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.