"Let's Design" Fashion Designing Competition Announces Winners from Kolkata Region

Designs by Deepjyoti Baishya, Anu Parthasarathyon and Pradipta Das
Fashion Designs on cotton by Deepjyoti Baishya, Anu Parthasarathy and Pradipta Das

Kolkata, Jan 24, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Cotton council of India (CCI) and Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) have always been very encouraging to fashion ideas from young minds. For five consecutive years CCI and FDCI have been organizing ‘Let’s Design’ fashion designing competitions for young designers, recognizing them through their creations.

Deepjyoti Baisya, Anu Parthasarathy and Pradeepta Das with their designs
Deepjyoti Baisya, Anu Parthasarathy and Pradeepta Das with their designs

On January 21 innovative and vibrant ideas were revealed when FDCI and CCI jointly announced the winner trios from the Kolkata regional round and presented them.

The designs and their creators were introduced by the jury of ‘Let’s Design 5’ from Kolkata sisters Mona Lamba and Pali Sachdev, Kallol Dutta and Agnieszka Fizol. Selected from over 2000 entries, Pradipta Das, Deepjyoti Baishya and Anu Parthasarathy were chosen for their remarkable work with cotton.

These aspiring designers from Kolkata will join seven other candidates from across India in a bid to make cotton a super-cool yet sober and vivacious fabric for the young and make it the new fashion mantra.

Kallol Datta, designer of the fashion-line "Kallol Datta 1955" and expert degree holder in women’s wear who has represented India many countries besides Lakme Fashion Week, told WBRi, “Cotton was seen in all its magnificent glory as expressed by the young contestants through their designs in Kolkata. I was impressed to see the freshness, innovation and quality of work displayed by them today”.

The top ten candidates will gather in Delhi for the finale where they will be given a series of other assignments to prove their skills in designing. Apart from designing, technicalities they have followed in all the rounds will be be judged. Leading designers like Rina Dhaka, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Kallol Dutta, Mona-Pali  and others will judge the ability of the candidates at the grand finals. One or more designers there will be eliminated in each round after being challenged by the panel of experts. Finally the apprentice who impresses most with skills, technicalities and creativity with the use of cotton will be crowned the winner and will take away the prize money of 1 million Indian Rupees. The winner will also present the winning designs before many dignitaries at Spring-Summer 14 Wills India Fashion Week.

Judges and Models

Pradipta took a minimalistic approach in white and black with the touch of Japanese origami touch on cotton. Anu demonstrated the model on whom she designed red circles with blue band along with limited use of the colour palette and matched accessories that denoted the essence of cotton influenced by London and England. Deepjyoti elaborated on his work based on the essence of Tokyo  - not for daily wear but funky designs one can wear on suitable occasions.

Agnieszka Fijol
Agnieszka Fijol

Pali Sachdev
Pali Sachdev

Noted Kolkata based designers Mona- Pali said, “Cotton is very close to our hearts. A lot can be done with it with innovative approach. Historically cotton was a bit expensive and not usually for the middle class. We revolted against that idea and since then we have been wearing cottons dresses.”

Mona Lamba
Mona Lamba

Kallol Datta
Kallol Datta

- By Barshali Banerjee (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)