The most popular event at any college fest in the Campus is the Western dance competition. Sexy sequined dresses make for a great sight at these competitions. From local designers to flea markets such as Janpath and Sarojini Nagar, students are taking extra efforts in getting the perfect dress for the competition.
“We design our own clothes. There are two shops in Govindpuri and Lajpat Nagar where we go to for the dress materials,” says Divyoshri Chatterjee,
president, Lady Shri Ram Dance Society. “Then we scout for the most affordable tailor around to stitch these dresses. This year we’ve got halter dresses done in pink and mauve. The costume budget for the entire team was Rs 30,000 and the college reimburses the money.”
“We head out to Chandni Chowk to get cloth in bulk and then get it stitched by a tailor. This year we have a body suit in silver and red,” says Swati Sengar, president, Panacge, the western dance society of Shri Ram College of Commerce. “We pay for our the costumes ourselves and it ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000,” she says.
Boutiques and local designers are also preferred by some colleges. “For the last three years, we’ve been getting costumes designed by a group member’s mother who has her own boutique. This year we have cat-suits in turquoise blue and silver. We usually pay for the costumes from our own pockets but this year we’re hoping that the college authorities reimburse the money,” says Rupani Sharma, president, Enigma, the western dance society in Kamla Nehru College.
Nikita Sikri of Nritya, the dance society of Janki Devi Memorial College, says they’ve been getting their costumes from a designer’s boutique in East Delhi. “This year the costume looks something like a jump suit in pink and silver,” she says.Mahima of Lady Irwin College, says they get costumes from Janpath, Palika Bazaar and Sarojini Nagar markets. “For contemporary dances, a zoav (a kind of harem pants) with a sequinned shrug or halter top is perfect,” she says.