CAMPUS WATCH: Young designers draw inspiration from India
LEARNING from designer Angela Missoni, United States turnaround expert Jeffry Aronsson, Australian Fashion Week founder Simon Lock and other great minds from all spectra of the design industry at the world's biggest conference for fashion institutes was a unique educational experience for PJ College of Art & Design (PJCAD) students.
The 14th Annual Conference of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes in Jaipur, India, was officiated by Missoni.
The event was a rare and exciting session of cross-cultural learning, providing a stimulus for creativity to the students.
The college fashion and industry head Es Azren says: "The fashion trends shared by leaders like Missoni and Aronsson, along with issues addressed such as multicultural identities, virtual connections and commercial opportunities helped students acquire a good understanding of the challenges in the global fashion and design industry."
Hosted by Pearl Academy of Fashion, a globally renowned education institution with campuses in New Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Chennai, the college fashion design students thoroughly enjoyed their three-week tour which included educational workshops, visits to craft markets and studies on Indian culture and heritage, creative textiles, and arts and fashion.
Jaipur, dubbed Pink City, proved to be a rich source of fabrics, jewellery and accessories that provided the students with abundant material and inspiration for their designs.
They witnessed craftsmen working on miniature paintings, block printing, bangles and other delicate items, applying time-honoured techniques.
Both the college and the academy are part of Laureate International Universities, one of the largest networks of private universities in the world.