Thursday, October 22, 2009

How Divyanka Bedi won the Van Heusen Emerging Designer of the Year Contest 2009

Divyanka Bedi, a graduate from the Raffles Design Institute, Mumbai was chosen together with Amalraj Sengupta, a NIFT Kolkata graduate and Varun Arora, a student at Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi, as the finalists to the Van Heusen Emerging Designer of the Year Contest 2009 organized by the FDCI. The 3 were selected by an independent jury from over 70 entries received from the different fashion designing institutes across the nation.

Divyanka, Amalraj & Varun created a line based on the submitted sketches in accordance with model measurements provided to them to showcase their talent & creativity. The fashion line created by them was then exhibited at the ‘Van Heusen India Men's Week’ held between September 11-13, 2009. The jury selected Divyanka Bedi as the winner based on the presentation of the final line and felicitated the ‘Van Heusen Emerging Designer of the Year 2009’ with the winners trophy to her.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When Divyanka won the Triumph Inspiration Award

When Divyanka Bedi won the Triumph Inspiration AwardDivyanka Bedi was declared the national winner of the Triumph Inspiration Award 2008. The Triumph Inspiration Award challenges students to interpret a design motto using all their talent, creativity and inspiration. It's a competition in conceptualizing and designing what we call a showpiece.

The Triumph Inspiration Award is divided into two stages: A national final and an international final. First, talented young creators have to compete at a national level. Their concepts & showpieces are made up against those of other students of their school and or other prestigious design schools. It's about coming up with the best concept, which is in line with the theme. The garment they design, needs to inspire and convince the panel.

Winning the national final will automatically qualify the student for the international final, where their inspirational creation will be presented to the international media and judged by a jury of internationally renowned experts from the fields of fashion, design and media. Raffles Design International, Mumbai's Fashion Design student Ms Divyanka Bedi has emerged from the contest as the National Champion. Divyanka represented Raffles at Beijing in July.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Divyanka Bedi is a fashionista

Divyanka Bedi, aged 22, the daughter of veteran Bollywood actor Ranjeet & wife Naazneen is a fashionista. Divyanka was recently seen at the Van Heusen India Mens Week with father Ranjeet in New Delhi. Ranjeet was initially worried about Divyanka's career choice. "I guess he was scared as to how he'd help me. No one in my family has ever been in fashion."

Fashion Background
A graduate from Raffles Design Institute, Mumbai, Divyanka registered her label GigiB in 2007, but is yet to launch it formally.

She won the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Installation contest in 2007, followed by the Triumph Inspiration Awards in 2008. In September 2009, she was the second runner-up in the Emerging Designer category at Van Heusen India Mens Week.

Why Fashion?
In her teens, Divyanka "wanted to be everything from an IAS officer, musician to fashion designer." But her love for clothes won.

Future plans?
In November, Divyanka will move to Delhi for an internship, followed by a stint with Van Heusen. "I want to study menswear designing at Central St Martins College of Art & Design in UK or La Chambre Syndicate in Paris. Then I will launch my label."