Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has landed itself in a soup with just a month to go for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi.
Reason: the jury responsible for deciding who gets to show at the event this time comprises of their own peers and competitors. What’s more, two of the seven jury members are also taking part in the event. As a result, over 50 designers who have been regularly showing at the fashion week have been shown the door. The rejected designers are not amused and have formally lodged a complaint with the council. “This is bizarre. Nowhere in the world do you have designers judging other designers. It is sheer conflict of interest,” says a designer, not wishing to be named.
We have learnt that the list of designers who’ve been turned down by the jury include young talents like Atsu and Nida Mahmood, as well as veterans like Adarsh Gill and Meera-Muzaffar Ali. “The world over, the jury for fashion weeks comprises critics, buyers and stylists, but not designers. They are bitter rivals in the same industry, how can they be allowed to sit on judgment? It’s unfair,” says another senior designer.
“It’s true that this time we have only designers in the jury, but they are all competent and experienced,” says FDCI president Sunil Sethi. Sources reveal that the ‘anonymous’ jury comprises Rohit Bal and Nikki Mahajan, as well as Anju Modi and Poonam Bhagat, both of who are participants this time.