Manchester  Exploring BIFT China Day 4

Despite it being sadly our last day in Beijing, we all had the opportunity to finally see what Beijing’s Fashion Institute of Technology looked like! Not to mention being based within a huge campus, BIFT really takes its fashion study seriously; from the various work spaces and numerous sewing rooms, the university also houses a variety of different fashion designers within their studios, providing a sort of incubation area for up and coming talent. Although leaving for Melbourne the day before Beijing’s exciting fashion week kicked off, meaning we would not be around to see the university’s grand scale fashion show, we did get a tiny glimpse of the impressive space in which it will be held in, as well as some behind the scenes preparation work!

Interestingly, BIFT also has a shopping “area” within the campus, which will see fashion and interior design work from its many designers who have their studios within the campus, as well as its students. To describe the quality of work and craft of the pieces sold there, you would only need to glimpse at the sizeable price tags, ensuring the store retains its higher market level.


We were also able to explore BIFT’s museum and gallery on the campus, which houses many important and historical works, artefacts and images; many of which come from the Tibetan people.

Many ethnic people have the custom of wearing silver accessories. Among some traditions, these things are believed to ward off evil and bring good luck, while in modern thought they are symbols of wealth and beauty. Different cultures have their own way of appreciating silver, and the decorative styles differ between the northern and southern nationalities. Even different groups within ta single ethnic minority can show obvious distinctions. For example, the silver accessories worn by the short-skirt Miao people living in the Leishan area are primitive and rough, while they are much more delicate in the higher, more civilised Shidong and Qingjiang area. Silver accessories include headdresses, ear ornaments, neck ornaments, chest adornments, bracelets, rings and costume adornments.

Written by Zoë Hitchen