Indian designer Vaibhav Singh walks the runway with a model in one of his creations, after being named the recipient of an exclusive internship with Paris-based fashion designer Martin Grant, at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in the Dunedin Town Hall last night. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A prestigious internship with Martin Grant in Paris has been
offered to an iD International Emerging Designer Awards
Vaibhav Singh (27), of Kolkata, struck a chord with Mr Grant
- a judge of the awards and this year's iD Dunedin Fashion
Show international guest.
After seeing the Indian designer's collection on Wednesday,
Mr Grant decided to offer him a chance to develop his skill
in the fashion capital.
It is the first time an awards finalist has been offered an
internship with a judge and iD guest designer.
Mr Grant, originally from Australia, has made his name in
fashion through living and working in Paris for about 25
Mr Grant said he hoped Mr Singh, who was working as a
designer for a New Delhi company, could accept the Paris
''Judging such a diverse range of collections was an
incredibly stimulating and rewarding experience. We saw so
much talent in many of the finalists, but for me, Vaibhav
Singh really stood out for his craftsmanship and potential as
a designer,'' Mr Grant said.
The Indian designer's collection ''Ornaments of a Warrior''
was inspired by warrior weapons from various eras, including
a battle axe and ninja throwing star.
His three dramatic outfits featured bold headwear and
incorporated wood, woven leather chains and spikes.
Mr Singh cited British milliner Stephen Jones, who was last
year's iD international guest, as an inspiration, alongside
He also took inspiration from the notion of creating a hero
by using headgear to enhance the human face.
Mr Singh graduated with a bachelor of design degree from the
National Institute of Fashion Technology in Kolkata in 2010
and last year presented his work in several shows and