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Manish Malhotra for Mijjwan

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 4, 2012

MANISH MALHOTRA DESIGNS AT MIJJWAN SONNETS IN FABRIC 2012 

The third year of Shabana Azmi’s NGO, Mijwan Welfare Society, hosted a fashion show, Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 on 3rd September at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. The highlight was Mijwan’s female population had their craftsmanship showcased on ramp, by leading models and celebrities, through Manish Malhotra’s designs. The 2012 edition of the show showcased embroidery done entirely by the girls of Mijwan. Manish has translated work done by Mijwan girls into contemporary modern designs.

Three years ago Namrata Goyal and Shabana Azmi approached Manish to help them to promote the Mijwan Welfare Society. At the fundraiser for Mijwan Welfare Society an NGO that was founded by noted film lyricist Kaifi Azmi to empower the girl child, he was introduced to the chikankari work done by the Mijwan girls. He was very impressed by their amazing embroidery. It stands up to the highest standard of craftsmanship anywhere in the world. Manish has wanted to do some socially responsible work for some time and Mijwan provided him the perfect opportunity. Since a year and a half he has adopted Mijwan- a tiny village near Azamgarh UP, playing mentor to 55 women from rural India with regular work and input in embroidery. And boy are we impressed with their work.

Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal opened the evening with a talk   in aid of the Mijwan Welfare Society. Educationist Nita Ambani walked with two little girls :Shabanas niece Meghna from Bombay  and Babita from Kaifi Azmi s school in Mizwan  to support the cause. 20 Models and celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudeva, Ankita Shorey, Arjun Kapoor, Chirag Paswan, Chitrangada Singh, Dia Mirza, Imran Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Kalki Koechlin, Karan Johar, Kunal Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, Neha Dhupia, Parineeti Chopra, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Rohit Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Shahana Goswami, Shazanne Padamsee, Diana Penty, Mary Kom,(who got a standing ovation) etc  walked the ramp for the Mijwan Welfare Society. All the celebs were cheered on by the audience as they sashayed down the ramp in  Manishs creations that  reflected the beautiful  handiwork from Mizwan.

Guest who came forward to support the cause were Mukesh Ambani,  Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej, Poorna and Varsha Patel, Neeraj Bajaj, Bijal Meswani,Urmila Matondkar, Hard Kaur, Riya Sen, Poonam Dhillon, Satish Kaushik, Sheetal Mafatlal etc. The celebs on ramp too sportingly gave a huge round of applause for the guests who showed up the heavy downpour and Manish too was delighted that all the friends  on ramp and  from the audience had braved the rains to make it in support of the Mizwan Welfare Society.

“In the globalised world of Fashion today it’s pointless to offer silhouettes to the West. But we have craftsmanship which they do not. This is our USP and that’s what we need to focus on. Mijwan to me is a microcosm of what India has to offer the world. We have a long history of the warp and weft of design aesthetics. It’s time we rediscover ourselves and go back to our roots,” says Manish Malhotra.

“The sangeet ceremony of the media magnate’s daughter in London chikankari work in the outfit designed by me has been done in Mijwan. It is a proud testament to Indian craftsmanship and it is heartening to provide regular work to these talented women “,   adds Manish.

Celebrities who graced the runway at this event

 Courtesy : Tandem Communications

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