The Fellowship

The first-of-its-kind in the country, this fellowship is a unique programme led by The ReFashion Hub and YWater. It provides a platform to young apparel, footwear, and accessory designers where they can think about the impact that current models of the fashion industry have on water. It’ll encourage them to look at building their careers with a focus on environmental sustainability, particularly water stewardship. At every stage, we intend to keep the planet at the heart of the conversation and approach traditional business models with creativity, dynamism and experimentation.

At the end of the five week long three modules programme, each fellow will conceptualise a capsule collection, across textile, footwear or accessories, that incorporates the principles of sustainability and water stewardship and present it to a panel of judges. The winner will be awarded ₹1 lakh to bring their sustainable capsule collection to life.

What the modules cover

The need for mainstreaming sustainable fashion

How to embrace a more sustainable approach in design and production

Planning for the future with sustainable fashion business models

What the fellows will learn

Develop a holistic understanding of sustainable fashion

Learn an alternative approach to the creative and business process of establishing an ethical fashion label

Enrich and expand their professional skill-set through virtual learning sessions, live studio visits and expert interactions

Meet the Winner

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Priyal Turakia

Meet the Judges

Nonita Kalra
Nonita Kalra

Nonita has three decades of experience in print and television media including as the Editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR India (2016-2020) and ELLE India before that.

Parmesh Shahani
Parmesh Shahani

Parmesh, Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd., is the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab which encourages cultural dialogue and experiments.

Akshay Tyagi
Akshay Tyagi

A fashion and textile graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Akshay is a celebrity fashion stylist and Bollywood costume designer.

Tina Tahiliani Parikh
Tina Tahiliani Parikh

As the Executive Director of Ensemble, a multi-brand store set up by Tarun Tahiliani and his wife, Tina has helped the store expand its footprint across Mumbai and Delhi.

Nimish Shah
Nimish Shah

A London College of Fashion (LCF) alumnus who has worked with top global fashion houses, Nimish has been the Creative Director of Bhaane since 2018.

Meet the Mentors

Kriti Tula
Kriti Tula

A trained apparel designer and design manager, Kriti has worked in the global apparel industry for more than 10 years.

Ekta Rajani
Ekta Rajani

As a stylist and design consultant with over 20 years of work experience, Ekta has worked closely with various Indian publications, celebrities, designers, brands and retailers.

Devdeep Saha
Devdeep Saha

Karishma Shahani Khan
Karishma Shahani Khan

A Pune based fashion designer, Karishma launched ‘KaSha’ in 2011. Inspired by Indian crafts, aesthetics and colours, KaSha works predominantly with Indian fabrics like cotton silk.

Dr. Farshid Pahlevani
Dr. Farshid Pahlevani

Dr. Farshid is an internationally acclaimed award-winning scientist and engineer who was selected as Australian’s most innovative engineer in 2020.

Oshin Doshi Jain
Oshin Doshi Jain

Director at DC Apparel, Oshin is passionate about fashion and sustainability especially with regards to the industry’s water consumption habits.

Maadhvi Singh
Maadhvi Singh

Madhavi is a Delhi based textile designer who currently works in Product Development and Material R&D for H&M Home.

Neha Rao
Neha Rao

Neha heads the Hemp Fabric Lab at the Bombay Hemp Company Pvt. Ltd. and is the founder of SOOT that seeks to convert soot into non-toxic dye.

Krittika Sharma
Krittika Sharma

Having worked with individual artisans, NGOs, and designers like Abraham and Thakore, Krittika has her own brand that studies traditional techniques, designs, and then implements them into contemporary product lines.

Rixi Bhatia
Rixi Bhatia

A fashion designer and an innovative entrepreneur, Rixi co-founded - Attic (2008) and Quirk Box (2011) brands. Currently, she’s a Partner/Designer at Half Full.

Arundhati Kumar
Arundhati Kumar

Arundhati, a self-taught designer, is the founder and the creative force behind the sustainable accessories brand, Beej.

Riddhi Jain
Riddhi Jain

An award-winning textile designer, Riddhi is the founder of Studio Medium, a Delhi-based apparel and home textile design studio.

Radhika Dhawan
Radhika Dhawan

Radhika is a fashion brand strategy and marketing advisor. Her Radhika Dhawan Consultancy focuses on strategic marketing in the fashion, lifestyle and luxury space.

Yash Mevada
Yash Mevada

Yash is the Founder, Managing Director and Product Designer at printOmake 3D Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (P3SPL) where he seeks to merge consumer design science with new-age digital fabrication.

Stay tuned to meet the winner and their winning capsule collection.
Stay tuned to meet the winner and their winning capsule collection.
Stay tuned to meet the winner and their winning capsule collection.

Meet the curators

Rushva Parihar
Rushva Parihar

Founder of Ywater, Rushva is a Sustainability Coach with a background in the diverse fields of fashion, wellness, health & non-profit (water & sanitation).

Riddhika Jesrani
Riddhika Jesrani

A jewellery designer, Radhika is also a design thinker with Hunger Inc (Bombay Sweet Shop/O Pedro/Bombay Canteen).