IGFS is the event that welcomes fashion graduates from across the world to celebrate their talents and success representing their individual nations on one platform which took place on July 9 2017 at Colombo Hilton during the French spring festival in Sri Lanka. Designers from many countries demonstrated their first collection as a new designer launching themselves to the fashion industry graduating from many universities across the world. This year, there were designers from France, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated in this event.
The objective of IGFS was to bring together international designers to join hands in future entrepreneurships in design and share talent and technical expertise from each country to serve better in the industry in the future.
IGFS is conceptualised and organised by Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology and Mod’Art International (Sri Lanka branch) in partnership with the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka.
Through IGFS we focus on developing cross cultural links, exchanging ideas and technical know how of various countries, and encouraging young designers to build partnerships and create international businesses with new concepts.
In a fast-moving world, where fast fashion is impacting on many people on its process and polluting the environment rapidly, we hope opportunities like IGFS could bring value to the fashion and apparel industry and the consumers of fashion.
New designers, breaking the boundaries and joining hands internationally with one another, celebrating design, fashion, cultures and visions have opened many new avenues to experience fashion with value in the world.
On arrival of all participants on the 5th July, the international participants were welcomed by the French Ambassador at a reception at his residence. On the 6th July the IGFS team of designers participated in a fashion and Apparel talk show organised by LIFT and Modart at the Jetwings Colombo 07 from 9am -12noon . On the 7th July the team could do the factory visits to the Biyagama zone MAS factories, organised by Noyon Lanka the French lace manufacturer in the country as well as linia Intimo, Silueta and rapid which are under the same group MAS. 7th July Evening the team were able to explore the Colombo city in the City tour bus sponsored by Ebert Silva Holidays. This day all the Sri Lankan designers could assist the foreign designers to explore the best of Colombo. 8th July the team visited the Eric Suriyasena Batik workshop in Marawila. Mr. Erik the renowned Sri Lankan batik designer shared the insights of this unique Sri Lankan craft and trained them to sample batik in his workshop. 9th July the final event, the mega fashion evening kicked off at 6pm with an exhibition of international portfolios on display. At 7pm the fashion show continued with a musical entertainment of the Gala Swing Quartet Band, and at 9pm the after party begins.