Date 16 Apr 2012 12:05:54 IST , Ibnlive Tags: Fashion Design
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced to set up National Institute of Design at Kurukshetra. “The consultations for setting up NID at Kurukshetra have taken place, and this would be the second national institute after Ahmedabad, where education in the field of design and research would be provided,” he said speaking at a function here. Hooda said, during the last seven years the state government has been making consistent efforts to develop Haryana as an international level hub of education. Earlier, the state had only seven universities, which have now increased to 23. A central university has been setup at Mahendragarh, Women University at Khanpur in Sonipat, National Defence University at Gurgaon, Indian Institute of Management at Garnawathi, Veterinary University at Hisar and Sainik School has been setup at Rewari, he said. Haryana has 80 government colleges and 96 non-government aided colleges, said the chief minister. Sanskrit is related to our culture, but we should not lag behind in English, Hooda said, and stressed for character building and changes as per the changing times and modern needs. “Earlier, only the people passing Hindi in matriculation were eligible for the jobs but the state government has included Sanskrit in it and now people having matriculation in Hindi or Sanskrit are equally eligible, which depicts the importance being rendered to Sanskrit in the state,” he said.
Date 16 Apr 2012 12:05:04 IST , The Hindu Tags: Fashion Design
Apart from giving a major thrust to liberal trade between the two countries, India and Pakistan plan to join hands in the field of fashion designing, textiles and footwear through collaborations between their fashion institutes.
The attempt is to come up with challenging and innovative fusion of fashion from both the countries and open new avenues and markets for their designers, including the textiles and footwear industries. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and the Lahore-based Institute of Fashion Design are working on extensive exchange of fashion knowledge and expertise.
“Our students and teachers can interact with each other and professional programmes can also take place in the future. There would be synergy between the two institutes. If plans work out, there will be collaboration between the two institutes,” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said. Over 100 Pakistani top brands and fashion designers in categories such as fashion textiles, jewellery, designer furniture, handicrafts, home textiles and leather goods are showcasing their items at the four-day “Pakistan Lifestyle” extravaganza being held at the Pragati Maidan.
Apart from fashion and textile designing, the government is also looking at avenues for the footwear industry.
“There is a need to develop the footwear industry. In India, we have a footwear design institute and it is the need of the hour that such designing institutes should have a common linkage. We need our fashion designers to constantly interact with each other for which a common ground has to be created to share the knowledge,” Mr. Sharma added.
Both the countries are even contemplating forming a common business council in the event of strengthening of economic ties.
Zain Aziz of Sefam group, one of the largest fashion designing houses in Pakistan, said: “The collaboration would be good for business because a lot of youngsters are nowadays working in fashion houses.”
Date 9 Apr 2012 15:09:07 IST , Times of India Tags: Fashion Design
Here are certain things you ought to know about fashion
Buttons on jacket sleeves
According to information passed down through the ages, none other than Napoleon Bonaparte dictated that buttons should be attached to jacket sleeves. This was to stop the annoying habit soldiers had of wiping their runny noses on their jacket sleeves. Men can never grow up, can they?
What makes an item vintage?
A clothing item is considered vintage if it dates from 1920 to 1960. After that date, an item is considered to be retro, not vintage. So are you surprised you had a treasure trove in your wardrobe?
The ‘bra’ was created by a young New York socialite named Mary Phelps who grew weary of having her camisole show when she wore a lace blouse. Using handkerchiefs, she designed the first rudimentary bra which she eventually had patented in 1914. Women everywhere loved Mary’s new design and the first bra took off in a big way. It was later that a woman named Ida Rosenthal started designing bras with different cup sizes.
The Thong was supposedly invented after the New York Mayor LaGuardia became enraged that the city’s nude dancers were exposing too much flesh. The thong was developed to keep the New York City dancers covered enough to placate the mayor.
Date 5 Apr 2012 13:08:48 IST , Business Standard Tags: Fashion Design
Even while its Railway Design Centre is yet to get on its way, the National Institute of Design (NID) has made a proposal for designing ‘pilot-like’ apparel uniform for train drivers to the Ministry of Railways.
According to Pradyumna Vyas, director of NID, the premier design institute has proposed enhancement of apparel uniforms of train drivers in Indian Railways and may soon begin work on the same. “The proposal was made prior to former Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi announcing a dedicated Railway Design Centre at NID’s Ahmedabad campus. The idea is to develop apparel uniforms for train drivers on the lines of aircraft pilots. While we have made a proposal already, we hope to initiate further discussion by mid-April,” said Vyas.
The design and research for the proposed uniform will be taken up by NID’s textile and apparel design department.
