The Sixth edition of international conference , Green Connect For Social Design”  inaugurated today




Goa khabar : The Green Fashion India (GFI) – Fifth edition of international conference of K. S. S. S’s School of Fashion Technology, Pune brings to Goa “Green Connect For Social Design” on 5thand 6thof October at Kala Academy, Goa. MKSSS’s School Of Fashion Technology, Pune is a premier institute imparting Fashion Education since 1998.


The ceremony was inaugurated at the hands of the Chief Guest- Hon.- Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Goa Tourism Minister, Government of Goa. The  Guest of Honour – Mr. Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI (Clothing Manufacturers Association of India) and Ex- President IAF (International Apparel  Federation) & Chairman, Advisory Board, SOFT. The President GFI- Arch. Ms. Mohana  Kadam,

The Chairman MKSSS- Mr. Promoad Gorhe Vice Chairman- MKSSS-. Prof. N.D.Patil Trustee & Managing Com. Member MKSSS-. Mr. Milind Lele Managing Com. Member MKSSS-, Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni  Secretary MKSSS- Dr. PVS Shastry . and the Secretary GFI- Dr. M. Hundekar

The Chairman of MKSSS, Mr. Promoad Gorhe  in his welcome speech  thanked the Tourism & Sports Minister of Goa, Hon. Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar & the Guest of honour Mr. Rahul Mehta  President, CMAI (Clothing Manufacturers Association of India) and Ex- President IAF (International Apparel Federation) & Chairman, Advisory Board.

The Chairman stressed on two important needs for the society to prosper, they are prosperity through wealth generation & cherishing the value system of the young generation, he further said that combination of both will make the nation truly strong and prosperous, he also mentioned of how the Institute is working towards influencing the young minds towards the Green Movement, and hoped that their initiative would bear positive results.

Minister of Goa, Hon. Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar expressed pleasure & and extended his warm & best wishes to the institute for choosing Goa as their destination for having such a conference in Goa. He thanked the institute for taking the initiative towards promoting Green fashion in India with natural, organic, environmental friendly fabric, natural colour & as the clothing is a necessity at all stages of life.

Dr. M. Hundekar the principal of the Institute, welcomed Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, all the dignitaries, artisan, designers, moderators, exhibitors and the students.

She highlighted on the strong Indian history where practice of recycle-reuse is carried out in the form of hand spinning, hand weaving, use of natural colour dyes. But with industrialization, globalization & modernisation the lifestyle of Indian consumers are impacted with higher prices. She said fortunately this is the time where we should get sensitive towards environment, society, as we have ignored and have led towards the devastation of our environment through toxic chemical, water pollution, use of pesticides in agriculture for growing natural fibres especially cotton.

Mr. Rahul Mehta, The President, CMAI (Clothing Manufacturers Association of India) and Ex- President IAF (International Apparel Federation) & Chairman, Advisory Board.

He enlighten us on the three aspects of sustainability : 1) Economic Sustainability 2) Social Sustainability & environmental sustainability. He explained in details how the three aspects or phase are interconnected for a business. And how the planet needs to be protected He in his words stressed on how important such conference are to the young minds have to carry the same forward & implement these initiatives in the careers.

The President GFI- Arch. Ms. Mohana Kadam,  expressd the need to generate practical solutions for Green sustainable fashions, a structure which can be suitable for a variety of socio- economical condition which can then only uphold the success of this initiative. With this thought the forum will soon explore and brainstorm in various forms of discussion, workshop and finally demonstrate it the form of fashion show. The green Family 500 students 20 education institutes 14 designers of national & international repute, and more than 30 industrial  suppliers & experts from the Fashion fraternity. She urged the new & young dynamic designer to these except challenges to resolve such complex issues and mould oneself to consciously choose to practice ethically and promote fair trade. With all the creative effort & exposure together, we will be able Develop a road map towards sustainability Green Fashion.


SOFT runs Industry Integrated International Autonomous Programs covering areas such as Fashion Design, Fashion Brand Design, and Technology, Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Graduation and Post Graduation Level and also University Degree Programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design, Jewellery design.

With the Vision to be the leading platform for the exchange of ideas, information and sustainable practices, Green Fashion India envisages that Green Fashion as the only choice for present and future.

To achieve so it involves individuals, institutions and organizations of the fashion arena with an active involvement of society and communities in the most conscious manner.

