The results of an international project between New Zealand and Indian fashion design students will be on display at Massey University’s Wellington campus this week. Two design students from India will be re-united with their Massey partners over the next three weeks and their collaborative garments will be displayed at the campus library from July 28 to August 5 2016.
The students from India, Megha Sharma & Chhavi Kashyap, will be hosted by Massey’s Creative College of Arts and will visit some of Wellington’s creative enterprises such as Weta Workshop and the Te Papa costume store.
The Runway to New Zealand project, funded by Education New Zealand (ENZ) began in April when three fourth-year fashion design students from Massey and three from AUT began collaborating with fashion design students in India.
Massey fashion design lecturer, Sue Prescott is a frequent visitor to India and accompanied the students, Louise Watkins, Yoshino Maruyama and Kristen Meaclem on the trip. She says the language of fashion connected the students across cultures and countries.
“Each team of two worked together online for three weeks in April and then we went to Delhi for two weeks in May. They spent the first week sourcing fabrics across the city and this included having textiles dyed, printed and laser cut. They had a window into Indian manufacturing and appreciated the efforts towards sustainability which India is really making an effort with.
“It was incredible to see the students from different backgrounds with the same common goal. The garments had to be made from sustainably produced Indian fabrics and our students were absolutely inspired by the potential of Indian textiles and fabrics.”
The Massey students were selected from the Fashion Awards and Competitions paper offered to students in their last year, for which they are required to produce an entry for a national or international fashion competition, award or exhibition.
Ms Prescott says international collaborations such as this are the way of the future in fashion. “Design work is about collaboration. There is no stopping any kind of team from anywhere in the world getting together to work on projects,” she says.
Last year, Ms Prescott took a group of Massey fashion design students to Vietnam where they were involved in a similar competition. Next year she will be taking a cross-disciplinary group of students to India as part of the Prime Ministers Scholarships.
“Opportunities like this open our students to broad influences and long-term possibilities. These internationalization projects expose students to opportunities and introduce them to the wider potential of the industry,” Ms Prescottsays.