There are now many institutes more private set-ups than government run in the tricity that impart training in fashion design. Relatively new among them is University Institute of Fashion Technology (UIFT) at Panjab University (PU). With a faculty that includes professors who have earlier been part of NIFT,Mohali,UIFT is trying to make its presence felt. Its first attempt,a fashion show Shears and Ruban put together by students of M.Sc (fashion design) took place on Wednesday evening. A relatively small showcase with just 11 students presenting their creations and even modelling it themselves,the debut wasnt as dramatic as expected.
With the PU vice-chancellor RS Sobti in attendance,dressed in all white for the occasion,the show rolled out with Blooming Beauty,a collection of Victorian gowns in white by Arti Kashyap. While Kashyap impressed with her techniques cascading layers,fine lacework the concept felt dated. Proving once again that black is a powerful colour in fashion was Sabinder Kaur with her collection Blase. Short black dresses with a hint of pop colours on the sleeves and hemlines made Kaurs collection noteworthy. Given its an annual showcase of ideas and creativity,the collections didnt dare to be different. Playing it safe with white,again,was the collection Breeze that presented summer cool dresses in breezy fabrics such as cotton and chiffon. Kidswear seemed to interest many students who showcased their designs. The collection by Simardeep Kaur called Freggies felt too gimmicky with children dressed to resemble a lettuce-head and a bunch of grapes. On the other hand,her classmate Rupam Sharma showed how kidswear can be both fun as well as practical. Her collection Safari showcased sleepwear for children in cotton with the jungle theme. If there was a commercial collection that deserves mention,then it was this. A few students tried their hands at Indian garments and noticeable among them was Nazakhat
by Divya Chanana. Her collection stuck to the colours red,white and black and highlighted intricate embroidery on lehngas and saris.
It was a welcome change to see the students not go over the top with surface ornamentation and let the silhouettes and colour combinations do the talking. While the collections highlighted the effort put in by the students,down to the choice of music,the zing was missing.