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Indian Fashion Design Students Visit Whitecliffe

Fashionistas from India winged their way Down Under recently to take part in an International Winter Fashion School programme organised by the Whitecliffe Continuing Education and Fashion Design departments. Fashion design students and faculty from New Delhi’s Pearl Academy participated in the three-week course which included practical workshops in fabric dyeing, embroidery, flax weaving, paper making, and an up-cycling project making bags from sampling squares.

Pearl Academy student visitThere was a strong focus on ethical and sustainable contemporary fashion, and programme participants had the chance to meet with prominent Kiwi designers who employ these practices (such as Zambesi, Liz Mitchell, Ovna Ovich, Kowtow and Maggie Marilyn). The visitors were also treated to lectures on New Zealand art, visits to Maori cultural attractions and the chance to see some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes.

The visit came as part of a longstanding relationship between the Whitecliffe Fashion Design department and Pearl Academy. Whitecliffe was awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia in 2015 and again this year, and its students have visited and attended workshops with Pearl Academy students on both occasions.

Pictured here from left to right are: Saloni Arora, Talat Razia, Bela Gupta (faculty), Swidhi Arora, and Neha Jain.



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