Narrate the changes you have witnessed in global fashion since you started I started when all fashion came from Paris. In 1958 that was 50 years ago last year, I covered Yves Saint Laurents first collection after the death of Christian Dior. During the ’60s, I eye-witnessed the you thquake/mini/moon maidens. It was the first time mothers and daughters dressed differently. It was the direct result of the pill, drugs, the Age of Aquarius and man’s landing on the moon. Compare the Indian fashion scenario with the international fashion Because I have not covered lakme Fashion Week or spent any time in India until now, I do not feel qualified to answer, other than to say that India is now a player on the international fashion scenethanks in large part, I believe, to the fact that international buyers and press now attend Lakme Fashion Week. Strengths and weaknesses of the Indian fashion.
Fraternity Strengths: Bollywood has obviously been an influence on fashion in India, giving the industry an international exposure it did not have before. India has a reputation for being the place to go for beading, embroideries, etc. India has been a source for cheap labor, thereby attracting many international companies to use your manufacturing facilities. Weaknesses: The fashion director of Lord and Taylor, with 40 some stores nationwide, including the N.Y. flagship, told me that she had come to Lakme Fashion Week thrilled by the creativity in India and that she purchased from several designers. Alas, she said, deliveries were not dependable, if at all, and communication was difficulti.e., no responses to emails, etc. This was 2 or 3 years ago so hopefully this no longer if a weakness.
Your take on increasing number of sponsored fashion weeks around the world and its impact on the original ones at Milan and Paris. I believe the IMG fashion weeks around the world have had a major impact in publicizing which were, until those weeks were held, marginal fashion centers. This was true in New York, when, in 1993, the first shows in Bryant Park literally transformed the American fashion industry. I do not believe these “regional” shows have hurt the ones in Milan and Paris, as these were already well-established fashion centers. Formal Grounding in Fashion journalism is paid lip sympathy Comment it’s hard to have a formal grounding in fashion journalism unless that means working as an intern at a fashion magazine. Do the fashion schools in India have courses in fashion Journalism? If they do, of course I would recommend a course. If they do not, I would say study the field, read Suzy Menkes in the international Herald Tribune and the writers for Women’s Wear Daily and W. If you want to be a good writer, first be a good reader.
Your agenda and expectation at the Lakme Fashion Week Fashion Media Workshop My agenda during Lakme Fashion Week Fashion Media Workshop is to learn all I can about India and fashion journalism in India. I want to be enlightened. Pearls of wisdom for aspiring fashion journalists. Find a boss who is someone you admiresomeone you would “die” to work for, then stop, look and listen as you learn. Come with an open mind. Set aside preconceived notions about the field. Read the best writers and see how they include both sides of a story, especially if it is a controversial subject.