Fashion Design Council of India
Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has been an inexorable force in the Indian style horizon. A not for profit, independent conglomeration of fashion designers, formed in 1998, to propagate the business of fashion which with its cerebral viewing of style has left an indelible mark on collective psyche.
It is undoubtedly a juggernaut, which was founded on the basic tenants of scouting, promoting, nurturing and representing foremost design talent from all over the country. Being the apex fashion council in India it is represented by over 400 members and works in collaboration with various government ministries.
FDCI, as a part of its design calendar, holds the bi-annual prÍt-a-porter India Fashion Week for women's wear, and the annual springboard for haute couture, the India Couture Week. Over the years, FDCI has diligently worked towards stimulating designers and their businesses to take Indian fashion beyond its borders.
It has also played an important role in developing marketing strategies, setting high standards and providing tangible value to its members over the last decade. A pan-Indian fashion body, FDCI integrates designers from various states, cities and towns of India into one cohesive body. Representing both established and emerging designers, it plays a pivotal role in shepherding the industry towards sustainable growth.
FDCI promotes designers, retailers, models, make-up artists, hair stylists and choreographers and in turn raises professional standards and improves business practices, while creating immeasurable opportunities which lead to lucrative offers. It has been an engineer for devising mutually beneficial associations for the fashion fraternity with similar councils at international fashion destinations and also with business worldwide.
FDCI's social initiatives reinforces the adage fashion with a soul. Always on the forefront to support and highlight causes of importance and concern, FDCI has lent voice to many issues including empowering the girl child, breast cancer awareness, etc. Other noteworthy associations include the partnership with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to encourage the cause of vegan fashion through the Fashion for Freedom Boycott Bill.