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NID student bags Wills Lifestyle debut award
Mar '10
In the fourth edition of the "Wills Lifestyle's Awards, 'The Debut' award was won by Sanjit Rath, on Thursday, March 11, 2010. A student of National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, Rath was chosen from amongst 14 finalists who presented their collection at the Wills Lifestyle store in Delhi.

Sanjit bagged the final award in a three round event which is famous for recognizing promising young talent in the fashion design arena from all over the country. This was his first ever major participation in a prestigious event like "Wills Lifestyle's'.

The contest had invited final year students of Fashion design disciplines from all centers of NIFT, NID and Pearl Academy to register as participants.

Speaking exclusively to fibre2fashion, an elated Sanjit shared his experiences about winning the award. When asked how it feels like coming out topper from amongst 319 contestants in a reputed design competition like “Wills Lifestyle's”, he observed that he is certainly overjoyed.

He added by saying, “Leaving 319 participants from leading design colleges behind was a moment worth cherishing, but it was never a easy win as once I got short-listed among the first 45, it was very encouraging and after that I moved in to the last 14 finalists before winning the award finally in the last round”.

We asked Sanjit to elaborate a little about this design competition, to which he responded by saying, “Every year Wills Lifestyle gives an opportunity to the final year design students of leading colleges from India to present their collection, which started three years ago, where, in the first round the participants submit their initial concepts in form of sketches, after which, students who get short-listed from here need to develop the actual garments, as per the sketches submitted in the first round. This is a regional round that happens in Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore respectively and then the final 14 selected students from NIFT, NID and Peal Academy of Fashion showcased there designs for the final round in Delhi.”

Next we asked him to reveal details about the design process of the garments which won the award, to which he said, “Wills Lifestyle had already given them a theme line called 'Sunhara Kal' (A better tomorrow) that targeted concepts like sustainability, so I took inspiration from and also named them' Forest' for one of my garments and 'Phoenix' - the mythological bird for the other.

“Focusing on recycling and reuse, I explored the possibilities of generating new designs from used fabrics by utilizing tools and techniques like Kantha (the embroidery technique from West Bengal) and with Kantha being the basic technique used in the garment construction, the beauty of the garments lay in the absence of any side-seam or panels.

“The color schemes were worked out according to the theme line, for example, the Forest themed garment had hues ranging from yellow till green and likewise for the Phoenix collection the palette varied from oranges till red”.

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