REDISCOVERING CULTURE: TRANSFORMING FASHION
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
Research papers / thematic posters were invited on the following topics under the sub-themes:I. Cultural Transformation by Design
All abstracts and conference papers have been double-blind peer reviewed by competent reviewers. Authors of selected abstracts were invited to submit full papers.
The paper presentations for the conference have been organised under the following sub-themes:
All the papers presented at the conference will be published. Live streaming of the technical sessions and keynote addresses for the benefit of the students of NIFT in various campuses across India will be arranged.