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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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Startups Get Major Boost In Budget 2019

The government will set-up another TV program on DD, solely for new businesses in the Nation.  Many changes crosswise over work laws, instruction, and rental lodging to directly affect new businesses in the nation.

In a noteworthy lift to a large number of new entrepreneurial ventures in India, the administration declared a large group of motivations to “liberalize the enterprising soul” as expressed by India’s first woman finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.

These incorporate a TV program solely for new businesses, facilitating remote direct speculation rules in startup portions like staple, online business and sustainability conveyance, proposing a large group of upgrades to the advanced installment frameworks biological system that helps new companies guaranteeing new companies don ‘t feel the warmth of heavenly attendant expense from IT experts.

Like the first, the administration will initiate a new TV program on national telecaster Doordarshan, solely for new companies in the nation, which will fill in a stage to match financial speculators with growing new businesses. The TV program will be planned and executed, and be run by start-ups, Sitharaman said.

Aside from this, the administration will help set up around 80 “work business incubators” and 20 technology-based business incubators in FY19-20, which as indicated by Sitharaman will make 75,000 talented business visionaries in horticultural industry divisions.

The finance minister has additionally proposed 100% FDI in insurance-mediators, a category that most new businesses fall in. Aside from this, the legislature has additionally allowed 100% FDI in single-brand retail and proposed expelling the 30% nearby sourcing standards. Experts state that new businesses like Pepperfry, Urban Ladder, Home Lane, Livspsace and other people who operate through the physical stores will likewise be profited by the new recommendations.

Also, Sitharaman declared a few measures to streamline work laws, instruction, and rental lodging clause which will directly affect new companies in the nation. The finance minister also said that work laws will be modernized into a lot of “four work codes” so as to “institutionalize enrollment and recording of profits and loss disputes”.

The ‘Stand up India’ scheme, launched in 2016, to back entrepreneurship in women and the lowered segment of the society, will be more long-drawn-out during the whole extent of 2020-2025, according to the finance minister.

“To further empower the women entrepreneurs, women SHG Interest Subvention Program to be expanded across India,” Sitharaman said while declaring the budget.

New businesses won’t be exposed to any sort of examination in regard to sharing esteem premium. A system is additionally being set up for e-confirmation, Sitharaman said. Indeed, even the valuation of Category II AIF reserves (Real domain reserves, private value reserves (PE assets), and assets for distressed resources are enlisted as Category II exchange venture assets, or AIFs) out of IT investigation, the account minster proposed in her Budget Speech.

Prof. Gulbash Duggal

Associate Dean, ICF

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Fabric – The Heart of Clothing

We, the students of BBA FE 2019-2022 got a chance to visit the fabric outlet on 2nd August. The main idea of the visit was to plant the basic knowledge of fabrics to us since we have just embarked on our journey into the fashion industry. For students who have just stepped into the world of fashion, acquaintance with different kinds of fabric is very significant.  HP Singh is a multi-story fabric outlet with different departments and a huge amount of fabrics on each floor. Initially, we were taken to the silk section where two employees took us through a huge range of fabrics displayed at the shop. We were made to touch and feel different fabrics and gained a lot of knowledge about fabric blending. We looked at fabrics that were pure and others which were polyester – mixed like cotton lawn, organza, viscose, raw silk, satin, crepe and got to know their texture.  Ms. Bharti Mishra, the teacher-in-charge for the visit had an immense amount of knowledge about fabric and guided us along as we went through varied fabric sections. She also explained to us the uses for different kinds of fabrics shown to us and gave value to little details about the fabric.  She had a splendid knowledge about the prices of different fabrics and was inquisitive about the same. We learned how prices vary with different fabrics due to the material used and the kind of techniques used in the making of the fabric. For instance, Cotton viscose being pure was more expensive as compared to the polyester mixed viscose.

After enough displaying of different fabrics and prints, we were taken to the basement where we met Mr. Bakshi, the owner of the outlet.  He introduced to us a whole different variety of plain cotton fabrics which varied in their thickness because of the differences in the thickness of yarns and also, the warp and weft techniques. He laid in front of us various cotton fabrics like cotton voile, poplin, percale, canvas, jacquard, and many others. We learned about different constructions: weaving and knitting. Weaving is done by warp and weft technique and knitting is the interlocking of yarns. We witnessed knitting in fabrics like Croatia, shantley, nylon, cable knit. He made the knowledge of huge amount of fabrics look easy to us by the way he presented them one after one and did not pull back from clearing our doubts and questions.

