FDCB celebrates Baishakh

by Alvee Khan

photos by Abdullah Apu

Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh (FDCB) presented ‘Naba Anande Baishakh’ at Khazana Gardenia Banquet hall at Gulshan-2 on April 1 and 2.
The early celebration of Baishakh, the new year of Bengali calendar, was called by FDCB as part of their celebration of the ‘week of tradition’ leading to Baishakh. The programme, sponsored by City Bank and co-sponsored by Vini cosmetics, went on for two days starting from 11.00 am till 9.00 pm.
The festival was inaugurated by Thailand’s ambassador to Bangladesh Rina P. Soemarno. Maheen Khan, chairperson of FDCB gave the welcoming speech and said, ‘This event has been held with a view to expose the fashion enthusiasts of the country to both our tradition as well as traditions of neighbouring countries.’ Vice-president of FDCB Emdad Hoque was also present on the occasion.
The programme showcased vibrant baishakhi clothes prepared by 10 renowned designers of the country. They are: Maheen Khan, Nawshin Khayer, Kuhoo, Lipi Khandker, Biplob Saha, Chandana Dewan, Farah Anzum Bari, Maria Islam, Shahrukh Amin and Rupo Shams. Their stalls showcased saris, shalwar kamiz, ornaments etc.
The festival also featured traditional designer clothes from foreign countries such as Maldives, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bhutan, Thailand, Brunei, Philippines.
Designers’ collection portrayed designs keeping the Baishakhi themes in mind. The designs were full of colours, local motifs, various prints and many more exciting work with a touch of fusion.
A fashion show was held where on two showcases, clothes by Bangladeshi designers and clothes from neighbouring countries were worn by models on ramp.
The joyous and colourful celebration of Baishakh went on for two days, leaving a mark on fashion enthusiast and lovers of our heritage. A good number of crowd appeared and participated in lovely discussions, small talks and learned a great deal from the prominent designers of the country. The festive atmosphere at Khazana Gardenia Banquet hall located in Gulshan-2 felt like it was Baishakh already. Filled with vibrant traditional clothes and accessories, the evenings were one to remember.

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