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The Indian government doesn’t have the vision to give fashion the required importance, says Troy Costa, who famously dressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on one of his trips to the US. However, the designer feels Smriti Irani’s appointment as Union Textiles Minister will bring changes to the lives of skilled labour in the country.

“India needs some help from the government with regards to creating bigger format of skilled labour, tailoring programme, pattern-making classes and schools.

“Like in every country, the government is very much involved in the industry of fashion, and sometimes fashion runs a city, for instance Paris and Milan. Unfortunately, the Indian government doesn’t have the vision to give fashion that importance,” Costa told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

He said that to strengthen the country’s offerings in the global fashion map, training skilled labour at every level is the need of the hour.

“They (government) need to build an all-India skilled programme,” he added.
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If you're an expecting mother, you will constantly be under the conundrum — should you try to conceal the baby bump or flaunt it proudly? Whatever your choice, being pregnant doesn't mean you have to switch to ill-fitting frumpy clothes or only stick to maternity gowns. When you go shopping the next time, here are a few options to keep in mind.

expecting women, layering, if done right, won't make you look large. For a regular day outing, you can opt for tunics over leggings and thrown in a colourful scarf. If it's cold, buy stylish cardigans, blazers or denim jackets and wear them over your regular tops and kurtis. Make sure you leave them unbuttoned or not completely zipped. Scoop, boat and V-neck blouses are good choices for pregnant women, because they frame the face well.

Be a smart shopper
Don't spend money on too many maternity tops or dresses. Because post-pregnancy, when you lose weight, they will be rendered useless. Instead, buy a few classics and staples and add colour and style with layers by using pieces from your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.

women stay away from jewellery during their pregnancy because they find it tedious to match it with clothes in their maternity wardrobe. But accessorising with a statement piece of ornament or even a dainty trinket can completely transform a boring outfit. Also, it will add some cheer to your look on
a particularly frumpy day!

Patterns, prints and colours
Horizontal stripes or light colours — pregnant women find these a strict no-no. They believe horizontal stripes make them look big but if you sport the pattern all over your dress, the result can be flattering. And while dark colours like navy and black make one look slimmer, if you want to wear a lighter shade, go for a top or dress with ruching details around the stomach.

months of your pregnancy, invest in a pair of comfy denim pants or boyfriend jeans. You can also wear a belly band, till the time you need to buy maternity pants. By the fifth month, get a pair of stretchy maternity jeans. These are not just fashionable, but also convenient if you don't want to wear a dress. While buying a pair of Jeans, try it both over the bump and under it, to see which feels the most comfortable.

Maxi dresses
For those who don't want to flaunt their baby bump or make their pregnancy very obvious, Maxi dresses help conceal the stomach as they flow away from the tummy. Go for V-neck, A-line or empire waist dress. A comfortable outfit, they have a seam under the bust so there's room for an expanding bump. And they lend a very feminine appeal too.
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New Delhi: The second edition of North East India Fashion Week (NEIFW), which gives weavers and designers from the northeast region a platform to showcase their creations, will be held in Itanagar from August 19 onwards.
A NEIFW Collection boutique will also be setup in London later this year.
To promote the gala, which will conclude on August 21, a fashion event was held here on Thursday.
Designer Yana Ngoba Chakpu, also the Chief Operating Officer of NEIFW, told IANS: “I am one of the northeast designers who works with weavers from all the northeast states. There are very less number of active weavers. So to encourage them and work with them, we met weavers of Meghalaya, Mizoram and other northeast states. For this edition, there are about 25 designers and weavers who are participating.”
The participating designers of NEIFW, which has been conceptualised by Affluent Ray of Light, also include two from Bihar and Rajasthan.
“Bansala Mishra is from Bihar. She loves the northeast. She has even used eri and muga silk for her collection. Archana Kabra is from Rajasthan. She has also used muga silk for her creations,” said Chakpu, who had presented a collection in collaboration with designer Nabam Aka, also from Arunachal Pradesh, as a part of the London Fashion Week’s off-schedule show Fashions Finest last year.
The designer also shared that a NEIFW Collection boutique will be setup in London in September.
“After doing London Fashion Week, the demand for handloom has gone up. I thought that instead of just my products, I should also club it with other designers. So, every designer who gets registered with NEIFW will get a chance to keep their products in the boutique,” she said.
Popular actor Adil Hussain, who hails from Assam, is excited to be the brand ambassador of NEIFW.
“Fashion shows like these are importanta the ones that promote these kind of artistic activities. Popular names need to endorse such work so that others think that ‘Oh! this is also okay to wear. The designs are also in and it’s cool to wear these designs’. Ultimately, the designers and weavers should get financial benefit from the entire exercise. People should come and buy the products,” the “Life of Pi” actor told IANS here.
Former Mr. India International contestant Opang Jamir, from Nagaland, was also present in the promotional event that gave a glimpse of the fashion gala. Designer Arita Kashyap (Assam), Rohila Engtipi representing the Karbi weavers; Koombang- TheStorm representing the Mishing Weavers, and designer Rupert Lynrha (Meghalaya) also attended the event.
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IT’S the dream of every fashion designer to be able to showcase their collections on an international platform.

