Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to host the ‘Fashioning the Future – Sharing Skills, Culture and Sustainability’ fashion show event last weekend in the colourful city of Mumbai.
Students shared the catwalk with their talented counterparts from the Government Polytechnic for Women in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, showcasing their exquisite designs and couture skills learned on a UKIERI/British Council funded knowledge and cultural exchange programme.
Organised in partnership with the Scottish Government, an invited audience from the education and skills sector throughout India was genuinely impressed with the creative skills on show as they were treated to an array of glorious textiles and garments from both colleges.
The students were joined on the catwalk by survivors from Make Love Not Scars and Project Tres who modelled the exquisite gowns to perfection.
Make Love Not Scars is an Indian NGO which supports survivors of devastating acid attacks, providing reconstructive surgery and support to regain their confidence and rebuild their lives. They also campaign against the uncontrolled sale of acid and corrosive substances.
Project Tres is a Goa-based project which supports vulnerable women, children and elderly people, providing them with creative employment opportunities and combatting exclusion and isolation.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, was delighted to join the guests at Mukesh Mills in Mumbai, a popular Bollywood film set, where the audience was quite clearly moved by the performance. The show included presentations from Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid, University of West of Scotland (UWS), Glasgow Caledonian University and the British Council. Focus was on the bonds which unite India and Scotland and the uniqueness of that relationship in the development of the iconic Paisley Pattern.
There were presentations around the exciting UWS ‘Paisley Pearls’ project which reimagines the Paisley pattern, with its origins in the ancient Kashmiri pattern for the digital age and Glasgow Caledonian University’s sustainability initiative.
The event shone a spotlight on the great contribution which colleges and their students can make at an international level, expanding their own skills and cultural experience as well as promoting the role they can play in helping develop the global economy in a sustainable and inclusive way.
Encapsulating the Scottish Government’s ambitions around internationalisation to encourage global citizenship, this visit to India is another prime example of the valuable contribution to be made by both colleges and universities working together to deliver a world-class model of collaboration, skills and cultural exchange.
Over the next few days, Glasgow Kelvin students have broadened their skills and knowledge by visiting the Udaan Welfare Foundation in Mumbai, a health, education and nutrition project for children, women and elderly people.
Students and staff are also the guests of the British High Commission in Delhi to a Receptions which celebrates the strong cultural and business links between Scotland and India.
Alan Sherry, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, said;
“The College is privileged to be a key part of this delegation to India. We are amazed at the creative skills shown by our own talented students and those of our partners at Guntur Polytechnic. The students should be very proud of what they have achieved and they were excited to be showcasing their work to the Deputy First Minister and important guests – it’s an incredible experience and opportunity for them all.
We are extremely grateful to the British Council and UKIERI for making the programme possible and were delighted to meet with our partners in India and collaborate with our education colleagues to host a breathtakingly successful event.”
Jackie Killeen, the British Council’s Director, Scotland said;
“Bringing international experience to life for young people in Scotland is at the very heart of our work, so we are delighted to have supported the students from Glasgow Kelvin College to take part in the special cross-cultural event in India.
The project is an inspirational example of a mutually beneficial collaboration between learners in both countries and we look forward to seeing and learning more about their outstanding work.”