Fashion shows have been an impossible achievement during this on-going pandemic. Annually, JD Institute Bengaluru hosts a fashion show as the final project for students to display their knowledge and final portfolio collection that they have been educated on in their respective courses. Although, this event hasn’t happened over the last year for obvious reasons. In 2021, this was made possible by the students of Post Graduation Diploma in Fashion Communication, batch 2020. This class made the impossible possible, with the guidance of their class mentor Ms. Varsha Solanki, a fashion show held within the campus premises.
The fashion show was hosted by our BSc. students Deepvanshika and Mayuri. There were three sequences, each of them consisted of one collection of three garments that were inspired from the past and focused on a greener future. A total of 9 students had participated in this event, with the help of their fellow college mates in the backstage requirements. Here are the collections that made the ram and swept the feets of many:
“Going Back, Coming Soon”
The designers of this collection were Yuktha Mahendra, Unique Mondal, Abi Mallya. Their inspiration took us to the 1960s set up on an island off the coast of New England. “The MOONRISE KINGDOM “ by the famous Cinematographer Wes Anderson. The movie depicts the story of Sam who falls in love with Suzy who made a secret pack and eloped together into the wilderness. Inspired by the movie, this team of designers put up a window display and fashion for the brand Levi’s. The concept is called – “Going Back, Coming Soon.”. The show and the display had vintage elements from the movie and the brand made for tomorrow. The duo of Wes Anderson’s movie and the brand Levi’s have extensive use of retroelements which was used in styling the garments as well. MOONRISE KINGDOM X LEVI’S takes us to the newer version of Romanticism and Adventure.
“The Grand Cabaret”
After experiencing the 1960’s the show was planned to roll down to the 2000s. The show was called – THE GRAND CABARET. The designers of this collection were Tenzin Sonam, Kishan Gowda, Priya Darshini.
The incredible, lyrical, musical story of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is based upon a true story that is relatable to all. The movie let’s us dive deeper into the dream world of the circus, where one can be their true self. Keeping this message in mind, the designers had created a window display in the form of a Shadow Puppet show. Revolving around their inspiration of the musical theatre which is also one of movie’s genres for the brand Barbie, the shadow puppet show took the audience to their world. It revolved around 3 characters, 3 different size models for the fashion show to break the stereotypical chain of the perfect sized figure the society has, the bold move was presented in the show inspired by the barbie campaign – You can be Anything.
Post the experience of the greatest show, the timeline of the show was shifted to the future.Humans across the globe have been the main reason for the depletion of the earth’s environment. The main cause of the depletion is also the wastage that is produced by us. Keeping this in mind, this innovative group of designers named their collection “HOPE “.
It’s a collaboration between the movie Mad Max and the brand Skullcandy. More than the collaboration, It’s a movement the duo that the two are starting together to create awareness about e-waste. The window display and the fashion show conveyed a message, wherein in a post-apocalyptic world, there is hope for a better earth. The designers worked around the upcycling of e-waste and created a display inspired by the movie. In the fashion show, the pregnant woman as a character is carrying a child who will choose to be hopeful and is said to restore life back to the world. Skull candy chose to do the same with their new innovative technology upcycling e-waste and coming up with products that will give meaning to the word sustainability.
Fashion shows are being conducted on virtual platforms, but at JD Institute, the aim is to keep in touch with traditionalism. This event was held and hosted keeping in mind all COVID protocols. Through this, the students have displayed and shown their innovation and thought process, encouraging their college mates to work and see beyond books and the syllabus. JD faculties and staff have always supported the students to be extraordinary and showcase their work. They have been and are playing a major role in molding and pushing students, the aspiring and future of the planet, to keep the environment in their designs and create sustainable and eco-friendly designs that will help in the restoration of the planet. The show was live streamed and can be viewed on our Youtube channel. This may have not been the usual JD Annual Design Awards, but definitely lived up to it.