The dream is soon going to be a reality for 10 students of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD).

On September 17, 10 selected students from the INIFD centres across India will be given an  opportunity to present a capsule collection each at a show organised by Fashion Scout as a part of London Fashion Week’s (LFW) Spring Summer 2017 edition.

Responsible for the launch of a whole generation of designers, including Peter Pilotto, David Koma, William Tempest, Craig Lawrence and Phoebe English, Fashion Scout is one of the UK’s largest independent showcases for emerging and established talent during LFW and a prominent fixture among Paris showrooms.

“We have shortlisted 17 students from across INIFD centres and will be bringing that list down to 10 after a four-day workshop with London stylist and mentor Joseph Toronka,” said designer and INIFD director Priyanka Khosla.

Toronka, who was also present at the formal announcement on Wednesday, said: “There is immense talent in India and all that students need is the right exposure and mentoring. International labels are vying to launch in India and for fashion design students, it would be the ideal opportunity to showcase their skills.”

Toronka said it’s important for students to make their impression at such an international showcase. “Students need to highlight Indian aesthetics, but in a contemporary way. They have to keep in mind an international audience and that’s where I can offer help,” he said.

The 17 finalists from INIFD centres across India, who are in Chandigarh for the workshop, presented a glimpse of their concepts and themes.

Choosing to showcase Mandana art from Rajasthan is Aniba Daga from Indore, while her contemporary from the same city, Jimmy Devda has chosen the Taj Hotel in Mumbai.

“I was taken in my the concept of illusion and will be showcasing my interpretation of the same,” said Faiz Zariwala, an INIFD student from Mumbai, who is also assisting designer and stylist Ashley Rebello for Salman Khan’s look in the forthcoming season of Big Boss.

For Jatin Kanwar, a designer from Shimla studying in Chandigarh, childhood memories spent sky gazing have inspired his collection ‘Pie in the sky’, while Kanchan Gurwani from Baroda will be working on a collection inspired by yoga.

“I wanted to showcase India in all its glory and therefore chose the Indian elephant and the tradition of decorating it for my theme,” said Bhawdeep Singh from Ludhiana.

Presenting her home Kashmir will be Sabah Shabnam, a student from Hyderabad. “It hasn’t been easy for me to make it this far and I hope to make it to London too,” said the young Kashmiri girl.

A final round of selection will be held in London by the end of this month.
The other finalists include Daisy Tanwani (Jaipur), Komila Lalwani, Priya Dedhia, Priya Gaekwad and Pradnya Kamble (Pune), Roshni Gupta (Gwalior); Lisa Rai, Pallavi Soni, (Indore); Nidhi Maheshwari (Nagpur) and Urvi Vira (Mumbai).
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From flying gowns and beach pyjamas to how the first designer label and fashion show came to be conceptualised… We give you the low-down on a Parisian exhibition that chronicles the milestones
Monkey’s suit, 1730-1750, silk taffeta
Monkey’s suit, 1730-1750, silk taffeta
Hussein Chalayan, dress, Spring/Summer 2000, silk faille, cotton linen and synthetic tulle
Hussein Chalayan, dress, Spring/Summer 2000, silk faille, cotton linen and synthetic tulle

Thirty years ago in 1986, Jack Lang, France’s Minister of Culture, conferred on French fashion its letters de noblesse by inaugurating the Musée de la Mode et du Textile within the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The State thereby gave a heritage status to fashion, which is so inextricably linked with the French art of living.

It is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this unique fashion moment and to pay homage to this collective adventure, that Paris, the world’s fashion capital, has raised the curtain on the exhibition Fashion Forward, Trois siècles de mode (Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion).
André Courrèges, trouser ensemble, haute couture, Spring/Summer 1965, wool and cotton double-sided twill
André Courrèges, trouser ensemble, haute couture, Spring/Summer 1965, wool and cotton double-sided twill
“Paul Poiret’s dresses narrated by Paul Iribe”, Paris, 1908
“Paul Poiret’s dresses narrated by Paul Iribe”, Paris, 1908

