In just two days, three designers have already opened their shows with underage models… seriously underage. Ritu Beri's show had had a trio of little girls, dressed in her glitzy gowns. Delhi-based designer Anju Modi opened her show with a young girl in a flowing lehenga in the designer's trademark style, while Pallavi Mohan of Not So Serious had almost all her leggy models accompanied by cute-as-a-button baby girls, dressed in identical clothing.
"I had children walking the ramp because I wanted to draw attention to my children's wear, since I only make them on orders. And the mother-daughter ensembles are really popular among my clients. Sometimes I've even had grandmothers, mothers and daughters, all requesting variations of the same garment," says Mohan. She admits that she needs to be careful when designing for kids, adding, "I can't use beads or anything that can come loose on my dresses because kids might put that into their mouths. Also, the fabrics have to be much softer so that they don't scratch the child."
But even if you want this mini-me experience, it doesn't come cheap. Mohan admits, "My line for kids starts from Rs 4,000 onwards while the same garment for an adult will be around Rs 10,000 onwards. Even though the kids’ garments might be smaller, the effort and detailing that goes into it is the same. And kids these days are very particular about what they want. I once had a six year old tell me 'don't you think this dress is too loose for me? Maybe we should tighten it a little."