While writing this post, I had to put on my Aretha Franklin song: Respect, because really, that is what Indian fashion designers are seeking from the government.
A multi-layered conversation at Express Adda on Thursday evening brought out aspects of the Indian fashion industry that are seldom spoken about openly. The group spoke about the media’s attitude towards fashion, and why the government distances itself from fashion brands, as well as the dominance of Bollywood on the ramp at the cost of deflecting attention from the clothes.
In attendance were notable industry players, such as Sunseet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Madhu Jain and India’s first supermodel, Anna Bredemeyer. Concerns were raised over the perception of fashion as entertainment, rather than as a creative industry providing employment. Varma commented that the Indian government refuses to recognise fashion designers.
Your can read more about the discussion here.