Fashionistas want Dwarka to be Capital’s 7th Avenue

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has approached Union minister of state for urban development Ajay Maken with a concept of a fashion hub and asked for land for it. The proposed seven-acre hub at Dwarka will have a state-of-the-art convention centre where it can hold fashion weeks, a five-star boutique hotel, a textile-related craft village, and boutiques of member designers. “I would like to see this happening before the Commonwealth Games in 2010, where visitors can come and have a look at what India has to offer in terms of its culture and tradition,” says FDCI’s Rathi Vinay Jha. “The textiles ministry will oversee the whole process. The plans are in their initial stages, but I hope that everything will fall in place very soon.” The fashion district will also house FDCI’s corporate office, a textile museum, a resource centre for fashion and textiles, and a fashion library. It will also have a convention centre for conferences and seminars on topics other than fashion. “We hope to begin the work once the allotment is made,” says senior FDCI board member Leena Singh who along with former minister and MP Jagdish Tytler initiated the concept. The allotment of land is expected to be made through DDA and the textiles ministry. With this, the fashion design industry in India will finally have the government recognition it has been longing for. “I hope this will pave the way for Indian designers to be together once again as it happened after FDCI came into being and fashion weeks started happening,” says FDCI board member Tarun Tahiliani.
– Hindustan Times