The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) commemorated its 21st year anniversary by inaugurating the Couture Hall of Fame, a new initiative that honoured six iconic designers at the Taj Palace hotel, Delhi, on 27 July (Saturday).
Happening alongside the 12th edition of India Couture Week (ICW), the soiree, hosted by Neha Dhupia, honoured gurus, who have redefined the pathways to the Indian design idiom.
The awards started with the First Lady of Indian fashion, Ritu Kumar, moving on to the Mumbai duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla (AJSK), awarded by their long-time muse Jaya Bachchan.
Rohit Bal was crowned by entrepreneur Kalyani Saha.
The evening hosted an eclectic group of India’s top designers, stylists and editors who lauded the contributions of those who moulded and shaped the Indian design dialogues.
The trophy was designed by Sunil Sethi Design Alliance and the decor was executed by Varun Bahl assisted by UAIS design team.
Known for effortless engineering and restraint, Shahab Durazi stole the show, receiving a standing ovation from the attendees and an award from Tina Tahiliani.
Niti Aayog Chairman Amitabh Kant awarded Suneet Varma while suggesting institution of a museum dedicated to Indian design.
A fashion show called ‘Couture Chronicles’, which brought the creations of 21 leading lights of Indian designs to life, was another highlight of the night. Senior journalist Bandana Tiwari gave the final award to the Wharton-educated Tarun Tahiliani.
“My journey at the Fashion Design Council of India started in 2008 and haute couture is the ultimate destination even as our aim is to modernise the blueprint for Indian iconography, reviving forgotten motifs and crafts with insightful techniques. The FDCI Couture Hall of Fame is a coveted recognition for those, who have tirelessly worked towards taking India global. The FDCI Board of Governors has also decided to curate the India Fashion Awards, that will unveil this year,” said FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi.