On October 13th, the Alliance Française
catwalk was bombarded with a fresh set of models. They were none
other than eight students from Future School!
Sporting Hidesign's Spring-Summer collection
2004, Poongudi, Filip, Jochem, Suryamayi, Hilde, Peter, Shanti
and Jivatma strutted their stuff accompanied by whistling and
yells of encouragement from the crowd of spectators, alongside
professional Indian models.
The atmosphere within the building was tense
and excited. The show didn't begin until an hour after schedule,
which left people with plenty of time to bustle to and fro transporting
snacks (samosas, hummus on baguette, and curious little fried
pastry balls) and wine.
Then suddenly, going on 8.30 pm, whilst many
people were still milling around the snack room, the stage was
illuminated and the music began. Flashes of paparazzi-induced
light constantly spun around the building, near blinding both
the models and any overly-eager audience member who sat down too
close to the stage. Experienced cat walkers and fresh Auroville
attitude in spanking new leather gear alternated appearances.
The grand finale featured all the models together proudly walking
to the front of the catwalk in an S-shape, and exiting off the
side. Dilip and Jacqueline were called to the stage to take a
bow. In less than forty minutes it was all over.
Here is what one of our models (Suryamayi)
had to say about her one-day insight into the world of fashion:
"At 11 o'clock we all met in the Alliance. Walk (on heels)
- up, down, up, down, pose, hold the pose, back straight… This
bag, that jacket - no, change the bag, change the routine, start
again… My legs were aching already in the morning from the previous
night's non-stop dancing at Dilip's… By the end of the day imagine
the state I was in… But I loved it, loved every minute! Prasad
(trainer of the three past Miss India's, including Aishwarya who
became Miss World. Yikes!) was sweet, sophisticated, professional,
and considerate. A pleasure to work with. As were the rest of
the crew, and the models - some of whom didn't spare joke or advice…
And as we walked on stage… blinding lights and the very strongly
appreciated cheers, Chali's and Afsaneh's heard above all!!!"
Photo: Jivatma hidesign
Caption: Jivatma strutting her stuff
Photo credit: Sourya Refuveille