The GABA- ARCH Graduate Fashion Show 2015 was a special celebration of 15 glorious years of design education at ARCH. GABA is a platform where our young talented Designers from Apparel, Jewellery and Fashion Accessories showcase their collections. The Guest of Honor for this year’s show was ace fashion designer Anita Dongre (AND Designs India). Present also, as Special Guests and jury members, were fashion designers Abhishek Gupta (Brand-FIGHTERCOCK) & Pratima Pandey (Label-Prama). The show was choreographed by India’s Top Choreographer Aparna & Anisha Bhal. Walking tall among the super models who presented the collections was Sonalika Sahay, Preeti Dhata & Krishna Somani etc.
The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (JMRCL) invited proposals from Fashion and Uniform Design firms to Participate in a “Uniform Design Contest�? to design the uniforms for the employees of the Jaipur Metro. ARCH Academy of Design made a bid for the project with its proposal, which was executed very meticulously under the guidance of the Director Ms. Archana Surana. The entire Design team of Arch Academy of Design comprised of Project Manager, Textile & Fashion Design faculty, Technical experts and students. Keeping to the strict timeline and terms of the uniform design contest, the ARCH team conceptualised and developed the final range of garments (uniforms) for six different categories (cadres) as per the design parameters provided by JMRCL. An independant Jury comprising of 7 members, adjudged the uniforms designed & developed by ARCH as the best and declared Arch as the winner of the bid. The outfits were designed to be a blend of traditional sensibilities & Contemporary style.
The Arch Academy of Design has completed and delivered the main phase of the project successfully, having manufactured and submitted all uniform design samples and accessories, and are now the Official Design Consultants to the JMRCL. Another proud feather in the cap for ARCH!
The Official Manual for the Uniforms is available for viewing on the official website of JMRCL - https://www.jaipurmetrorail.in/pdf/
The ARCH Academy of Design & Perth College, UHI, Scotland, have jointly received the prestigious 45,000 GBP UKIERI 2012 grant for Institutional Capacity Building. Administered through the British Council, the grant funds are for use towards the activities and planned implementation of a 2 year project titled “Communication and Application of Design to Promote Mutual Creative & Cultural Industries�?.
Faculty and Student exchanges including live projects for students within each country is part of the projects agenda and includes building a comprehensive curriculum & the co –development of an Online portal containing shared materials for three distinct course components at beginner and advanced levels. This will be offered for training members of the Creative Industries of respective countries.
Towards completion of all planned outcomes of the project, team members of both partner countries have started visits to each others countries.
The first visit of ARCH to institutional partner, Perth College UHI in Scotland, started off the collaborative project with the preliminaries of scheduling and structuring of the proposed parts and intended activities of the project. In the lovely itinerary planned by Ms. Christiana Margiotti, Subject & Programme Leader - Creative Arts & Technologies and Visual Design & Communications and Lorenze Cairns, Head of Curriculum, Creative Industries, the ARCH team got a firsthand experience of the visible culture, heritage and creative components of the Scottish Creative & Cultural Industries and was productive in terms of achieving agreeable cohesion of thought and intent between the individual partners in the collaborative effort.
Ms Margiotti in turn has just led a visit to India with Perth faculty member Helen Rogers and two students, where the ARCH team familiarized the visiting team with some of the components of the Indian Creative & Cultural Industries.
The project is progressing very well and ARCH students will be visiting Scotland in the next trip scheduled for early January 2015.
A conference ‘India for Animals’ (IFA), celebrating the Animal Protection Movement in India was organized at the Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur, by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO).
Arch provided Design Consultancy Services to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), for CeraGlass 2012 (an International B2B trade fair & conference on Ceramics, Glass & Allied products).
ARCH is working on a 5 yr long Artisans Training Program, sanctioned & funded by the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, Govt. of India, under the Human Resource Development through Established Institutions Scheme.
ACCESS is a not-for-profit company with its aim to incubate new institutions to enable their efforts towards self-sufficiency and self-sustainability.
Taal Chappar is a forest area of Churu district in Rajasthan famous for its black-bucks.
Ms Richa Lakwal, Fashion Design Faculty at ARCH, presented a research paper at a three day International Conference on Fashion,