Pearl Academy of Fashion is preparing the stage for India to witness celebrated designers, style gurus and fashion educators from across the globe converge in the vibrant city of Jaipur, Rajasthan under the auspicies of the 14th Annual Conference of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). IFFTI which is a leading international forum for the fashion industry, has chosen India to be a venue for its14th Annual Conference, a five day event which begins from March 17, 2012.
The theme of the IFFTI 2012 conference will be Fashion Beyond Borders and it will address issues such as multicultural identities, virtual connections, commercial opportunities and educational responses amongst others.
The conference is scheduled to include prominent names from the fashion sector including Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli, Simon Lock, Jeffry Aronsson, Rajeev Sethi, Manish Arora, Ram, Sareen, Christopher Sanderson –drawn from all corners of the world to share their thoughts and vision on the business of fashion. Think tanks in Design, Technology and Business of fashion from 40 member institutions of IFFTI representing 19 countries, along with large enterprises and institutes from India, will converge to discuss issues and opportunities pertaining to the vibrant and rapidly evolving sector.
Speaking at the announcement of the IFFTI 2012 conference, Satoshi Onuma, Chairperson, IFFTI said “The idea of fashion has struck a universal chord with multiple fashion weeks occurring across continents. Despite these global market trends, fashion and design haven’t quite evolved as mainstream career options in India. The fashion and design excellence being brought into India through IFFTI will place India on the global platform of fashion education and change mindsets significantly.” “Last year the IFFTI conference was held in Paris, and before that, the venue was Taiwan. But the present scenario sees India emerging as one of the major producers of textile and garments, making India a suitably perfect host for the 2012 IFFTI conference”, he added.
A.K.G. Nair, Group Director, Pearl Academy of Fashion said “It’s indeed a great honor to host the prestigious 14th Annual IFFTI Conference. The IFFTI 2012 conference will have industry representatives from all parts of the globe, ensuring a cross-border exchange of fashion ideas and trends, thereby enriching all stakeholders. Cognizant of the global interests of Indian fashion designers and manufacturers, the IFFTI 2012 conference provides a unique opportunity for our talents to show the world what India has to offer.”
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