National Institute of Fashion Technology announces the ‘Call for Papers’ for the International Conference from 31st January -2nd February 2018 at New Delhi, India.

The association of fashion with rapid technological advancement and extensive consumption, spurred by rapidly changing trends and dominated by commercial motivations has contributed to its undertone of transience. The erosion of traditional institutions and cultures and the disruption of the harmony between environment and the human existence forebodes an unsustainable future. However, in recent times there is a perceptible shift in the focus of fashion from business considerations to a more responsible attitude towards sustainability concerns. Slow design, green production processes, waste generation and disposal systems, management of end to end solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives with mindfulness towards ecological fragility are being incorporated by the design community and the industry.

Fashion, as a signifier of societal change, can stimulate contemporary articulations on the dialectics of tradition and modernity in the clothing, textile and craft sectors. The pedagogy of fashion and design education in synergizing materials and techniques plays a tripartite role in design, production and consumption.

The theme of the conference ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ aims to initiate conversation on fashion, culture, textiles, crafts and sustainability by providing an interdisciplinary platform to share perspectives and practice-led research experiences on the issues and concerns, challenges and possibilities of changing existing fashion practices. Trans-global cultural narratives may enable relevant issues to transcend the regional to take on global significance. Some pertinent questions that the Conference seeks to discuss are

  • Can rediscovery of regional craft cultures hold the key to sustainability and empowerment?
  • Can the symbiosis of environment and human knowledge-skills engender new design definitions and experiences?
  • Is green technology the solution to sustainable apparel production systems?
  • How can the hand-made revitalize markets?
  • How can fashion education become catalyst for rediscovering culture?

Research papers / thematic posters may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics under the subthemes:

I. Cultural Transformation by Design
  • Tradition and contemporaneity of fashion
  • Redefining culture through craft revival
  • Co-creation
  • Craft as luxury
II. Tech-novation
  • Green manufacturing
  • Digital technologies
  • Compliance and sustainability standards
III. Business Models
  • Innovative business structures
  • Fair Trade Practices
  • Digital retail for rural producers
IV. Fashion Education
  • Pedagogy of craft-fashion linkages
  • Inculcating value for heritage
  • Experiential learning

The subthemes and questions are only indicative of possible lines of reflection. In order to facilitate evaluation, authors are requested to indicate the subtheme in the abstract.


The Abstract should follow these guidelines:
  • Title
  • Subtheme(s) and 5 keywords below the title
  • Author name, affiliation and email address. In case of multiple authors, one author should be identified as the corresponding author.
  • Abstract should be 300 to 350 words in English. This word count does not include subtheme(s) and keywords. Abstract should not exceed the prescribed word limit.
  • No name or affiliation of the author in the text
  • Font -Times New Roman, size- 12 pt. double spacing
  • 1 inch margin all around
  • Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted

Author(s) are allowed to submit more than one abstract. Abstracts will be uploaded online. For any other query please contact through

All abstracts and conference papers will be double-blind peer reviewed by competent reviewers. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers of 3,000 to 4,000 words.

All papers presented at the conference will be published. At the time of submission of full papers, authors are required to sign a copyright agreement with NIFT.