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THE COLLECTION, MESMERISING PAITHANI, WAS THE UNANIMOUS WINNER OF THE FIRST PRIZE.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION FROM GEN NEXT
Students from six institutes displayed 10 collections for the Students’ Sustainable Fashion Contest and stayed true to the theme, ‘My Own Way’. They experimented with the crafts and textiles from various parts of India and brought in their versions of green and sustainable fashion.
For The Thick Skinned collection, denim jeans were recycled into funky dresses, skirts and accessories inspired by the forts of Rajasthan and the Daboo prints. Working with woollen shawls from the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, A Range From The Himalayas had sharply cut jackets, shift dresses, cape-sleeved mini dresses and quilted dresses with embroidered borders in black/white and grey that was perfect to win the First RunnerUp Prize.
On white muslin, the collection called ‘Bhuli Art Painting of Uttarakhand’ came alive with vegetable dyes, as female faces and forms were painted on capes, dresses, pants, flared tops and skirts.
The collection, Mesmerising Paithani, was the unanimous winner of the First Prize. It had the
Paithani motif woven in ivory, with touches of grey and coloured stripes for the lovely pleated dresses, jackets, pants, shift dresses and tunics with overlapping low-waist creations that were teamed with matching sling totes. The cutwork of Rajasthan inspired the Vilay collection in ivory, with hints of colours for the one-shoulder maxi, two-tone sari
with one-shoulder choli, pants, cowled mini and asymmetric skirt.
The beauty of the Toda shawls in black, white and red inspired the Toda Collection, which included the cold-shoulder dress, jumpsuit, playsuit-cum-mini and a long men’s kurta, using the weave in a very interesting manner. The ‘Gender Bender’ theme of unisex jackets, pants, reversible shirts in printed stripes on organic cotton and eri silk were ideal agender apparel for the Beyond Gender collection.
Japanese culture came to the forefront for the Masters of Nuances line in all-black wool blended with linen and ikat for western wear, which won the Special Jury Award.
The Pattachitra collection, inspired by the paintings from Odisha in brown, yellow and green, highlighted men’s and women’s kurtas, saris, one-shoulder blouses, cholis and cape-sleeved outfits. Heirloom of Kasavu was the gold and ivory checked line created from Kerala fabrics that were turned into asymmetric long-sleeved shirts, dresses, waistcoats, jackets, pleated empire-bodice dresses and pencil skirts with balloon-sleeved blouses.
The GFI Conference 2018 showcased some truly innovative and glamorous green fashion trends and set a new benchmark for the global sustainable fashion movement.