Green Fashion India 2018 Main theme aims to bring the influence of creativity, technology, craft social influences and the young enthusiastic minds having a common motive to practise and promote “Green Fashion”.

The connect is meaningful activity towards enhanced portfolio of future India.

“Green Connect for Social Design” will be held at Kala Academy, Goa, from the 5th to the 6th of October. We invite Goan students to participate and also Goa based Green Entrepreneurs to participate in various ways.


*Felicitation of Sustainability Entrepreneurs / Artisans and Green Fashion Film Festival will also take place.


  1. A)Renowned industrialist and educationalist who are known for their green initiatives would be addressing the young fashion aspirants.
  2. B)Seven eminent fashion designers across the world would be discussing and showcasing their green collection.
  3. C)Participation by: Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ms. Karishma Shahani Khan, Mr. Hemang Agrawal & Benjamin Itter and many more.

*“Students Green Fashion Collection Competition”.

*“Green Fashion Showcase” (Fashion Show)

*Showcase of Sustainable Fashion Work(Competitions)

The Green Fashion India (GFI), an Ecological and Sustainable Initiative of M. K. S. S. S’s School of Fashion Technology, Pune started and supported by Leading Industries, Experts in Sustainable Fashion and Educational Institutes Honoring The Concept Of Sustainability Through Fashion Education Across The World.

This Year The Forum Is Introducing another facet as an extension Of green fashion- “Green Connect For Social Design”- A Coordinated Action Today For Tomorrow’s Solution that not only Contributes To Sustainability In Fashion Industry But Also Enhances Society And Communities To Go Hand In Hand For Enriched Living!

The Green Fashion India (GFI), Will Act As A Facilitator That Sensitize, Connects, Strengthen And Innovate The Careful Selection And Application Of Sustainable Products & Processes In The Field Of Fashion & Textiles. The Forum Also Acts as Initiative In Providing “Green Career And Internship” Database To The Upcoming Youth And Create Job Opportunities In The Field Of Sustainability In The Various Traits Of Fashion & Textiles Such As Handlooms, Crafts, Apparel, Accessories, Manufacturing, Packaging, Branding And Ethical Consumption At Every Level.

Main Theme of the GFI Conference 2018

Green Connect for “Social Design” Social Design- That is mindfulness of ONE’s role and responsibility in society; and use them to bring the Social, Environmental, Ethical (or Just the SUSTAINABLE) change through creativity, innovation and uniqueness, in this case, in specific with Fashion related Products, Process and Community To Lead The Platform For Exchange Of Ideas, Information And Sustainable Practices To Promote ‘Social Design’ As An Extension To Green Fashion For Enriched Sustainable Living! To Move Towards Accomplishments Of GFI Vision And Mission ‘The GFI 2018’ Will Play A Crucial Role By Connecting The Key Contributors Of Green Fashion To Reach To Social Design Formula.

The Executive committee who will be present are:

Dr. M. M. Hundekar, Principal, School of Fashion Technology, Pune,

Dr. P.V.S. Shastry Secretary, MKSSS,

Mr.MilindLele Media Expert and Member of Managing Committee MKSSS,

Mr. Rahul Bhajekar Goble Organic Textile Standards, India,

Dr.Himadri Ghosh Director, BansthaliVidhyapeeth, Jaipur,

Mr. Benjamin Itter Co-Founder and shareholder of Lebenskleidung, Germany,

Mr.Hemang Agarwal Director, Surekha Group, Varanasi,

Mr. Philippe Werhann, Designer (Ting Ding and Kollateralschaden) Germany,

Dr. Anjali Karolia Professor and H.O.D. Clothing and Textiles, M. S. University of Baroda,

Dr.Jignasa Shah HOD, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai,

Dr.ElaDedhia  HOD, NirmalaNiketan College of Home Science, Mumbai,

Mr. Rahul Mishra Awardee of Woolmark Award, Paris,

Ms. Anita Ahuja Founder and Owner “Conserve”,

Mr. Suresh Karale HOD PG , School of Fashion Technology, Pune,

Ms.GarimaBhalla HOD UG , School of Fashion Technology, Pune.

