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New twist in fashion

There’s a new movement in the fashion circuit. Designers are pursuing a non-profit body by the designers, for the designers and of the designers to do away with factions and unite the fraternity, writes Jaydeep Ghosh.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 22, 2009 09:37 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh
Jaydeep Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Rohit Bal

There’s a new movement in the fashion circuit. Some senior designers are pursuing a non-profit body by the designers, for the designers and of the designers to do away with factions and unite the fraternity. As per reliable sources, top designers like Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Gandhi are spearheading this movement.

The plan reportedly is to redefine the FDCI concept, where the memorandum will reserve all the powers and privileges to designers. The board will only have designers (a clear hint that non-designers like Sunil Sethi or Sumeet Nair, if involved, will only be in executive roles). The new movement and its proponents are roping in a high-flying advisory committee which as per our source includes the likes of DLF’s Pia Singh, Priya Paul of Park Hotels, Rajeev Sethi, Aman Nath, industrialist Ness Wadia and some prominent socialites.

FDCI president Sethi said that he was unaware of this. “FDCI itself is a body that belongs to the designers and I am unaware of any such move. Designers are making an effort to be united and have a common fashion week.”

Though the idea is still in its nascent stage, mid-level and junior designers are expressing concern. They feel that it might just turn out to be a coterie of senior designers who hobnob with the prominent figures proposed for the advisory body.

Also fashion bodies across the world have non-designers as chief executives because it is not a designer’s cup of tea to market sponsors and organise events.