Students of Year 1 Diploma in Fashion Design from INTI Centre of Art & Design had their talent on display recently when they exhibited their works at an in-house T-Shirt exhibition titled Fabriquè.
With the themes of nature and simplicity, came 26 designs by students from semesters two and three that were hung from raw anchor ropes. The exhibition was made even more impressive by the fact that it was organised, curated and ran entirely by the students as part of a fuller learning experience. In just over two days, it had attracted over 200 visitors, all of whom acted as voters for their favourite designs.
The top three designs with the most votes were then given the honour of being displayed within the school as well as the INTI Centre of Art & Design Facebook page. In the end, it was these gifted three whose T-Shirt appliqué designs stood out the most.
1. The Mfuku by Elaine New
African culture influences Elaine’s design, which is most memorable for its ornament-like main piece in the centre. The bright and earthy tones plus the design title, which is Swahili for ‘necklace’ all point to the inspiration of African necklaces. However, it is ultimately a mesh of traditional and modern, as the knotted macramé fringes are a nod to the Coachella music festival garb.
2. Floral Deer by Ariel Chai Fui See
Nature is where Ariel looked to for her distinctive design. Seeing as flora and fauna are two inextricably linked elements, she decided to incorporate floral prints and natural colours into her work. In order to appeal to a younger, modern crowd, the hip triangle shape is sewn into the design as well.
3. Angel Wings by Sabethra Gopal
Inspired by the idea that angels are protectors, Sabethra conjured up a design that mimics a pair of angel wings enveloping the body, or in this case the shirt that wraps the wearer’s body. In order to add deeper meaning into her design, she opted for the contrasting fabrics of houndstooth printed PU leather and soft cotton that represent conscience and protection.