Shabana’s MIJWAN Fashion Show: Raining Bollywood Stars

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The third year of Shabana Azmi’s NGO, Mijwan Welfare Society, hosted a fashion show, Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 on 3rd September at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. 

Nita Ambani walks the ramp with Shabana Azmi's niece Meghna and Babita. (BOC Photo)
Nita Ambani walks the ramp with Shabana Azmi’s niece Meghna and Babita. (BOC Photo)

The highlight was Mijwan’s female population had their craftsmanship showcased on ramp, by leading models and celebrities, through Manish Malhotra’s designs. The 2012 edition of the show showcased embroidery done entirely by the girls of Mijwan. Manish has translated work done by Mijwan girls into contemporary modern designs.

Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal opened the evening in aid of the Mijwan Welfare Society. Nita Ambani walked with two little girls: Shabana’s niece Meghna and Babita from Kaifi Azmi’s school in Mizwan to support the cause.

Priyanka Chopra clad in a Manish Malhotra outfit walks the ramp at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)
Priyanka Chopra clad in a Manish Malhotra outfit walks the ramp at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)
Manish Malhotra and the celebrity models at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)
Manish Malhotra and the celebrity models at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)
Shabana Azmi poses with the celebrity models at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)
Shabana Azmi poses with the celebrity models at the Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012 fashion show. (BOC Photo)

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20 Models and celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudeva, Ankita Shorey, Arjun Kapoor, Chirag Paswan, Chitrangada Singh, Dia Mirza, Imran Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Kalki Koechlin, Karan Johar, Kunal Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, Neha Dhupia, Parineeti Chopra, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Rohit Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Shahana Goswami, Shazanne Padamsee, Diana Penty, Mary Kom, (who got a standing ovation) etc. walked the ramp for the Mijwan Welfare Society. All of Manish’s creations on the celebs reflected handiwork from Mizwan.

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“In the globalised world of Fashion today it’s pointless to offer silhouettes to the West. But we have craftsmanship which they do not. This is our USP and that’s what we need to focus on. Mijwan to me is a microcosm of what India has to offer the world. We have a long history of the warp and weft of design aesthetics. It’s time we rediscover ourselves and go back to our roots,” says Manish Malhotra.

“In the last three years Manish recognised the talent in Mizwan and has brought it to the forefront with the world now seeing the finest work on his creations. He has broken the tradition and made the girls translate chikankari on net to upgrade their skills and help them earn more money. This has increased their negotiating power with men in their households,” says Shabana Azmi.