Design students in Delhi for fashion contest


Fashion design students from Massey's College of Creative Arts have arrived in India for a Project Runway-type competition with Indian fashion design students on May 12.


Fashion design graduate Sean Kelly went to New York to achieve success on Project Runway, and now three fashion design students from the College of Creative Arts have arrived in India for a collaborative contest based on similar lines.

 The final-year fashion design students Louise Watkins, Yoshino Maruyama and Kristin Meaclem, have been joined by programme leader Sue Prescott for the two-week visit to Delhi where they will both collaborate with, and compete against, counterparts from India.

The New Zealand students, including another three from the Auckland University of Technology, have already been working with Indian fashion design students online to sketch out designs, but it is all hands on deck to produce the two garments required of each pairing once nwo that they are all in the Delhi design workshop.

 It follows a similar competition held in Vietnam last year, Ms Prescott says.

 “The focus this year is on using only sustainable fabrics, all sourced in India and hence outfits are to be produced by the student teams when we get to India.”

 The competition has been arranged with the support of Education New Zealand who will have representatives at hand in the lead up to the final contest dubbed the Runway to New Zealand.

The best partnership from each university would be selected as the winners  (one winner each for AUT and Massey), while the Indian winners receive a two-week internship in New Zealand, including study at Massey’s College of Creative Arts.

 “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work collaboratively with young designers in India, while learning all about working with natural Indian fabrics to produce next generation contemporary garments,” Ms Prescott says.

 The Runway to New Zealand event is in Delhi on Thursday May 12.

 

 

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