Fashion show with a 'Modern' twist

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) They chose themes as varied as ethnic fusion, yin and yang, psychedelic, and feel neon, created chic clothes, presented them on the ramp and wowed everyone, including ace designer Rohit Bal.

They are not the professionals, but teenage schoolchildren who dressed in neon coloured clothes and lace dresses, created by their fellow schoolmates, hit the ramp Saturday at the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, as part of second edition of the fashion event - Bon Vivant.

In addition to their academics, students explore and participate in the fashion technology as part of their extra-curricular activity to bolster their curriculum vitae.

The show witnessed students of Classes 11 and 12 following fashion trends, putting together different fabrics like georgette, chiffon, and creating garments.

Hema Bajaj, head of fashion technology department - J' Adore, certainly felt proud of her students,who managed to put up the show in just one month.

"The girls (models) we selected were from ninth class onwards. Proper audition was done," she said.

"The whole show was sponsored by parents of participants. Models were chosen on the basis of how they walk and whether they will be able to carry off a suit or a dress," added Bajaj.

It was a well organised event and a special credit goes to Shatakshi Sinha, a Class 10 student, who helped in promoting the show.

"Handling media for the fashion show event was first time and welcoming experience. Such hands-on assignments convert our academic knowledge to practical use," said Sinha.

The themes chosen by designers included shine through the light and black beauty, among others.

Seventeen-year-old designer Mallika Arora, who chose the theme ethnic fusion, walked the ramp as a model and designer.

"For boys, I've designed kurtas and balloon pants. They are basically Indo-western clothes. For girls, there are lehengas, saris and Indo-western gowns," said Mallika, who flaunted self-designed lehenga.

She shopped for materials at places like Chandni Chowk, Janakpuri, Saket and Noida.

"I made sketches first. I found a tailor and explained the designs. He stitched them and I got the fittings done," added the teenager who is hoping to make it big as a fashion designer.

If the clothes in neon colours or black-and-white or metallic left many spellbound, the makeup was worth appreciating.

"I wore Tanya Maheshwari's and Vaibhav Mehra's creation. The theme is yin and yang, so the makeup has been done accordingly," said Kanupria Seth, dressed in figure hugging black and white short dress.

"The focus was on eyes. It's smokey with black and white eye makeup. The lips are nude. The idea of nude makeup has been taken from fashion designer Rohit Bal," she added.

With sky-high heels, the models got the catwalk perfect, thanks to their choreographers Jaspreet Singh Walia and Reba Browne.

While the young designers displayed their creative side on the ramp, ace designer Rohit Bal looked on and constantly appaluded for the budding designers.

"In terms of design and thought, everything has scaled up. Earlier, there were around 60 participants and this year over 90," Lata Vaidyanathan, principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, told IANS.

"As a vision, we will always link up any glamour show in Modern School with sensitising children on value systems and that is to be more inclusive," added Vaidyanathan.

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