The occasion was ‘Anukama 2018’, the annual design collection show of Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) Mohali. The Chief Guest Sunder Sham Arora ,Hon’ble Industries and Commerce Minister , Punjab has graced the occasion with Special Guest Rakesh Kumar Verma, IAS , Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Punjab and Chairman NIIFT and D P S Kharbanda, IAS, DG, NIIFT . Famous models of national repute took the stage by storm this evening to showcase the 52 hands-on beautiful collections created by the graduating fashion design students. NIIFT is ranked 9th amongst the top 10 fashion design colleges of the country and also has been declared as a centre of excellence for apparel and textile in the new industrial policy of the state government .The highlight of Anukama ,18 came when a collection named ‘Zari Misl’ inspired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh’s book on The Battle of Saragarhi — ‘The 36th Sikhs in the Tirah Campaign 1897-98′ was presented by the designer Simranjit Kaur. Sneha has created a collection named ‘In the Name of Love’ a tale of acid attack survivors. In fact an acid attack victim Ritu Saini also walked the ramp in an attire from Sneha’s collection. Rajeshwari created a collection to bring upfront the violence against women & child sexual assault, this she achieved by applying social messages on garments, a little girl Rabia also walked the ramp in the memory of Asifa. Guneet’s ‘Pastel Rush’ inspired from filigree, an ornamental art work done with silver and golden wires was also presented. Dollsy showcased her collection ‘Gulzar’ created using the quilling technique & with motifs taken form Mughal monuments specially the Taj Mahal. ‘Tree of Life’ by Nitika Ghavri , ‘Adishakti’ by Maya, Alisha Gulati’s ‘Zeenat Begum’ which was a Mughal Collection, Terracotta was the very new concept that used to enhance the surface.
Sunder Sham Arora, also gave away the awards to the promising students. A total of 16 awards were given to the deserving students on the basis of their performance. The awards are as follows: The Best Design Collection award went to Priyang, Best Garment Construction was bagged by Anjali, Best Commercial Collection was shared by Alisha and Kanika Chugh. The Most Creative Collection went to Simranjit Kaur. Best Concept was earned by Rajeshewari and Sneha. Most Innovative Pattern making was shared by Jaswiner and Kirti. Best Surface Ornamentation was shared by Dollsy and Trisha. Best use of Craft in Design was shared by Komal Bhatia and Shailey. Best use of Art in Design was shared by Arpita and Priyanjali while the Best Design Vision (a jury special award) went to Mehakpreet. Certificates of merit were given to Nikita Ghawri, Sakshi, Sejal, Guneet, Lehar, Manya, Nancy, shruti, Parul & Khanak.
Sunder Sham Arora, Industries & Commerce Minister, Punjab , said “NIIFT has done Punjab proud. The students who pass out from here act as brand ambassadors for Punjab when they make a mark in their chosen jobs or by creating start ups not just in Punjab, but other parts of the country.”
Rakesh Kumar Verma, Chairman, NIIFT said, “The mission of NIIFT is to educate and mentor students interested in a career in fashion by imparting skill based training which is in tune with Industry requirements. This is where NIIFT plays a vital role in shaping the students’ into talented designers.”
D P S Kharbanda, IAS, DG, NIIFT said, “Students used the platform of Anukama 18 to present their signature style. They put in their best of work which could be seen in the collections presented.”
These students were guided by their Mentors- Dr. Poonam Aggarwal, Dr. Simrita Singh, Deepti Sharma, Gobiend Rai and Navdeep Kaur. An eminent jury made up of Fashion, Apparel and Textile Experts evaluated the designed collections.
“We feel proud that 15 of our students walked the ramp alongside professional fashion week models. In fact NIIFT student Khushboo Rawat who is Miss India Khadi 2017 was the show stopper.30 female and male models walked the ramp adding the glam quotient to the students’ creations.” Said Dr Simrita Singh, Coordinator, Anukama 2018 & HOD, Fashion design department.
National repute Fashion Week and Runway Models added glitz to the superlative collections. Some prominent fashion week & runway female models were Vidya, Megha, Vinni, Kanan, Ashley, Himani, Neha Sahni, Isha, Pallak, Rachita, Aditi, Anchal, Sakshi, Pallavi, Preeti Chodhary,Divya, Kanchan — who was Miss Dehradun top 12 finalist, Miss Adventurous top 6 Finalist & Miss Uttrakhand Finalist and Hema Chetri who was Indian Princess International 2013 representing Bhutan, among others. Male models like Raghav, Anuj, Jagsher, Alam and Sid- all Fashion Week and runway models also showcased the collections.
It is noteworthy that NIIFT is a diverse, and expanding college of Fashion, Management and Technology established in 1995 and has grown to be one of India’s premiere institutes. NIIFT provides B.Sc and M.Sc Degrees. NIIFT is under the administrative control of the Department of Industries and Commerce, Punjab.
Admissions to the Degree Programs are based on clearing an entrance test which is scheduled for 3/6/2018. This year the last date of submission of applications is 29/05/2018. The entrance test is followed by the situation test/ interviews and counseling respectively. Details are available on thewebsite www.niiftindia.com.