Fashion Politics is Hotting Up as FDCI Re-Elects its Board

Post the attempted split of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) a couple of years back when a splinter group broke-off to start the Delhi Fashion Week, it is election time again in FDCI. On February 28th, the Election for the new Board will take-place and from what I heard at the Diesel Party at LAP on Thursday (3rd February) night, the big-daddies of Indian Fashion are lobbying hard to secure a place in the Board. It’s like the good-ole days of FDCI!

Besides Sunil Sethi, the President of FDCI and TJ Singh, a nominated  Board Member, both of whom were reinstated in July 2010 for another term of 2 years, the entire Board will have newly elected members. At the last election there was hardly any contest but this time the all the biggies are gunning for a seat on the Board. FDCI might increase the strength to as many as 16 Board Members.

If you wondering why any designer worth his name wants to be on the Board, well then let me tell you that being on the Board has huge perks. I am very keen to see if Rohit Bal, who is now on the Board of Governors of Lakme Fashion Week will also make it to the FDCI Board. I am also keen to see if the biggies dominated FDCI Board would take care of the interests of the new and upcoming designers or be selfish to strengthen their own positions. But whatever happens, the days leading up to February 28 are sure gonna be exciting ones!

PS: James Ferreira, the veteran designer is pretty upset that the organisors of the Lakme Fashion Week asked for a big amount of Rs. 8 Lakhs from him to let him do the ‘Off-Site’ Show at the forthcoming LFW in March in Mumbai.

7 thoughts on “Fashion Politics is Hotting Up as FDCI Re-Elects its Board

  1. kaushik ghosh

    i also hope the new board of fdci concentrate on picking some real good quality female models for the fashion week rather than parading the same old 35 plus aunties walking the ramp and also some genuinely good male models during the mens weeks–last two men weeks certain male models who were rejected by most good choreographers during every fashion show auditions was seen walking the ramp courtesy — due to their closeness with few gay designers !

  2. kaushik ghosh

    I sincerely hope the new board of FDCI concentrate on picking some real good quality young and talented female models for the fashion week rather than parading the same old 35 plus Model aunties walking the ramp every year and also some genuinely good male models during the mens weeks–last two men weeks i saw certain male models who were rejected by most good choreographers including me during every fashion show auditions was seen walking the ramp courtesy — due to their closeness with few gay designers !

  3. Pat

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  4. raam

    board belong to our veteran designers !! and thre associates, and it would only benefit themselves , while learning fashion in school, i wonder why my teachers did not teach me its 10 % designing and 90% politics lol!!

  5. Fashion Inquisitive

    It’s almost as though the oldest members are the patriarch of the Indian fashion industry. Yes you can smell power and politics nudging and pushing; trying to beef it’s way into the corridors to compete for a seat in the FDCI board.

    I agree with Kaushik Ghosh, there’s a dearth of fresh and fabulous faces on the ramp, and it’s sad that some of the participants, be it designers or models get ahead because of bias or favouritism.

    Looking forward to seeing the work of new designers, and overall, some great, great work. Indian fashion seems to be coming of age.

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