Five students from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design program and a faculty member from
Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom embarked on a week-long educational
visit to the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) in Lahore. This trip, which took
place from January 7th to 13th, was a follow-up to a Declaration of Understanding signed
between Cardiff Met and PIFD earlier in 2023. The agreement was formalized by Professor
Hina Tayyaba Khalil, Vice Chancellor of PIFD, and Professor Cara Aitchison, President and
Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The objectives of the declaration encompassed research collaboration with joint projects and publications, faculty exchanges to facilitate cooperation in teaching, as well as workshops and conferences. It also aimed at enhancing research opportunities, sharing facilities, and promoting student exchanges to foster intercultural competencies and soft skills among students from both institutions.
The visit commenced with an extensive presentation about PIFD for the Cardiff Met delegates, followed by a campus tour that included various studios and workshops. The visiting students engaged in meaningful interactions with PIFD’s students and faculty across different departments.
During their stay, the Cardiff Met delegation participated in a two-day intensive training session hosted by the Departments of Fashion Design and Textile Design at PIFD. This session provided insights into vegetable dyes and garment creation through draping. The process of thesis research, fashion design, and creative textiles were elucidated through the showcase of portfolios and graduate garments. The delegation visited the studio and factory of PIFD alumnus and fashion designer Faiza Saqlain, as well as the design and production facilities of the retail brand ‘Sapphire’.
Additionally, the delegates explored Lahore's rich history and culture, visiting landmarks such as the Lahore Museum, Shalamar Bagh, the Walled City, Badshahi Mosque, and Lahore Fort.