H P SinghH.P. Singh over the past 40 years has been leading fabric suppliers to a thousand of our customers worldwide.  Located in Nehru Place, they’re literally a one-stop-shop for any kind of fabric that you’re on the prowl for. They are an acclaimed supplier of various types of man-made fabrics, designer drapery fabrics, designer upholstery fabrics, natural fiber and numerous blends of linen with cotton, viscose, elastic, silk, polyester and other blended fiber. They are known in the market for high quality and are likely to meet all your fabric demands.

In a nutshell, our experience of the visit was an interesting and definitely a successful one. We can never have complete expertise in fabrics in just one go but we are now very familiar with them and know a basic inside story into the world of fabrics.  I really look forward to visiting more such shops and enhance my comprehension of different fabrics.

Tanisha Gupta

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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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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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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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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Here’s What You Need To Look for in Best Institute for Fashion Designing

If you wish to start a career in the fashion industry it goes without saying that you need to choose the best college for fashion designing. The popularity of this career option has led to the mushrooming of colleges and institutes across the country. Not all are likely to offer you the same kind of training or exposure you need in an industry that sees cut-throat competition. So how do you separate the good institutes from the ordinary ones? Here’s what you need to look for in the best institute for fashion designing –

# The Course Program
There are various courses offered by the colleges at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels apart from several short-term courses. Naturally, you should start choosing an institute after reviewing the course program thoroughly. Does it cover the areas you are interested in? For instance, if you wish to make a career in fashion marketing and merchandizing you should choose an institute that offers you specialized programs in this domain. Never make the mistake of taking up a course you may not be passionate about.

# Location of the Institute
The location of the institute plays a very important role when you are choosing a college for fashion. It is an area where exposure to the industry plays a very important role in introducing students to knowledge as well as the latest trends and ideas in the industry. If you study in an institution that is located in one of the remote parts of the country you aren’t likely to get the same exposure. This is why you will find the best institutes for fashion designing in cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

# Hands-on Training
While choosing an institute in Delhi or Mumbai would serve as an advantage you’d be naïve to think that every institution in these cities would offer you the same kind of exposure. Know the kind of internship opportunities the institute offers as working with a top designer or label would help you sharpen your skills. Similarly, the course should take you out of the classroom and let you work in models which help you understand the challenges in the industry. The institution should invite guest faculty who share their experiences within the industry.

When you keep these things in mind you will be able to choose the best institute for fashion designing in the country. Remember your choice of institute will lay the foundation for your career and you need to make the right choice.

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The Best Institute for Fashion Designing

When it comes to choosing an institute for fashion designing there are two things that every aspirant must focus on. The first is of course the obvious – the institute should harness your creativity and offer you exposure that will help you grow your ideas. At International College of Fashion (ICF) we create the most conducive environment for you to express your creativity and fine tune it for the competitive market outside. What separates us from other institutes is ‘second’ thing that we inculcate in every student i.e. in-depth understanding of the business side or economics of this industry.

If you take a close look at our course program and compare with some of the other colleges for fashion designing in India you’d see that we have created the perfect balance between designing and business side of the industry. As you’d already know without in-depth knowledge in either of these you won’t be able to achieve success in this career path. With competition having grown at a tremendous pace over the last decade or so with the entry of several foreign brands and labels into the Indian market your success is often determined by how well you understand the business of fashion.

Develop skills to meet competition
Our core aim has always been to develop the right kind of skills in our students to help them face competition that one is expected to find in the industry. From spotting the trends to developing problem solving skills we focus on overall skill development for our students.

Fostering innovation… 
While every fashion designing college claims of boosting your creativity and innovation the truth is they tie you up with a fixed course curriculum. This is where we offer great room for flexibility in our course program to help you shape the dreams that you bring along and add bigger wings to them.

A step into global world of fashion…
We are an Indian fashion designing college with a global frame of mind. Our aim isn’t merely to help our students find employment in India or start with their entrepreneurial venture but also to make sure they have one foot into the global fashion business. Many of our students have moved abroad and have been able to establish their footprint in this industry.

Come and join us. We shall lay the perfect platform for your success in this competitive industry and write the first chapter in your career’s success.

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