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Victorian Era with an Indian Twist at Asian Designer Week – 2019

Victorian era, a glamorous time period for rich Indian textiles. The fusion of these two far apart poles was the theme of our project this time. The challenge at hand was to bring to life, a garment which was set in the victorian era but fabricated in authentic Indian Textiles. It may seem like an easy thing, in theory, it did to us too, but when it came to practicality, this was the hardest thing about the project.

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We began our quest with updating our knowledge on everything related to the victorian era fashion: the silhouettes, the fabrics, the colors, all design elements, accessorization, utility wear, etc. The Victorian era was a time of flowy, fluffy ball gown, of lacy parasols, of large, feathery hats, of elegance, of feminity. People of that era had dress codes for specific occasions, there were high societal expectations for women, and to fit those expectations women’s fashion was changed drastically.

Next came our research on Indian textiles, which was an eye-opening experience because we happen to neglect our beautiful collection of textiles every single day. Indian textiles are rich in culture, color, and history of their origins.

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This collection was to be displayed at the Asian Designer Week 2019, so our deadlines were tight. I personally believe in practical learning, and taking on a challenge to stitch a garment to be displayed in a fashion show, was on my list for long. This time, I was able to successfully take that challenge head-on. After all the approvals in line, and the fabric ready at hand, I drafted patterns for my design with the help of my wonderful faculty always ready to help me. It took me around 4-5 days to completely perfect my garment, and another couple of days to complete my accessorization. I chose to make a parasol on my own as part of my accessorization, along with a waist belt and a ruffled necktie, which completed the whole look.

Our show was scheduled on 6th October 2019 at Hotel A Dot by GNH, ambiance island, Gurugram. We reached the venue around 1 pm the same day, with all our things ready for the show. After a few minor issues backstage, we were able to get our models ready for the display in time, which was a feat in itself, but also a nerve-wracking experience, because that entailed that the show was about to begin.

Our display went wonderfully well, without any mishaps, which made us all let out a breath we didn’t know we were all holding in.

To me, this whole project will always be dear to my heart, because it was an amazing concept, brought to reality by my own hard work, day and night, and I’ll forever cherish it as a student, and furthermore.

Abhilasha Sharma
3rd Semester, BBA FE (2018-2021)

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DELHI TIMES FASHION WEEK

The Delhi Times Fashion Week (DTFW) had a glittering start in the capital on Friday. The three-day fashion extravaganza, powered by Danj Entertainment, had an impressive line-up of designers from the fashion industry showcasing their finest collections. Day 1 was all about festive fashion and had known names like Rina Dhaka, Anupamaa Dayal, Nikhita Tandon and designer duo Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor headlining the event, which is being held at Roseate House, Aerocity. The event began on Friday, 20th September and ended till the 22nd of September. The event also showcased collections by Madame, Cantabil, Charu Parashar, Marks & Spencers etc.

It was an initiative by the Times group and had many other sponsors which include Toni & Guy, Delhi Times, Transworld, Danj and many more. We, as design students got an opportunity to visit the shows on different days in different groups.

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We went to the first show on the 20th of September with a group of 10 fellow classmates. While waiting long for the show to start, we saw celebrities like Harsh Khullar and Bandhana Sondhi. As we entered the hall, we got all the fashion vibes as we saw the ramp, dim-lit and all lights, camera, actions ready! We took our allotted seats and in no time, the show started. It was Anupama Dayal’s “Banjaran” collection that was being showcased. The garments were all very bright and colourful yet not blazing to the eye. They were in Indian silhouettes and comprised mostly of lehenga-choli with dupatta and suit-salwar. There was a smart use of fabric and fabrics of different prints were used in contrast-different fabric print and colour for the shirt, sleeve, skirt and dupatta. Gota work was quite prominent in the hemlines of the skirt and dupatta in many outfits. Tassels were hanging around in the dupattas and the blouses along with the braided hair of the models. This was a catchy part of the show as all the models were styled in two braids with colourful tassels and ribbons hanging around their hair to give the banjara look. Models were also seen in nicely draped sarees in red and green with a dangling belt around the waist. Overall, the collection was quite lovely and very traditional and festive. It gives playful and quirky vibes-Indian yet not traditional. One unique and overlooked element of the show was the footwear-all models were wearing same footwears i.e beige jootis with tassels handing round them!

