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Fashion and Design Institute Exhibition 2017 : Youth creativity at its best

Fashion and Design Institute Exhibition 2017

The Fashion and Design Institute organised its annual exhibition from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 September at Ebène. The grand event aimed at showcasing the creative works as well as the talents of students.

True to its yearly initiative, the Fashion and Design Institute organised its grand exhibition last week. The three-day exhibition was the occasion for 40 final year students of the Institute to showcase not only their art works but also their creative talents.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition, which took place on Thursday, saw the presence of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Ashit K. Gungah. In his address, the Minister highlighted the importance of creativity and innovation in the business world. Ashit Gungah appealed to the youth present to adopt innovative practices which he said will lead them on a successful path.

The annual event also offered to the students an ideal opportunity to showcase their skills and thus serve as a starter for their professional career. Indeed a first this year, the institution wanted to give a special stamp by organising interviews with employers in the fashion and design field. The latter were invited to contact the institution for their recruitment needs.

An interview booth was provided for this purpose in order to allow potential employers to discuss with the students in complete privacy. This initiative also enabled students to build a network with stakeholders and professionals of the sector.

During the three-day event, the public as well as fashion and art lovers were able to view the variety of art works done by students covering areas such as painting, photography, illustration, animation, interior products, visual communication, sculpture and fashion, among others.

The Fashion & Design Institute, tertiary institution operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Consumer Protection, was set up in 2009. It aims at providing educational, research, consultancy and training facilities and services in the field of fashion and design.

Offering quality education

Minister of of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Ashit Kumar Gungah and Pushpanjali Luchoo, Officer in Charge of the Fashion and Design Institute visiting the exhibition

In her speech during the opening ceremony, Pushpanjali Luchoo, Officer in Charge of the Fashion and Design Institute, did not miss to highlight that the students’ performance is an evidence of the quality of education offered at the institute. As such she underlined the many projects that the FDI is and will be undertaking. “Some courses will be provided in child’s wear, men’s wear, ladies’ wear, painting, photography, accessory making would be provided freely to the public in general. Provisions are being made to launch new courses in shoe making and handbag making and to build a canteen for the students and staff, counselling rooms and also students’ corner. Extracurricular activities for the students are planned so as to make learning enjoyable and most importantly emphasis is being paid to make the Fashion and Design Institute an awarding body.”

Along the same lines, she stated that the Fashion and Design Institute is called upon to play an important role in the socio economic development of Mauritius. “To this end the last budget speech announced the integration of Jewellery centre with the Fashion and Design Institute. We are currently proactively working to implement this measure and hopefully in the weeks to come this year, we will complete this exercise,” she announced.

Pushpanjali Luchoo stated that the exhibition’s aim is first and foremost to celebrate the students’ achievement. “Our stars of this event are our students. The journey with the students so far has been exciting and our training officers have always put their best effort to guide and help them showcasing their hidden qualities. It is very important to enhance the confidence level of the student and this is exactly what training officers have been doing. Children are our future. What our children are going to be in future is what we make of them today. The talent they have demonstrated are the proof that they have the potentiality to be useful citizens in the future.”

A first this year at the FDI: an academic calendar has been designed for the students. “The new academic calendar 2017/2018 started on the 1st August followed by a fruitful induction week where students got the chance to increase their knowledge in different fields such as life skills education, proper use of social media, entrepreneurship, among others,” shares the Officer in Charge. The new academic calendar consists of 10 teaching weeks and one study week, the calendar has taken into account school breaks  and work placements. It also caters for students to do remedial work.

This year for the first time the Fashion and Design Institute is organising two exhibitions. Indeed following the annual exhibition, the institution will organise the second exhibition especially dedicated to Interior Design Students. The event will be taking place on October 10th at Vallée des Prêtres.