It all started 3 years back with me coming across INIFD Chennai through a known source. The opportunities that INIFD provided attracted me the most, one of which as the INIFD Calendar Shoot ’17. This opportunity not only gave us a creative platform but also trained us to tackle some difficult situations and excel in our grounds.
It was all about thinking and using things in a different and an unique way. It all started with raw materials like paper cups, tissues, toothpicks, earbuds, aluminium foils, cans etc provided by our mentors Sandeep Sir and Ekta Madam. They trained us vigorously on how we could explore the material and make the best use out of it. Our sessions with them were always filled with creativity and there was an urge to try something new.
My group was provided with materials like tissue, toothpicks and earbuds. We then researched on the properties of our materials and also how we could tweak the theme “Street Style” with the materials provided. There were some obstacles in our trail and research process which we had to overcome to succeed. After a lot of research and trial of samples for months, we came up with our inspiration being “Biomimetic Architecture” with structured and sculptural elements. This led to doodling and designing outfits keeping our material, inspiration and theme in mind. The outfits had to be a blend of pret and avant garde with the maximum usage of our materials.
Our shoot took place in the month of March and the end result was mind-blowing. This was followed up by the calendar launch in the month of April at which the garments and the photography were hugely appreciated. This experience was more about up-cycling and learning something new about materials and methods that we would never think of applying in our garments.
I would like to thank INIFD Chennai for this immensely grateful opportunity that let us explore our strong points and provided us with a creative platform to excel.
– Simran J Khatri
An outfit that has a combination of classy and casual features inspired by the royal colours of gemstones and Japanese street-style fashion put together to create an androgynous look.
The whole look is inspired from a very vast street-style, the Japanese street style fashion. It has the combination of all the subcultures from the street-style and we finally ended up with androgyny, and all of this wasn’t easy to make. Initially we were given 3 material i.e. sponge, straw and rubber. We were asked to explore about them, know their physical and chemical properties, know what they are made up of etc. This helped us to construct the whole embellishment on the garment. As and when we were progressing we learnt a bit more science and used crystallization process on sponge and vacuum holding method in the straws. It was overall a super stressful yet fun experience.
I thank my mentors Mr. Sandeep and Ms. Ekta for bringing out the best in us. I also extend my thanks to the director Ms. Fareeda Khan, INIFD Chennai and staffs who supported and guided me. Thanks one and all.
– Sonali Jain