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AITSAP students blend architecture with fashion 

At a fashion show, architecture students depict India’s built environment since the 1970s



After a two-year of hiatus owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic, students and faculty members of Apeejay Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Planning (AITSAP) were enthralled to participate in a one-of-its-kind fashion show where architecture was presented via fashion.

Representing the growth of wisdom, intellect and belongingness through ‘Five Decades of India’s Built Environment, the fashion show was organised during the recently concluded Festival of Architecture and Interior Design. The occasion celebrated the last 50 years of India’s built environment (since the 1970s) created by the renowned CP Kukreja Architects’ works, which include the Jawaharlal Nehru University buildings.

The evening was full of energy as students displayed their creativity through five stages including Late Modernism, Critical Regionalism, Slick-Tech Architecture, Green Architecture and Net Zero Carbon or Sustainably Architecture.

Sharing her experience, 5th year B Arch student Nistha Sharma, the coordinator of the show, said, “We are representing architecture that was built after the 1970s. This includes sustainable architecture, green architecture, and slick buildings, etc. We also used recyclable materials such as paper, thermocol, cardboards, among others to create the dresses and props. It’s nice to work for such a unique show after such a long time. This show is an opportunity to work together with my juniors and teachers who I couldn’t meet for so long due to the pandemic.”

Another student, Utkarsh Dubey pursuing B Arch with AITSAP said, “My experience with this show has been really nice. I got to know how architecture can be represented in different ways including fashion. How it can be made more fashionable. I like creating designs so I created a skirt that looks like a facade. My design is inspired from the buildings of IIM-Ahmedabad. And the top is made using materials that give it a transparent look resembling the glass structure of the IIM building. This has been fantastic learning,” 

Students and faculty members from AITSAP made their way to the hearts of the audience as they showcased 15 kinds of dresses on stage. “There are 15 kinds of dresses and 15 models dressed up taking inspiration from various buildings. This has been a dynamic experience since the time we received the invitation till today when we have reached the final stage. These are architecture students and it’s great to see how they designed different apparels and worked relentlessly for this fashion show,” added Aastha Kalia, Assistant Professor at AITSAP.

The show concluded with certificate distribution and felicitation ceremony.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.