The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and the NGO Tamana came together yesterday for a cause that’s very close to my heart. Titled ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’, the fashion show was held at the Hyatt Regency in Delhi. It gave children from prestigious schools all over Delhi, as well as differently-abled children from the NGO Tamana the opportunity to walk the ramp for an array of amazing designers.
They got a chance to strut their stuff on the runway for industry bigwigs like Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, JJ Valaya, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, and Samant Chauhan. And what a show it was! All their khadi creations came alive on the ramp draped on these beautiful children. Even the chief guest, Australian High Commissioner to India, Ms. Harinder Sidhu, walked the ramp in a stunning Abraham & Thakore creation.
Dr. Shayama Chona, Founder and President of Tamana NGO said,
The idea of partnering with FDCI for this soulful fashion event is the all-encompassing philosophy of how mainstream fashion can bring style into the lives of differently-abled ones. Internationally acclaimed brands have pioneered the concept of making fashion adaptive and inclusive for all and, with The Khadi Fashion event it is our vision to embrace this change in India as well.
Here are some images from this touching event:
Differently-abled children of the NGO Tamana along with students from schools in ensembles by FDCI designers at the Khadi Fashion Show ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’
Pearl Academy’s Ridhi Arora along with differently-abled children of the NGO Tamana at the Khadi Fashion Show ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’
Tamana and Sunil Sethi, President FDCI along with the coveted FDCI designers showcasing their collections at the Khadi Fashion Show ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’
The host for the evening Sunil Sethi, President FDCI along with his wife Bharti Sethi and daughter Tanira Sethi at the Khadi Fashion Show ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’
Designer Rohit Bal along with differently-abled children from the NGO Tamana at the Khadi Fashion Show ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’
Finally, on the partnership with Tamana, FDCI President, Sunil Sethi said,
It is an honour for the FDCI to be associated with this milestone event in which the students of Tamana and other participating schools along with the fashion fraternity showed that fashion knows no boundaries. The unwavering effort of Tamana in supporting their inclusion into the mainstream through the medium of fashion is truly commendable.
This event did a stellar job at pulling at our heartstrings. Even the President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended this brilliant initiative, and we do too. More power to you all who were involved in this effort!