And we thought all’s well in this paradise. After months of truce talks, the factions in the fashion fraternity had recently come together and announced that Delhi would finally have only one fashion week. Now, it turns out that the announcement was made a tad bit too soon.
Reliable sources have informed HT City that trouble is brewing over the hyped merger between FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India) and FDPC (Fashion Design Promotion Council). The bone of contention, among other issues, is a ten acre plot of land in Maidan Garhi, which according to FDPC, was already allotted to them by DDA for setting up a fashion hub. Based on this, FDPC wanted designers to dissolve FDCI and come under its wings. However, designers, not wanting to be quoted, have revealed that till date, no formal allotment has taken place and there is no progress on the proposal either. Secretary,
Ministry of Textiles was unavailable for confirmation on the status of the hub, despite repeated attempts. Further, in the proposed re-organisation, senior designers are disillusioned by the lack of clarity on whether the benefits they enjoy due to their 11 year old association with FDCI would be accorded by FDPC in the new hub as well.
FDCI President Sunil Sethi, who was to take over as DG of FDPC in the new re-organisation, is standing firmly with the designers on this and wants this clarity before signing on the dotted line. Sethi said, “I have a huge responsibility and at this crucial time, I want to do whatever is in the interest of designers. No lure of authority can make me waver in the bigger interest of the fashion industry.” Designer Reynu Taandon says, “It’s a good idea to have all designers under one roof but it has to be with FDCI and with the consent of Mr Sethi.”
When contacted, Vijay Singh, CEO, FDPC said, “I still have to inquire about the status of fashion hub with the ministry of textiles. The call on who gets what in the fashion hub will finally rest with the Governing Council in the Ministry, not a CEO or a Director.” At the time of going to press, last ditch efforts were being made by FDPC in an emergency meeting to resolve the issue and present a unified picture.