The show ended with the entry of Anupama Dayal on the ramp and all her models following her and dancing around. They all gathered at the front and bent down on their knees, dancing depicting the joy and merry that banjarans have. Anupama wore a yellow saree with a red blouse, almost matching her collection.

We absolutely loved the collection and the show itself! We had many takeaways and learnings from the show and are looking forward for more such opportunities.

Tanisha
BBA FE 2019 -2022

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A Glimpse of Culture at Crafts Museum

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Urban Lifestyle, Crafts Museum is a place where all this comes to a halt. Crafts Museum is a Governmental Organisation based out of New Delhi, working for the showcasing and promotion of the crafts and textile sector majorly. Worldwide people travel to this place just to experience 1000’s of rich artifacts present here, which really helps them to make a connection with the modern consumer.

So, our College planned a tour for us to experience the whole beauty and collect the maximum possible treasure we can carry with us. We fetched on our autos, collected our tickets and entered one of the four major sections of the museum.

The first section was a really peaceful and serene atmosphere, one can totally smell and feel it like a village. It depicts the culture and art of rural and tribal India. There were many kinds like Kullu Hut, Gond Hut, Banni Hut, Orissa Courtyard, West Bengal Hut and many more. Every Hut was mentioned with a small plate beside them which justifies their origin and the significance of that particular construction. It just made all of us think, how ancient people have been so imaginative, artistic and also technically right without no prior knowledge or I should say academic knowledge. Somehow this is the beauty of our own India, we are so rich in cultures and crafts that knowingly or unknowingly we all are imbibed with some sort of art. There was again some man-made machinery, means of transportation like Gadulia bullock cart used by rural people to serve them on a daily basis.

Now, we knocked into another section of the museum, where artisans from across the country were exhibiting their wares and artifacts. It was on the premises of the museum; these stalls were selling decorative kites which obviously no one would ever like to get them crashed while flying. We had a small talk with almost all exhibitors, they acknowledged us with the information that what is it which is actually making them stand out of the crowd. Kite sellers were based out of Etawah, Uttar Pradesh and were ready to claim that they are the only manufacturer of such kites, which are so finely constructed and that too in some other shapes as well. Besides this, there were some contemporary arts, fancy diaries which we would like to keep till decades, deeply thoughtful bookmarks, cards, and paintings. Paintings were basically Madubhani Paintings, craftsperson shared the whole story with us from raw material to the product, the average time required to paint for one huge painting, about his costing, from where he is managing to get this whole stuff and of course his passion for the one. Next, we have handcrafted Juttis, Fabrics with absorbing prints and embroideries, Trendy accessories; I got purchased one for me being a true fan of accessories. Lastly, we enjoyed making some hyper-creative pottery stuff with aesthetic Rajasthani music which was anyway cherry on the cake.

Another section, we entered had some real tastes of ancient jewelry, paintings, ancient lamps, utensils, range of cane and bamboo arts, clay and terracotta figures and lot more which were speaking out loud about their origins, significance and some quality facts about them. It was an amazing experience to go to each and every window, clicking its picture and fanaticizing about what story I can re-create with all these ancient ones.

