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Fashion Mahabharata

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 28, 2009 16:00 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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These days, reading reports of the feud between the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and the Fashion Foundation of India (FFI) is like reading the great war of the Mahabharata. The only difference is that I still don’t mind reading the Mahabharata… but here, in the fashion kurukshetra, I am damn bored of watching the swords still being crossed.

Bickering and backstabbing
Here, unlike in the Mahabharata, I am no longer convinced that the war is for the right reason. Mudslinging and scoring brownie points seem to be the mantra of the day.

I don’t know why the ‘defection’ (as one party prefers to term it) of fashion designers from one camp to another seems like a big deal. Frankly, I don’t give a damn on who is taking part where. Reporters scurry around looking for this ‘defection’ that makes for newspaper headlines, I don’t understand why would this make news in the first place.

Till now I frankly thought the FDCI was doing its business fairly and nicely. But, of late, it has also started talking about the ‘great’ movement of fashion designers from the FFI to the FDCI. I wonder why would the FDCI want to talk about it in such detail especially when it has successfully conducted its fashion week last season without any of these designers being part of it.

A case of selfish motive, eh?
And as for these fashion designers, I never for a moment thought that these people are so innocent that they didn’t know what they were doing when they opted to be a part of one group. On the contrary, they knew exactly what they were up to while the FFI was being formed. I know for a fact that some of them who promised to be a part of the FFI during the talks eventually opted out of it and remained with the FDCI umbrella for the fashion week runway.

Some of them abstained themselves from taking part on both runways. I refuse to think that this movement is happening because of a sense of unity and solidarity has dawned upon them. It is happening for reasons best known to these designers; it could well be that these guys did not get what they were looking for from the other camp. It certainly isn’t because they thought the FDCI was greater than any other fashion body. Had they thought this way they wouldn’t have ‘defected’ from FDCI in the first place.

Just forget it, move on
In any case, I think enough has been said/written about this so-called ‘war’ that by now has become a laughing matter. Though I have also written on this issue but I think now it should be left alone. An epic like the Mahabharata can still be read a hundred times as it is a source of wisdom but this Mahabharata has become utter boring to read… and to write as well!