MUMBAI: The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has announced that its designer member, Manish Arora will be the first Indian designer to showcase his collection at the Paris Fashion Week (Spring-Summer 2008 collection) to be held from September 30 to October 7, 2007.
This move is in line with FDCIís aim, which is not just to organise fashion weeks in Indian, but also to promote talent and encourage and endorse exchange of talent with counterpart councils internationally.
Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of FDCI, while announcing this on the final day of WIFW commented that this is a matter of great pride and honour both for Manish as well as for the entire country.
The FDCI is exploring and leveraging its association with international fashion councils, six of its member designers were selected to be a part of the prestigious festival international des Arts de la Mode et de la Photographie (internat1onal fashion and photography festival), at Hyeres in the south of France from April 28-30, 2007.
The designers were selected by Didier Grumbach (President - Federation Francaise de la
Couture Du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode) and Maria Luisa (owner & buyer of one of the most reputed stores in Paris - Maria Luisa chain), who have become regulars at WIFW.
Manish Arora said that this is a moment of great pride for me as the first Indian designer to show at the Paris Fashion Week and showing there has been a dream and now that I have achieved it, I hope to keep the momentum going.
Didier Grumbach, president of the Federation Francaise de la Couture Du Pret-a-porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode said that Manish's collection is perfect and provocative which is a must for fashion in Paris and not exactly folkloric, yet could only be a creation of an Indian designer.
FDCI, a not for profit organization, is the apex Industry body in the field of fashion design in India. Its primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion Ė at home and abroad.