IGFS 2018 Design Competition Colombo Sri Lanka
International Gradates Fashion Spectacle (IGFS) 2018 NEWS Dept. of Fashion Design (FDT).
It was a feast of fashion from the perspective of 21 local and international fashion design graduates at the International Graduate Fashion Spectacle 2018 on July 10 at the Hilton, Colombo. Organized by Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology (LIFT) in partnership with the Embassy of France in Colombo, the IGFS 2018 fashion show was the concluding event of a week of fashion experiences for the participating fashion graduates.Of the 21 collections, four were awarded for excellence by partners of the event. Heshini Goonasekara’s “LUXNOR S/S 19” collection won the Wijeya Newspapers Award. Heshini, a graduate of Mod’Art International, Paris – Sri Lanka Branch, developed her collection capturing the shapes, colours and textures of Byzantine dome architecture and the luxury epitomised by the Galleries Lafayette, the famous French department store.
The French Embassy Best Collection award was taken to Bangladesh by Farjana Akther of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology. Inspired by the Bengali folk embroidery tradition of ‘Nakshi Kantha’, Farjana’s collection “Tradition of Contexture” incorporated its patterns and craftsmanship.“It feels wonderful to have won an award,” said Shefali Nagar of Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology who carried away the Eric Suriyasena Batik award with her collection, ‘Lush affairs Rendezvous la Nature’, fusing natural fibres and fabrics with traditional craft techniques.
Marium Mujahid of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design won the Hilton Award for her collection ‘Trans humanism’–a collection inspired by the idea of enhancing human capabilities through the use of technology in clothing.Drawing on the glamour of ages past, the ‘Revival Collection’ of Orsolya Fekete of Mod’ Art International Paris – Hungary was characterized by the Roccoco era while Ajijur Raihan from BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Bangladesh called his collection ‘Ancient Diva’ . In ‘City Rush’ Shaheda Akter used sequins and black and white fabric to portray the lights of Dhaka at night.
IGFS 2018 was held as part of the French Spring Festival and French ambassador to Sri Lanka Jean-Marin Schuh was on the panel of judges along with Eric Suriyasena of Eric Suriyasena Batiks, Assistant General Manager of Brands & PR at Wijeya Newspapers, Sujith Pathirannehe and Asst. Director of Sales/ conference and events at the Hilton Colombo, Kosala Walakuluge.