Last, section which was centred on a huge carrier of ancient times was solely devoted to the whole lot of textiles of India.  Entry was beautifully decorated with so many colourful fabrics, natural dyes sample and their sources. Also, I got my hands on the screen which was installed exactly in front of the entrance. The purpose of this screen was to enlighten you with the idea of different type of fabrics and which part of India is majorly producing it. I am sure it was one of the good information to absorb. Okay, so now we got to see diverse fabrics region wise like silk, cotton, check silk, brocades and what not. Different embroideries as well namely Zari, Phulkari, Kashmiri, Kantha, Chikankari and many more. There were some visually stimulating garments also hanged in the windows again specifying their region. After taking up a glance at this section, I felt like if an Artisan is promoted, Patola would find another generation, Kutch embroidery would be a Christian Dior adornment, Benarsi Zari work would go for Oscar’s red carpet, Kantha would embellish Gucci Trench Coat, Jawaja would have Jimmy Choo finesse and artisan will find motivation for life.

All over it was gratifying experience for all of us.  Lot to learn and even more to come that’s what I can say to wrap it up.

 

Shradha Jain

MBA FE 2019-2021

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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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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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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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Role of Adaptation in Fashion…

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The fashion industry has a wide range of trends which change every now and then and people always adapt to them. Moreover, in some countries, there are different scenarios in fashion and the adaptation levels vary. This activity of adaptation in our lives keeps us growing in a certain manner and we feel updated and a part of the society.It is a common affair but yet important to be discussed because of the increasing speed of trends.

Every creative person such as designers, journalists, writers, bloggers, photographers and the like are making efforts to meet the brief and get the adaptation parallel to the growth of globalization. The aspect of globalization in a certain manner opened the doorway to meet and greet the ideas of different cultures. The businesses are spreading widely and fashion is taking its place on a higher scale everyday.

Some brands like Levi’s, Coco Chanel, Mc Donald’s and more faced challenges when they moved to other countriesrole3and looked at their cultures, rules, convenience, comfortability and affordability.

 

 

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So there is not only design which needs adaptation but also the aspects of life and the country where the business is planned or about to be settled. Taking the example of Levi’s,  the weight of their denims in New York City and in India is way too different as people in India are not comfortable with the ones available in New York. So, their businesses in different countries have different production criteria and rules set by the government as well for the dyes, tags, labels, packaging and fabrics and the business has to be molded accordingly.

 

Therefore, Levi’s productions runs on different rules for separate countries with different preferencesrole5 and that is how  adaptation proves it’s existence in today’s world. It is as important as the profits of a business and proves that it is an important aspect for businesses to run effectively and on the other hand, for the consumers to greet the change.

 

 

 

 Shubhi Goel,

BBA-FE (2017-2020)

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Trip to Jaipur

Recently, we, the students of international college of fashion, along with our faculty, went on an educational trip to Jaipur.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city, is full of visitors’ attractions, including the famous Amer fort, Hawamahal, Jal Mahal etc. Jaipur also offers a wide range of learning opportunities for fashion students like us, including educational workshops on block printing techniques, anokhi museum of hand painting, handicraft markets, etc.

Our trip was scheduled from 25th of March to 28th of March. On 26th we attended a workshop on a block printing technique called Dabu print, which involves use of a specially prepared mud mix with ingredients like babool tree gum, lime water and mud, etc. It is prepared in advance and is quick dried with the help of finely grated wood remains to speed up the process. All the students made their own products like stoles, scarves and dupattas through Dabu. A special feature of Dabu is that in the dyeing process, we only use natural dyes, no chemical dyes are used. Most widely found color is indigo, since it’s the most commonly found natural dye. In the workshop we had a hands-on experience of Dabu printing, which was an enriching learning experience as a fashion student.

On 27th we visited the Anokhi museum of hand printing. The museum is home to the history of various forms of hand printing and block printing, including techniques like Bagru print and Sanganeri print. The museum has on display different examples of historic clothing of India and parts of now Pakistan, the reasoning of why people wore what they did, in what areas, what season, etc.
All combined, this trip was full of new learnings, and we have now gained knowledge that is going to prove useful to us as students in the future. This trip to Jaipur opened new gates of opportunities and possibilities for us in the industry in future.

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