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Indore Goes Rainbow! Feronia Fashion Night brings the first exclusive LGBTQ rights show

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Redo Times brought the third edition of Feronia Fashion Night in association with Avantika University, Ujjain and IT by IT Professionals, Jaipur. The fashion show was held on 1st September 2019 at The Grand Bhagwati Palace, Indore. Feronia Fashion Night is an initiative to raise awareness on the very sensitive topic of gender equality and LBTQ inclusiveness.

It is a first of its kind event that showcases Androgynous Fashion – A form of fashion that focuses on breaking the archaic gender stereotype. This is the only event in India that features all the models from the LGBTQ community providing the models with a platform to showcase their talents and get further opportunities.

The event featured collections from top fashion designers from India and around the world including names like the legendary fashion designer Wendell Rodricks who presented a mesmerizing collection named Rainbow warriors as an ode to the victory of the LGBTQ community on the issue of section 377. One of the biggest young designers of India, Padma Raj Kesari presented the scintillating “ReDenim Project” that saw the models dazzle the ramp with a collection emphasizing the need for sustainability in the current scenario. A model citizen while exploring his creativity, Padma Raj talks about two very relevant social issues of the same time.

Other designers like Diana Linda, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Corinne Smith & Amar Mithapalli, Seema Kalavadia and artisans of Maheswari craft presented their collections for the first time in Indore. The audience were also treated to the collections of student designers of from leading fashion institutes across India such as Avantika University, Ujjain and Amity University, Noida. Manisha Rituparna took us to a culture trip of Odisha by bringing alive the Rasarkeli craft on stage.

Mr Wendell Rodricks, a Padma Shree Awardee and one of the most iconic and respected fashion designers in the history of Indian Fashion not only presented the finale collection but also encouraged young LGBTQ models to buckle up and give it their all to achieve their dreams as the chief guest of the event. The Guest of Honour, Ms Diandra Soares talked about the importance of love and how love & acceptance can overpower all difference and thanked established corporates like Repechage, Indigo and Steve Madden for not shying away from such a vital issue.

After the stupendous success of the third edition, team Feronia has successfully raised the scale of the fashion show with the support of media partners like Postman News, EntNetwrk, The Woo Mag, National Chronicle and Radio Mirchi.

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