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Garments designed by NIIFT students for their annual show combine couture with an awareness of the world around us
Every yarn and every stitch in his garments reminds fashion student and former Army man Azaad Bihar of friends he has lost, of people he loved and will always cherish. Peace Riders is his dedication to his martyred friends who lost their lives in landmine blasts. "I was a witness to this blast and left the Army for personal reasons. I miss my friends and Peace Riders is my tribute to them," he says. The collection comprises jumpsuits sporting the colours of the Indian flag, with reflector tapes attached for night, as well as jackets for girls. "These are designed for young motorbike riders. I have created the fabric too, texturing simple cotton to give it a look of leather," he adds.
Bihar is one of the 48 students of fashion and knitwear design who will showcase their collections at Anukama 10, the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) Mohali's annual design show on June 3, where top models will flaunt the designs. For each budding designer, conceiving the designs and giving them a final touch has been a labour of love, a culmination of what they have imbibed over the years at the institute. Their fashion is not just about couture but involves a wealth of creative thought, inspiration and a personal touch. Sushant is inspired by the real world and his series of black dresses tell the story of a girl suffering from depression. Sushant experiments with forms and patterns, and a black dress, with strings, when pulled displays a bright yellow pattern, an inspiration from window blinds and a sign of freedom.
Models Tina Chhatwal and Amanpreet Wahi have arrived for the fashion show, which is choreographed by Kaushik Ghosh. They love the students and the apparels they design: "they are so easy to work with, are modest and professional. A few years back, student designs were over the top, mostly not wearable. But now it's a mix of couture and inspiration with proper finishing, presentation and accessories."