Ahmedabad city of Gujarat in India hosted a fashion soiree in January 2015. It was titled “From Huts to the High Street.” This was a part of the Vibrant Gujarat Khadi Utsav. This is an incredible fashion show for promotion of “khadi,” say reports.
Unique khadi show
The Gujarat State Khadi and Village Industries Board had organized this fashion show in collaboration with FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India) with UPL Limited as the sponsor. The idea was to encourage handspun khadi in the country as a fashion statement.
The honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shrimati Anandiben Patel, was the chief guest of the fashion show. It was set in the backdrop of the historic Moti Shahi Mahal. The show featured designs on khadi by leading designers like Rohit Bal, Anamika Khanna, and Rajesh Pratap Singh.
Designers’ combined “khadi” creativity
Collection by Anamika saw khadi combined with cape-like jackets and sequins teamed with statement jewelry. Collection of Rajesh featured flowy gowns, dresses, and structured jackets teamed with snoods.
The show’s highlight was the ramp walk by local craftsmen of the “Rabari” community of Gujarat, along with the fashion designer.
Show stopper of the khadi fashion show was the famous Bollywood celebrity, Sonam Kapoor. She walked the ramp with an amalgamation of the works of all three fashion designers. Her attire comprised of “choli” and jacket designed by Anamika Khanna, “lehenga” designed by Rohit Bal, and “dupatta” designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh.
This impressed dignitaries present in the show. It was one of the rare events when one could see top fashion designers working together on a single ensemble to create a show stopping work.
A strong ray of hope for the khadi industry
According to board members of FDCI present there, the working of three designers together is a positive sign and, sooner or later, the fashion industry would see hundreds of designers working together to promote khadi garments in India.
The shawl presented to the honourable Chief Minister was made of Khadi. The garland offered to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also made of Khadi.
The special guest of the show, model and Bollywood actress Chitraganda Singh, presented khadi handkerchiefs to the Chief Minister.
Thanks to the labor done by the designers, khadi arrived on the ramp as a sophisticated fabric, draping the bodies of models in an elegant manner. Experts regard this show as a splendid initiative by designers, the FDCI, and, of course, the Government of Gujarat, to bring Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite fabric in the fashion limelight.