It’s not too often that you hear about art and designing colleges in the City hosting fests on a large scale. But Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology tried to change that with ‘Aristeia 2013’, its inter-collegiate art, design and cultural fest that recently took place on their Doddaballapur campus. Given how new the college is, the response they received was rather impressive.
A variety of cultural, art and literary events were held — dance, fashion show, sketching, garment designing, cartooning, furniture designing, photography, JAM, ‘pictionary’, debate and junk art among others. Being an art and designing institute, the students came up with unique themes for different events — garment designing had the theme of ‘deconstruction’, furniture designing had the theme of ‘maverick and hi-tech styles’ and so on.
The fest also saw interesting things like boys walking in heels, braiding girls’ hair and other such things keeping ‘Women’s Day’ in mind, in an attempt to show men how difficult it is to be women. Probably the most anticipated event was the fashion show, which had themes like ‘wearable art’, ‘women’s empowerment’ and ‘hippies and punks’ to work around.
Participants created and designed outfits according to the themes and displayed eight garments per team. “I am inspired by Alpana art. With that as my vision, I painted the whole sari that I wore. Designing is an art and I prefer to design in a way that allows the audience to experience the riot of colours when I walk down the ramp,” explains Aasti Bhagat from Mount Carmel College, who participated in the fashion show. “It’s great to participate in a fest like ‘Aristeia’ since it helps us to understand trends and competition,” she adds.
Her opinion resonates with Akash, a BSc fashion designing student, who says, “Inter-college fests are a blend of impassioned efforts and manifold ambitions of all forms of youthful activity springing from the threshold of life.”