a rule, a Marchandes de Modes could make it with whatever material but not sew a dress (not legally back then). They delivered assortments and customization that made them highly pursued.

6. Even Royals Thrift.

Secondhand clothing was legitimately regular among the rich, and a lot of people were wore pieces that were formerly owned twice or even three times before. Flea markets were popular destinations, and Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting were lucky enough to score her hand-me-downs, which they would wear or sell. The fact that servants often wore the garments their masters had been sporting recently speaks to both the importance and the disposability of fashions at the time. The industry was moving at rapid speeds.

7. The Pouf Was More Than A Look—It Was A Statement.

The iconic pouf hair styling of the time—with their feathers, flowers, ribbon, lace, jewelry, fruit and other miscellanea—weren’t just about looking cool or displaying wealth; they were meant to be a reflection of personal and cultural events, or even important events in social life or politics such as the American Revolution. Topical fashions extended to fans, men’s waistcoats, and even gowns.

8. Rose Bertin Was A Rockstar Designer Of The Time.

Bertin was a milliner who was introduced to Marie Antoinette by the Duchess of Chartres and, from there, became one of the “it” designers in Paris. She charged a lot for her work and even had servants and a carriage. As someone who started out in a lower class, Bertin’s ascension to life among the royals was a subject of controversy. She was also unique in that she dressed the queen as well as others, which was previously not allowed. Marie Antoinette wanted Bertin to be a part of the world of fashion, which is why she didn’t demand exclusivity.

9. Black Was The New Black.

During the 18th century, being in mourning was often more about etiquette than actual grief. Widows stayed in mourning attire for a year, and it was customary for the entire court to don funeral wear if any member of the European royal family died. Black was in such regular rotation in the outfit color scheme that people got quite used to it and began to value its practicality. As mourning traditions started to fade, black became a color of everyday dress.

10. Napoleon Eventually Brought Fashion Back.

When Napoleon became the Emperor in 1804, he wanted to return to the fashionable days of Louis XVI as he believed encouraging the industry would help with the economy. He brought back luxurious dress and helped to breathe some life back into a facet of business and society that had been striked out during the boisterous years of the French Revolution.

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Gulbash Duggal,

Dean ICF

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Tamanna Chawla ICF Alum (2016-2019)


tamnaMy name is Tamanna Chawla and I am a student of BBA in Fashion Entrepreneurship at International          College of Fashion. After completing school as a commerce student, I was really excited to start my studies at  ICF specifically because the course revolved around the business aspect of Fashion just as much it did  around  the practical aspect of product creation.
The learnings here encouraged me to read more about how a Fashion Business survives in the real world. It  helped me to view situations from the perspective of an actual business and explore more about it with the  help of my faculties. We were given various projects that revolved around the idea of how a company works,  sells and survives in the real industry.
During my term, I was given the opportunity to intern at the largest Indian buying house, Triburg  Consultants where I interned for 6 months as an Assistant Production Merchant in the Home department. At Triburg, I learned about a whole new category of goods which was an overwhelming experience. It helped me gain knowledge about the working of the mass industry, manufacturing of home goods and how business is conducted at an international level. It also helped me realize the significance of every role of the supply chain- from a weaver to the retailer.
Overall, I am really grateful to be given an opportunity to work in the home department at Triburg and learn about a new category which I would have missed otherwise.
After interning at Triburg for 6 months, I interned at a garment export house- Pee Empro Exports, for 2 months, to learn more about the manufacturing and making of garments from scratch. At Pee Empro, I had a first-hand experience of seeing how goods are made as per the seasons, forecasts and the buyer’s requirement.
Later, I interned at THREE which is apparel label based in Lado Sarai, New Delhi. At THREE, I learned how products are made and marketed under the very same roof. Here, I was able to use my learnings from ICF and understand the necessity of every function of the business. It was easier for me to understand the working as I was able to relate with all that was taught at ICF.
THREE is a five year old company which retails functional, minimal and timeless women’s wear through its own online store and other multi-designer outlets across India and various other countries. While I was interning at THREE, we used to have discussions about expanding the business into other categories- men’s wear, etc and how to go about it.
Eventually, after the completion of my internship, I was offered a job as an Assistant Designer at THREE. Now I am responsible for a part of the women’s wear line, entire men’s wear line and I am also an active part of the retail and marketing function alongside the expansion of the brand
I have a vision for THREE and I see a lot of scope for expansion of the brand and I am really passionate about making it happen. I feel this is why it becomes even more exciting to work here.
I also remember while I was interning at THREE, I had a word regarding work with our associate dean, Gulbash Ma’am and her words were “You have to make your space in a company”. These words were stuck in my mind while the rest of my internship term at THREE and I believe, that is how, I was able to make space for myself. My faculties’ wise words have guided me throughout the course and I am very grateful for the same.

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Events

TARANG 2019

“Things end but memories last forever”. College Fest is one of those memories that we cherish and remember throughout our lives.

International College held its 19th Annual event, Tarang’ 2019, where the college’s students were given a chance to showcase their talent and we came across participants with colossal / immense skill.  Our Annual Cultural Festival is dedicated to the celebration of creativity. With competitions in the field of dramatics, dance, film and photography, music, debating, and creative writing, and informal events with a quirky twist, Tarang promises to be an unforgettable event. The professional rock show, the Stand Up Comedy show, the much awaited Grand Finale, and Fashion show have definitely upped the fun quotient of the fest.

Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, music, art wisdom and nature, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. The event started with offering prayers to Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesha.  The honorable guests for the event were Retired Lieutenant Rita Gangwani, who is a multi-gifted motivational speaker and Ms Nida Mahmood, designer who dabbles in Fashion, Graphics, Art, Film, Installation, and Interiors. The familiarity of communicating with such experienced people was simply outstanding.

This time the students were on their toes from the past one and a half month for the preparation to give their best outcome and they surely did. The dedication in designing the garments, their constructions, preparing the installations, preparing for the skits, dances, awards, and the most important their grooming for their own appearance on the stage so that they could rock with their confidence.

Awards such as Student of the year, best faculty of the year, young achievers, etc were all presented in the event as per the respective courses. Tarang led people gather together and made them feel their achievements and victories to celebrate all together. The fashion show had different themes such as Egyptian, Cindrella, Red Carpet and Modern sarees, letting the audience feel. Moreover dance performances like Hip Hop, Bhangra, Bollywood, Contemporary Bharatanatyam, robotics and many more amazed the people by the energies students got in their performances. To create a melodious and musical aura, singing performances were arranged. Awards and achievements encouraged the people and staff for their work and dedication throughout the year to motivate them to give their best further as well.

Towards the end, Mr. Shubham Pandey and Ms. Ananya Singh won the title of Mr. and Ms. Tarang respectively. For Mr. and Ms. Personality, the award was given to Mr. Shivam Daga and Ms. Krupa Abraham, respectively. All the participants were at their best. Their enthusiasm was on the next level to make the show successful.

These students designed their garments themselves according to the trends and themes. The color forecast was on peak and the research and study about the whole concept was in their minds all the time. They learned on to the team work, how to handle the chaos, how to work on tight deadlines with some complications and so on. They felt their excitements, their confidence, the enthusiasm, the victory of their dedication, patience and got all that on their plate at last with all the fun.

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