KATHMANDU: The catwalk was set; the music was upbeat and there were many nervous faces. Some were practicing their walk while many chose to sit and relax.
“I am extremely nervous, I cannot say what will happen. I hope I get selected because this is a big opportunity,” said An
nie Gurung, one of the models who had turned up for the TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2011 model audition on June 30.
Apart from the candidates, even the judges — fashion choreographer Prashant
Tamrakar and Shailaja Adhikari, Managing Director of IEC — were very excited to choose the best. They were impressed to see that the candidates
seemed “really serious”.
“We are looking at height, but more than that, complexion, body structure, looks and confidence really counts,” said Tamrakar listing out the critera that they would be looking at. He added that body structure plays a major role as with good body alignment, it is easy to groom models.
Out of 92 models — 33 males, 59 females — 24 (14 females, 10 males) were selected to walk the ramp for the fashion week.
It is not just the models who have been picked, even designers for the week were screened. “We have really become picky this time. Interested designers had to fill up an application form and the selection process conducted was accordingly. This time 25-28 designers will showcase their designs,” informed Adhikari.
Fashion definitely has come a long way and it is evident with the success of TGIF Nepal Fashion Week in the previous years.
“We cannot compare it with the international scenario, but in Nepal this is the Dashain in fashion world. It is a form of homework before entering the international scene. If you look at the last 20 years, you will notice the great leap we have taken, which cannot be overlooked,” shared Tamrakar.
And there is more to look forward to this year.
“We have applied our experience and learning in 2011,” said Adhikari adding that the clothes will be auctioned at the event out of which a certain amount will be donated towards a social cause.