Key-Note would be shared by  Ms. Shefalee, Editor of Voice Of Fashion – IMG Reliance& Dr. Bosco the Founder of BIODYE, Dr. Vandana Bhandari and Mr. Ash Alibhai

The sessions will resume after a brief lunch break with the Felicitation of Sustainability Entrepreneurs / Artisans and Green Fashion Film Festival, which will be inaugurated by Mr. Benjamin Itter. Panel discussions would be held on practices and Innovation in Crafts by Ms. Poonam Pandit (Kalakaar) & Upasana Designer from (Auroville), Practices and Innovation in Technology by Lenzing Practices and Innovation in Education by Mr. Adrien Roberts – GUCCI Initiative with AC&M Practices and Innovation in Design by Mr. Apurva Kothari ( No Nasties) and Mr. Kelshikar, Practices and Innovation in Promotion of Green Fashion by Mr. Gautam Vazirani, Strategist and Curator of Sustainable Fashion – IMG Reliance / Lakme Fashion Week. The panel discussions will be Moderated by Mr. Rahul Bhajekar, Managing Director at Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Mr. Hemang Agrawal, Director, Surekha Group of Industries, Varanasi.

A Flash Mob on “My Own Way” Students Activity and other Students Competitions Invitee Paper Presentations, will be final activity for the 1stday.

The 2nd day of the event will commence at 11.00 am with the “Students Green Fashion Collection Competition”. Green Fashion Showcase” (Fashion Show) will be held by well known designers like Hemang Agrawal, Swati Argade, Karishma Shahani Khan, thereafter a panel Discussion with all, moderated by Ms. Meher Castelino.

Briefing by Mr. BenjaimnItter and Mr. Philippe on “Ethical Fashion Show from Europe,will be held.The Grand Finale Designer Showcase by Mr. Rajesh Pratap Singh Will also be held. The event will conclude with the Release of Research Journal and Prize Distribution Ceremony at 5pm.

The “Showcase of Sustainable Fashion Work” (Competitions) Provide the Knowledge transfer at Various Levels By Connecting The Above Database And Various Traits Of Fashion & Textiles. The Green Fashion India (GFI), Platform is the open source to highlight the initiatives in Sustainability through Fair and Ethical practices by the participants. The variety in the platforms is provided to showcase the Sustainable fashion work at every stage that changes the perspectives of living life. The objective through the means of Platform will facilitate sharing & transferring the ideas for Sustainable Fashion Work that will be judged, acknowledged & showcased in the form of various competitions.

Paper Presentation on any of the Sub Themes of the Conference

The competition is open to all fashion students, faculties and industry experts.  The best three paper presentation will be displayed in the form of posters and the participant can also display the actual product. All the selected papers will be published in the GFI E-publication… The abstract for oral and poster presentation should not exceed 300 words and should not be less than 280 words. The title of the abstract should be followed by the details of Presenter 1 and 2 for Name, Institute, contact details and e-mail id. (It should be an open word file)  For final paper it should be of minimum 5000 words and maximum 5200 words.(It should be an open word file)

“Green Fashion Showcase” (Fashion Show)

The “My Own Way“ by Green Fashion India, is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring students to create beautiful and wearable clothing taking into account traditional crafts. . These traditional crafts are required to be preserved and translated into modern times in order to compete with today’s fashion world. For the competition designers are asked to combine sustainable practices on the one hand and incorporating traditional crafts on the other hand. The 2018 competition is open to students pursuing fashion or related studies, enrolled at an Indian university or having Indian citizenship studying abroad.

The Student are challenged to design a fashion collection that will keep in mind traditional crafts combined with sustainable social design practices. Your designs must inspire your customer to proudly wear their attitude of their heritage while also considering the environment and society surrounding them. An informed loyal customer of a specific brand with application and appreciation of traditional crafts, who wants to proudly show their passion for the traditional craft but at the same time having a modern look the end user can be women, men as well as kids

Grand Finale during Green Fashion India Conference 5th October2018 in Kala Academy, Goa, India. Impress the judges. – For the final judging, your designs will be scored in four categories of equal weighting – Most Innovative Concept, Best Social Contribution, Most Commercially Viable, Most Sustainable – For the Grand Final judging, the additional category of workmanship will be added when the judges can see your collection. Students have to show case 6 garments.

Snippets of the activities of of Green Fashion india (GFI)

Yearly International Conference in Green Fashion

Yearly Green Design Competition

Competitions to encourage green Design practices in young fashion students

Green Initiative awards for Industry and for Designer

Panel discussion to strengthen Green Fashion Initiative

Educational Research Projects Presentation in regards with Green Fashion

Exhibition of Artisans