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Meet DU’s style brigade

In our weekly series of DU’s cultural societies, today, we give you a low down on the popular fashion societies.

education Updated: Jul 13, 2012 00:26 IST
Eshita Dhamija
Eshita Dhamija
Hindustan Times

Among all the cultural societies in the colleges of Delhi University (DU), the most visually appealing is the fashion society, as its members organise fashions shows from time to time. As for what the society looks for in a member, Princy Jain, president, Galore, the fashion society of Maitreyi College, says, “The candidate should be tall and slim, with the right attitude and a flair for fashion.” Here are some popular fashion societies of DU.

DU societies unplugged

Glitz, Kamala Nehru College
Formed in 2006, this fashion society has won at fests not only in the city, but in colleges outside the city as well. They have also been winners at the fests held in Hansraj College, Shivaji College and Management Development Institute (MDI). They were finalists at the Hindustan Times Youth Nexus 2012 too.

Their auditions rounds are intense and not that easy. “We have three rounds of auditions where the candidates are judged on the basis of their physique, creativity and confidence,” says Smriti Mamgain, president of Glitz.

A two hour practice session everyday is a must for the members.

Biggest competitors:
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

Nakshatra, Hindu College
This society, started by actor Arjun Rampal in 1990, is the oldest fashion society of DU. With an average strength of 15 members, the society has won various competitions. “We have three rounds of audition — individual ramp walking, ramp walk with a partner and an interview round,” says Anamika Chatheriane Ekka, president, Nakshatra.

The members of the society meet everyday for an hour after college for practice and future plans.

Biggest competitor:
Kamala Nehru College

Galore, Maitreyi College
This society was formed in 2010. They have bagged prizes at the annual fests of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Hindu College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), BITS Pliani, among others.

“Our audition rounds are easy. First, we check the way the candidates walk on the ramp. Then, we give them a theme, according to which, they have to perform. We also hire a professional choreographer for the practice sessions and for choosing the themes during fest season,” says Princy Jain, president, Galore.

They practice everyday for three hours.

Biggest competitor:
Kamala Nehru College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

Debonair, Daulat Ram College
The fashion society of Daulat Ram College was established in the year 2009. Known as Debonair, the society selects its members through a two round audition process.

In the first round, the contestants are asked to walk the ramp, where they are judged on the way they carry themselves. After that, they are also interviewed in the same round. The interviewers test the oratory skills of the candidates. In the second round of the audition, the candidates are judged on what type of body structure they have.

This society has won prizes at fests of various colleges such as Ramjas and Keshav Mahavidyalaya. They are also known for their choreography and the kind of music that they play at their shows. This society also has an active Facebook page, where they post about their latest activities.

Biggest competitors:
Kamala Nehru College

Stylus.Inc, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC)
It is one of the few societies that has a majority of boys as its members. They won the Hindustan Times Youth Nexus held this year and also won the fests at Dyal Singh and Maitreyi College. They have been winning the fashion competition at BITS Pilani for a consecutive six years now.

“We judge the candidates on the basis of their attitude, looks and walk,” says Shivam Taneja, president, Stylus.Inc.

Biggest competitor:
Maitreyi and Kamala Nehru College

Honex, Institute of Home Economics
The fashion society of this college was formed in 2006. One of the most popular fashion societies of DU, they had even made it to the finals of the Hindustan Times Youth Nexus 2012.

One has to go through an audition round to become a member of the society. “We judge the candidates according to their walk, their attitude, their sense of rhythm and creativity. Our members are full of team spirit, and when it comes to fashion, we give our best,” says Shikha Narula, coordinator of Honex.

They practice everyday for two hours depending upon the schedule and convenience of the members.

Biggest competitors:
Kamala Nehru College and Maitreyi College

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First Published: Jul 12, 2012 16:48 IST