Arts University Bournemouth has established new links with leading Indian design institutions after a visit to New Delhi
The delegation from AUB took part in an event promoting design education that was hosted by the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith.
AUB’s Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE and BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Course Leader Rebecca Pride both attended the event.
They were joined by BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design student Nikita Dhillon, and the third year designed and made a bespoke couture gown and bolero which was worn at the event by Sir Dominic’s wife Lady Louise Asquith.
With the participation of the British Business Group of India, AUB showed examples of student work including costumes which had featured in the award of the Queen’s medal for Higher Education at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.
Sir Dominic spoke of the importance of design education for the fast-growing Indian economy and Professor Bartholomew described the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy.
The event took place at Sir Dominic’s residence in New Delhi and also confirmed academic collaboration between AUB and leading Indian design institutions.
Working in collaboration with Sushant School of Art and Design, work from AUB was presented for a group of more than 100 influential designers and artists.
Students from the Sushant School modelled costumes made by 2018 graduates and costumes made by former Level 4 Costume and Performance Design students for the 1950’s ‘A Woman’s Place’ project.
A catwalk show of 14 costumes was choreographed by staff from the Sushant School, which is part of the larger Ansal University.