Inspired from different parts of India, over 200 fashion design students from Hamstech Institute of Fashion and Interior Design are gearing up for their annual fashion show titled ‘Indigenous India’ to be held on Sunday. The students, mentored by ace designer Neeta Lulla, were divided into 31 teams a few months ago and have been working hard for the big event since.
“We had interactive sessions with Neeta Lulla and got to learn so much. My collection is about the Kumbh Mela and the aghoris. I used jersey tie-and-dye techniques and hand embroidery, among others. I am excited because my collection will be showcased on the ramp,” says Syed Jesika. While Debarti Dutta adds, “I got inspired by the interiors of the Taj Mahal. The experience has been great and everyone can see all the hard work that we have put in since the last four years.”
From ancient Indian doors, Sheesh Mahal and Rogan art to denim kalamkari and ghungrus, the students have come up with some out-of-the-box ideas and designs. Gayatri Devi says that working in a team and learning things practically has been a worthwhile experience. Tanvi Mittal adds, “I fused ethnic and Western wear in my denim kalamkari collection. People have been appreciating it a lot and I am positive that it will stand out from the rest.”
On the other hand, Vineet and Shravya Sri’s collection has been inspired by the Kalachakra. “We thought this was a unique theme because the chakras are not just known in India, but all over the world. Mustard, rust, black and blue are some of the colours that we used,” informs Shravya.
Interestingly, Vineet dropped out from an engineering college to pursue fashion. “My parents weren’t happy that I took up fashion, but are now satisfied with the progress,” he says.
Shreeya Pittie’s theme is about mughal floral motifs. “I had to do a lot of research to come up this collection,” she says.
Pratima Kanodia’s collection is about nathanis. “They are the nose rings that women wear. I used block prints on saris and lehengas. I am excited, but also nervous,” Pratima concludes.