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Shweta Ganesh| Posted On: 15-Feb-2013

There’s something truly exciting about the gen-next designers, we think. Perhaps that passion, sense of undying creativity or that hint of sparkle in their eyes is something that draws us to stories of their big dreams. Nurturing talent and capturing moments that span their dreams into reality is what we do best! Students of Polytechnic Dress Design and Garment Manufacturing, Sophia College, Mumbai are gearing up to showcase their final collections after six months of waiting for this opportunity at Tvashtar 2013. These young prophets of fashion are all set to contemporize their topic of presentation which is their own interpretation of global culture. Having put in a lot of research and effort, the 10 groups have each picked out a culture that they want to present through fashion. Sk speaks to the students and gives you a lowdown of what the next generation of designers have in store for us.

Out of the 10 groups, nine of them have three students while one has two students who have been working diligently to make it through the finales where they have to present their collection in front of esteemed judges. The names of the panelists include prominent names like Rahul Mishra, Sonia Mehra, Jatin Kampani , Payal Singhal  and other celebrity guests include Pooja Bedi ,  Niketan Madhok , Jasveer Kaur , Rashmi  Pitre , Siddharth Kannan , Luke Kenny and more. The efforts of 30 students will flicker this glamour packed show with super models like Anchal Kumar, Priyanka Shah, Chahat Sabji, Surabhi Rao, Archana Wadekar, Adam Bedi walking the ramp in students’ ensembles.

Michelle Furtado and her group are vying to get the glitz and cinematic glamour of USA, Universal Studios and Hollywood as we know it. Michelle says, ‘To us, USA is an intermix of varied cultures and no one culture is prominent or well-defined. To translate our idea, we’re working with projection mapping- a new-age, never-done-before technique in India. We have three white garments with bits of surface ornamentation where a projector will showcase bits of classic Hollywood movies, creating an illusion that the gown is playing the movie. We also have created glass shoes which resemble funky disco balls that we’re excited about. Designers like Manish Arora inspire us with his crazy, OTT designs while Archana Kochhar is known for more wearable designs. We’re trying a bit of both and we hope it’s well received. Galaxy prints and sequins seem to be trending this year which is another element that we’ve incorporated in our collection. So, with so much going on, we’re thrilled and nervous at the same time.’

Ms. Jighnasa Shah, HOD, Dress Designing and Garment Manufacturing Department excitedly states, “Tvashtar bestows immense exposure to the graduating students every year and is a huge platform for them to display their fashion vision and grow channels to reach fashion sorority. Tvashtar 2013 also attempts to help the fashion institute to create a benchmark and reflect the ideas of magnificent creations by the young designer students.”

Beverly Vakil, another student who is interpreting the mythology and romanticism of Greece along with the team is equally gung-ho about her latest collection. She says that though they have kept the essence of Greece, they have gone all out with the construction details and modernism. Beverly says, ‘It’s well-constructed yet flowy and gilded at the same time. We have used lot of brights like gold, sea green, black and coral shades. The fabrics we have used will bring out structure, draped and good fall in our collection. Chain work has been used for ornamentation and texturing on the fabric has been one of the most challenging things for us to achieve. But with Medha Sabnis, our class teacher it has all been good as she has constantly guided, supported and encouraged our every step. We hope it all turns out well in the end!’

It’s a refreshing change when young designers do out of the box creations. Maria Khambati along with her group is working hard to do justice to the Huichol tribe, natives of Mexico. Their collection, Colorama Mexicana is heavily inspired by the culture of yarns and strong embroidery seen on the tribes. From getting fabrics such has Khadi, raw cotton and silk to designing contrasting colour embroidery on it, the students have paid great attention to detail. Maria says, ‘Huichols are very particular about accessories. So after a thorough research on them, we decided to create headgear and accessories for the collection too. God’s eye is an important symbol to their culture which we have tried to incorporate as well. Our inspiration ranges from Jose Benitez Sanchez, a Mexican artist to Masaba Gupta!’

With such inspiring names for the students, we’re sure that their talent is bound to get them its due recognition. We wish them all good luck!

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