National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata organised their Convocation and Annual Graduation show that saw 81 fashion sequences. The programme was held recently for two days at The Park Hotel and the Royal Bengal Hall in City Centre, Salt Lake.
The first day three departments of NIFT Kolkata namely Masters in Fashion Management, Bachelor of Fashion Technology and Bachelor of Textile Design commemorated their graduating event and convocation ceremony of the aspiring young graduates from their respective departments at The Park Hotel in Kolkata.
Dr. Subrata Gupta, IAS, Jute Commissioner from Ministry of Textiles graced the occasion as the chief guest for the programme. Dr. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary of National Jute Board from Ministry of Textiles, Dr. D. Chattopadhyay, Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, veteran fashion designer and Dr. Asvini Kumar Yadav, IAS, Commissioner of Textiles, Govt. of West Bengal graced the occasion as guests of honour. The brief of various projects undertaken by the students were showcased in form of audio-visual presentations.
Textile Design Department showcased their design collections in the Textile Graduation Show ‘TANTU 2013’. These collections were developed during their final year graduation projects, carried out over 18 weeks in the industry under the guidance of the faculty and industry mentors. The students developed the collections in major textile companies across the country on the basis of trend forecast for the forthcoming seasons.
From the Textile Department, Shreya Kanoi won the Best Academic Performance, Best Graduation Project award and Most Creative Collection, while Nikhar Jain won Best Graduation Project award.
The graduation projects done by the Fashion Technology students have taken manifestation of their creativity and discipline coupled with their ability to think of imaginative business propositions in a competitive business environment and cover a wide range of research areas such as supply chain management, product range development, process Improvisation, software solutions, merchandising, lean manufacturing, critical path management, establishing standard operating procedures, plant layout, design and logistics, and the likes.
From the Fashion Technology Department, Sanchari Dutta won the Best Academic Performance award, while she along with Ritika Debnath got Best Graduation Project and Most Commercially Viable Project award. Diptesh Saha won Most Innovative Project award.
The students of Master of Fashion Management undertook graduation research project as a component of academic curriculum in their fourth semester. The objective of graduation research project was to provide an opportunity to students to apply and relate the concepts and theoretical inputs from various contextual studies offered in Fashion Management Programme. The projects were in the areas of apparel marketing management, apparel retail management, institutional marketing including subject areas related to promotion and publicity, visual merchandising, garment export merchandising and the likes.
From the Fashion Management Department, Nishta Agarwal won Best Academic Performance award and the Best Graduation Project in marketing award went to Agarwal and Sarwat Pawar. Nimisha Dhingra and Nikhita Fatehpuria won Best Graduation Project in Merchandising and Fashion Management Practices awards respectively.
The fashion, leather and textile design students were given their degrees on Day 2 by the chief guest Tanushree Sankar, veteran dancer in the gracious presence of Prof Binwant Kaur, Director of NIFT Kolkata and all departmental faculty members.
The students presented their work in leather, fashion and knitwear design. This three-and-half-hour long fashion show witnessed 81 sequences. Models like Madhabilata, Dipsikha, Moitreyee, Titli, Dimpy, Sona, Sweety, Liza and Nick, sashayed down the ramp, giving the fresh fashion graduates the much needed support to showcase their talent.
The awards were given to the deserving students by eminent designers like Kallol Dutta, representative from Sabyasachi Couture (Mukherjee) and Shantanu Goenka, NIFT alumni in the presence of other designers like Abhishek Dutta, Dev R Nil, and the likes. Mohammad Zuber won Student of the Year award, while Snigdha Seksaria, Pooja Das and Vidisha Jain won Best Academic Performance awards for fashion, leather and knitwear design respectively. Radhika Prashar won Best Design Collection award, while Poulomi Roy and Pooja Harbhajanka won Most Creative Collection for fashion and knitwear design respectively. The Best Graduation Project awards went to Anish Kumar and Priyanka Kumari for leather designs while Vidisha Jain and Pooja Harbhajanka for knitwear design. Usha Gupta took Best use of Traditional Skills in Contemporary Styling award and Anish Kumar received Most Innovative use of Material award.
The award winners won cash as well as trophy. With parents being present among the audience it was a glamourous affair that came bundled with a dash of excitement and the trepidation of facing the public glare. The grand fashion show was followed by a lavish dinner that was a gourmet’s delight.