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FDCI and Education New Zealand promote cross-cultural fashion


FDCI and Education New Zealand promote cross-cultural fashion

New Delhi, May X, 2016: The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Education New Zealand (ENZ) will be organising a fashion event ‘Runway to New Zealand’ based on the theme “Future World Connection”, in New Delhi on May 12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency. The extravaganza will showcase ensembles soaked in indigenous, sustainable fabrics by 12 Indian-New Zealand students.

Three students each from Indian fashion institutes - the Pearl Academy (Noida, Jaipur and New Delhi), the National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi), as well as fashion institutes from New Zealand- Massey University and AUT University, together will work in pairs to design for this prestigious event. Each of the six teams will consist of one Indian student and one New Zealander who will present two garments each and compete with each other to be chosen as the best. The Indian students of the two winning teams will be awarded a two-week internship at the participating New Zealand universities. His/Her accommodation and hospitality will be taken care of by the Education New Zealand.

The esteemed panel of judges will consist of Amit Agarwal, Rina Dhaka and Rohit Bal, who will select two winning teams, one each for the AUT University internship and the Massey University internship. The evening will witness the presence of the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr. Grahame Morton, FDCI designers,  and faculty members from the NIFT and Pearl Academy.

New Zealand High Commissioner Grahame Morton said, “We are really excited to have Education New Zealand work with FDCI to host this first joint competition for teams of young kiwi and Indian student designers to develop garments that strongly reference the fabrics, cultural heritage and flair of both countries.   We very much look forward to our fashion institutions and businesses hosting the two Indian winners in New Zealand this year and to the personal collaborations seeded here continuing well into the future.”

“Sustainability is the future of fashion and the FDCI has always supported style with a soul and it has been a recurring leitmotif in our repertoire. This interesting exchange between students from New Zealand and India will make it a spectacular rendition of cross cultural references, creating a surreal experience,” said FDCI President Sunil Sethi.



A non-profit organisation, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 400 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion and design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the business of fashion. FDCI stays true to its commitment to promote the 'Make in India' label as handlooms take center stage, in a country, who's heritage is soaked in the flavours of indigenous crafts.    

Website: www.fdci.org


Education New Zealand (ENZ) is New Zealand’s government agency for international education. ENZ works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad.

Website: www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz | www.enz.govt.nz


H.E. Mr. Grahame Morton (New Zealand High Commissioner to India) and Mr. Sunil Sethi (President, FDCI) join hands to commence the fashion collaboration between India and New Zealand.


(Left-Right) Ms. Monika Chaudhary (Market Development Manager, Education New Zealand), Ms. Jugnu Roy (Country Manager, Education New Zealand), H.E. Mr. Grahame Morton (New Zealand High Commissioner to India), Mr. Sunil Sethi (President, Fashion Design Council of India), Mr. John Laxon (Regional Director, Education New Zealand) announce the dates of the FDCI - New Zealand Fashion Exchange.

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