“Uniforms of aircraft pilots have better functionality as well as visibility. Hence, it is on these lines that we have proposed designing uniforms for train drivers. Not just on its looks, but we will also work on the ergonomics of train drivers. While a detailed study is yet to be conducted, we will take train drivers’ work conditions and functionalities into consideration while designing the apparel uniform,” said Vijay Katiyar, faculty head at textile and apparel design department, NID.
Further, as part of the upcoming Railway Design Centre at its Ahmedabad campus, NID will develop design concepts in station architecture, coach layout, luggage storage in coaches, toilets, ticketing kiosks and an online services system.
“We will have to take a holistic approach for design intervention in Railways. The attempt is to improve the overall services of Railways which could benefit multi-users like passengers, railway platform users and drivers. Several areas will have to be considered including communication design, signage design, IT integration, catering services, kiosk services and industrial design, among other things,” Vyas added.
Moreover, service design for all facilities in trains and at railways stations, exteriors and interiors of railway coaches, environment design and design issues related to public transportation will also be taken into consideration.
Adding further, Vyas mentioned that in all, 70 disciplines of NID will each play their roles as part of the Railway Design Centre. “For this, NID will get Rs 10 crore from the railway ministry to start the proposed centre,” he said.
Date 19 Mar 2012 12:11:35 IST , Indian Express Tags: Fashion Design
Bombardier Transportation and National Institute of Design (NID) will have a hand in shaping the look and new technology for suburban Mumbai trains that will be manufactured by the Railways starting from next year.
While some of the key equipment will be provided by Bombardier’s Vadodara plants, the exteriors colour scheme for the trains has been designed by the NID, Ahmedabad.
Last year the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) had signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation worth over Rs 1,000 crore for the supply of equipment to manufacture Electric Multiple Unit rakes under the Phase 2A of Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
Bombardier has recently announced that it will complete order relating to a total of 72 commuter trains of 12 cars each to MRVC in the last quarter of 2012, with completion of deliveries in the third quarter of 2014
Date 19 Mar 2012 12:10:55 IST , Times of India Tags: Fashion Design
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on Saturday organized a daylong workshop on its Udyog Bhawan campus with 25 handicraft artisans each from Bhusara village in Muzaffarpur district and from around Patna region for establishing linkage with the traditional handicraft artisans of the state.
It was held with the cooperation of the local office of development commissioner, handicraft. Earlier, inaugurating the workshop, Satish Chandra Jha, director, NIFT Patna, told artisans, “Traditional handicraft and modern design go hand in hand and the amalgamation of both can do wonders.”
He added, “The workshop is a step towards realizing the larger vision of the college in making a difference in the lives of artisans.” Speaking at the function, Monica Garg, director general, NIFT, said, “The main objectives of the workshop were to disseminate information about the college’s craft cluster initiative, to identify problems areas of handicraft artisans where the college can work towards improvement and also to sensitize students towards the state of affairs of artisans.”
The programme commenced with interaction between students and artisans, in which artisans showed their work including ‘sujni’ embroidery, artificial jewellery, jute jewellery, traditional dolls and woodcraft. They also answered various queries of students ranging from material sourcing to selling of products. Assistant professor Kislay Kashyap made a presentation on the five-year roadmap of future cluster work to be done by NIFT students.
Date 15 Mar 2012 13:00:17 IST , Times of India Tags: Fashion Design
It has earlier carried out design projects for the Mumbai suburban train service and Mumbai Monorail. Now, the country’s premier design school is all set to transform the look and feel of Indian railways. The Union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday announced a railway design centre at the National Institute of Design (NID), with an initial fund of Rs 10 crore.
Trivedi, who visited the NID campus in December last year, said in his budget speech, “I had occasion to visit this Institute with a view to harnessing their expertise in design so as to leverage it for bringing out design related improvisations in the facilities available to passengers and other rail users. A dedicated Railway Design Centre is proposed to be set up in the NID campus with an endowment fund of Rs10 crore to be utilized for developing concepts in various areas such as station architecture, coach layouts, luggage storage in coaches, toilets, ticketing kiosks and online services, freight service systems etc.”
NID’s idea for the centre is to resolve all design issues related to railways, which is one of the world’s largest public sector employer.
Talking to TOI, NID director Pradyumna Vyas said, “We had proposed about setting up the lab to the minister during his last visit. We have a lot of hypothetical design projects based on Indian railways that were carried out by students.”
“The centre will now accelerate such activities to create designs related to railways ranging from signages to staff uniform to interiors of compartments, furniture at platforms and berths as well as providing better services to passengers in terms of reservation and comfort,” Vyas said.
Vyas added that it will encourage students of various disciplines like product design, graphics design, textiles, transportation and automobile design to take up hypothetical projects related to Indian Railways. The best of these projects will be presented to railways officials.
“All disciples at NID will work for the centre where research projects for finding design solutions for Indian railways will be undertaken,” said Vyas.