Call for entries: Rediscovering Culture – Transforming Fashion Student Design Competition

National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India
January 31 – February 2, 2018
Submission of entries by October 23, 2017

Fashion, as a signifier of societal change, can stimulate contemporary articulations on the dialectics of tradition and modernity in the clothing, textile and craft sectors. What does the future entail? Can fashion balance cultural perspectives, experiential aspects of technology along with sustainable practices?

Constant rediscoveries lead to renewed maneuvers, tactics and transformations in fashion. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) announces the ‘Call for Entries’ for International Student Design Competition 2018.

The Track
The theme of the competition ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ aims to receive fresh perspectives in the domain of fashion, culture, textiles, crafts, technology and sustainability. The competition provides an interdisciplinary platform to showcase young talent, path-breaking approaches, and futuristic insights through the participating entries. The final entries shall be in static showcase during the International Conference organized by National Institute of Fashion Technology from 31st January – 2nd February 2018 at New Delhi, India.

Sub –Tracks
Cultural Transformations by Design
Cross cultural pollination
Craft as luxury
Technology as indulgence/ experience
Digital technology
Sustainable Approaches & Practices
Re-duce, Re-cycle, Re-invent
Green fashion
Design submissions will be in the form of any one of the following:
Moving images
Installations and mixed – media display
Textile art
Apparel art
Lifestyle product innovation

Important dates to remember
Submission of entries – 23rd Oct 2017
Declaration of shortlisted entries – 1st Nov 2017
Final submission of entries – 30th Nov 2017
Announcement of results – 15th Dec 2017

Who can apply?
Current design students (UG & PG level)
Graduates from Class of 2017 (UG & PG level)
Nature of entry
Contestants must participate in individual capacity. Team participation shall not be accepted.

How to apply?
Phase I
(Participating entries)
Concept note (200 words approx.)
Concept drawings (A3 size, one leaf)
Supporting details (Swatches, trims etc., if any)
Copy of student ID card
All entries must be uploaded at the conference website

Phase II
(Shortlisted entries)
Visuals of actualized design (In accordance with Phase I entry)
High-resolution images (JPEG format, resolution 300dpi, individual file size should not exceed 5MB)
In case of multiple images, assign a title for each image with your name.
Ensure that the images represent the design work clearly.
All entries must be uploaded at the conference website

The jury and evaluation process
The jury panel shall comprise eminent members of Indian fashion industry; fashion design and research experts; and members of the academia.
The evaluation of the entries will be based on the following criteria:
a) Design innovation
b) Originality
c) Clarity in verbal & visual communication
d) Relevance to the theme
e) Compliance with Terms & Conditions
In all matters concerning the course of the competition, including the selection of award winners, the decision of the jury will be final.

The awards ceremony will take place during the valedictory session on 2nd February 2018, at the conference venue. The best three winners of the competition will receive awards:
First Prize: Cash Award of INR 50,000/-
Second Prize: Cash Award of INR 30,000/-
Third Prize: Cash Award of INR 20,000/-

For any queries relating to the competition, please write to:

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