gulbash duggal deanThe development of the Fashion Entrepreneurship program has been a creative exercise in itself. As a directional and conceptual designer, I have always found that the "personal" is so important in defining identity. If there was ever a time to stake out a personal vision, defy market conventions, and rev up the creative engines, it is now. Innovation and thoughtfulness may be the only route for students, and I can’t think of a more critical time than now for all thinking to become international.

There is something unique about India, and ICF specifically launched the FE program, with the intention of facilitating an exchange of ideas between the traditional academic disciplines and design education. If we are to maintain the spotlight on the new fashion hub as a bright centre and a resource for innovative design, we must reprogram that next generation of talent right here.

At the end of the day, I am trying to create "idea people"—better thinkers who are aware of the bigger picture.

I must first thank the Academic Council at ICF, whose foresight and generosity were instrumental in the creation of this program, the first of its kind in the country. I think the program reflects their innovative design sensibility, business acumen, adventurous spirit, and, perhaps most important, their deep interest in humanity.

Since its founding, ICF has been a leading innovator in design education. That’s the reason ICF is the perfect place for the study in Fashion Entrepreneurship….. to live and to develop and advance in the study of fashion. Students in this program will find a studio-based learning environment within a larger social and critical context.

Prof. Gulbash Duggal ICF