National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is organizing an International Conference: ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ in the new year, with the aim of initiating a conversation on fashion, culture, textiles, crafts and sustainability. As a prelude to this conference, NIFT hosted a preview involving an engaging panel discussion in the presence of keynote speaker David Abraham and its star alumni - Sunita Shanker, Suket Dhir, Sanjay Garg, Pratima Pandey, and Swati Kalsi on 6th December 2017 at New Delhi.
At the symposium to be held from 31st January to 2nd February, 2018, leading global voices who will be heard include: Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum FIT, New York; David Abraham, Creative Director, Abraham & Thakore; Kate Fletcher, Research Professor, Centre For Sustainable Fashion, London College of Art; Radha Chadha, writer and luxury brand expert; Narendra Kumar, Creative Director- Amazon, amongst others.
Sarada Muraleedharan, Director General-NIFT says, “NIFT has been working with both ends of the fashion spectrum - the legacy of centuries of honed knowledge on crafts and textiles on the one hand, and modern design consciousness and global trends on the other, and believes that this is a seamless continuum of knowledge, practice and sensibility, where each end can be enhanced through understanding and interface with the other”.
The upcoming symposium will be flagged off with a fashion show featuring the works of celebrated designers who are NIFT alumni. Craft tours, a craft marketplace, performances and craft demonstrations will be the other highlights of the three-day symposium that tries to reestablish current fashion to their roots of origin.
The world in recent times has witnessed a subtle shift in the focus of fashion from business considerations to a more responsible attitude towards sustainability concerns. Slow design, green production processes, waste generation and disposal systems, management of end-to-end solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives with mindfulness towards ecological fragility are being incorporated into the design community and the industry.