More than 300 people attended the second version of India’s pioneering androgynous fashion show this week.
It celebrated gender diversity with androgynous collections by established and up-and-coming designers from India and beyond.
What’s more, LGBTI models — including Mr Gay India 2018 — strutted the runway.
According to organizer Neha Balla, the night’s main aim is to blur the lines of gender stereotypes in Indian society.
‘We truly believe that we should work together as human rather than discriminating them on based on color and sexuality.’
‘We think it is everybody’s birthright to be happy, to be in love and to dream of a better future.’
The inaugural fashion show, however, took place in the city of Jaipur in December last year.
Renowned Indian designer and Lakme Fashion Week regular, Anurag Manju Gupta, with his Virtuoso collection. He emphasized hand-woven Indian textiles and traditional crafts and techniques, including block print waraq.
Padma Raj Keshri’s collection, meanwhile, centred on upcycling garments into new clean and clear designs.
London-based designer Corinne Smith showcased a collection in collaboration with local designer Amar Mithapalli. Their black and white shirts were paired with long shrugs, harem pants and digitally printed shorts in bright floral spring. The designers also said they were exploring a person’s inner or hidden self.