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Men can design

Three NIFT students make their fashion week debut with a Lady GaGa-inspired dress of tin cans.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2010 01:18 IST
Chetna Dua

Clothes made of fabric are passé. Three students of Delhi-based National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) — Anmol Sharma, Ashish Kashyap and Aredath Siddharth — proved the adage that creativity has no bounds when their design, made by energy drink cans, was unveiled on the first day of the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

“Designing with cans was no more difficult than cloth; you just have to understand the medium,” says Anmol, who has been freelancing in installation art.
The trio participated in the World of Wearable Art competition in New Zealand last year. “But being selected among entries from 15 other colleges for the fashion week is a completely different high,” he says. “We also got Rs 50,000 as cash award.”

The dress, that is made of Burn Curate cans held together by metal wires, is very feminine from the front and “aggressive” from the sides and the back. The mood of the dress actually changes with the angle.

The dress has detachable hooks on its sides. The top is a corset but the back and the sides are voluminous. The overall effect on the observer is one of awe.

“Our creation shows the quality of courage latent within a woman, which comes out when she needs it,” says Anmol. “The dress is not just for the ramp; it is also wearable,” chips in Siddharth. “This haute couture garment is all about your personality and your confidence and we’ll love to sell it to our muse, Lady GaGa,” adds Anmol.