Around 300 pieces have been carefully selected from the museum’s vast collection of around 1,50,000 exhibits, from regular glass display cases and reserve stocks, and exhibited in the impressive Nave section of the museum. These represent articles of men’s, women’s and children’s attire as well as accessories such as footwear, fans, gloves, parasols, stoles, purses, etc. A walk through the exhibition takes us on a journey through time, with the defining moments of fashion history captured via an aesthetic, chronological frieze of costumes, gowns and finery from the early 18th century down to the most eclectic, contemporary creations. The year 1715, the starting point of the exhibition, marked a turning point in fashion history. It was the year of Louis XIV’s death and the beginning of the Regency period, with a clear shift in the way of dressing at the Court of France.
Robe à la française (sack-back gown), around 1740, silk damask with silk and metallic thread-brocaded satin
Robe à la française (sack-back gown), around 1740, silk damask with silk and metallic thread-brocaded satin
Visit 1870-1880
Visit 1870-1880

We discover flying gowns, robes à la française, justaucorps, stomachers, pagoda sleeves and leg-of-mutton sleeves, whalebone stays, hoops, crinoline cages, corsets and more. Sumptuous satins, soft muslins, rich taffetas, embroidered silks all evoke the grandeur of aristocratic life and bring to the present the romance of other times, other ages. Here, fashion is in a dialogue with the decorative arts. Period furniture, drawings, 18th-century woodwork, panoramic wallpaper, etc are all skilfully used to conjure up the ambience of that time and invite the visitor in.

Fashion also reflects the changing lifestyles and attitudes of society. With the emancipation of women in the early 20th century, but particularly in the 1920s and ’30s, as more women entered the workforce, the corset was relegated to the past, hemlines rose and beach pyjamas for women — the forerunner of the ladies’ trouser — made an appearance till eventually the unisex trend was born in the 1970s. Men’s clothing also evolved from the highly ornate suits worn by dandies to the more practical ones sported by men today. It is fascinating to observe the evolution in the cut of clothes over the three centuries depicted here.
Hunting coat, around 1690, metallic-thread embroidered hide
Hunting coat, around 1690, metallic-thread embroidered hide
Charles James, swan evening gown, haute couture, Autumn/Winter 1955-1956, crepe silk draped over Du Pont nylon tulle
Charles James, swan evening gown, haute couture, Autumn/Winter 1955-1956, crepe silk draped over Du Pont nylon tulle

The history of fashion is also the story of the stylists, dressmakers and seamstresses behind each creation. In 1857, Charles Frederick Worth, dressmaker to Empress Eugenie, began to sign his creations just the way an artist would. And thus was born the concept of a designer label, a brand. The dressmaker’s creativity was unleashed as he was no longer just executing his client’s orders but actually deciding on what look to give her. He was also the first to introduce the concept of seasonal collections as well as fashion shows with models.
Attributed to Jacques Doucet, jacket belonging to Cléo de Mérode, 1898-1900, silk velvet
Attributed to Jacques Doucet, jacket belonging to Cléo de Mérode, 1898-1900, silk velvet
Robe à transformation (two-piece gown), 1868-1872, cotton organdy
Robe à transformation (two-piece gown), 1868-1872, cotton organdy

And what better way to culminate this voyage of discovery than through a magnificent immobile fashion show that showcases the unique creations of the great names of haute couture? Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier and more. This contemporary section of the exhibition, which includes more exhibits than all the other rooms put together, has exploited the high volumes of the Nave by using curving white staircases to create the illusion of movement, of a veritable catwalk glimmering with the effervescent, eclectic creations of a myriad designers. A delightful feast for the eyes! It is a grand finale to an exhibition that pays homage to French savoir faire and honours the men and women who, through their creative expression, bring refinement, beauty, colour as well as eccentricity into many lives.

Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016) is on display at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris until August 14, 2016
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Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) announced the show schedule for the India Couture Week 2016, which begins July 20, 2016 at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

Altogether, 11 couturiers will showcase their haute couture lines through 10 shows, including three offsite shows.

At 9.00 pm on July 20, Manish Malhotra will hold the first show, while Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahilani will hold their shows at 8 and 9.30 pm, respectively on July 21.

At 3 pm on July 22, Reynu Taandon and Rimple & Harpreet Narula will showcase their collections and Rahul Mishra will do so at 7.00 pm. Anamika Khanna will hold her offsite show at 9.30 pm the same day.

Varun Bahl will show his lines on July 23 at 8.00 pm followed by Gaurav Gupta at 9.30 pm.

The last day of the fashion show will see a offsite show from both, Manav Gangwani at 3.00 pm and Rohit Bal at 9.30 pm.

President of FDCI, Sunil Sethi said, “The five-day fiesta will be a spectacle of ebullient ensembles, grand sets and riveting concepts as well as off-site shows, by leading designers.”

“It will be a tribute to luxury and pen a new story of grandeur in keeping with the aesthetics of Indian traditions,” he informed. (AR) - See more at:
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For the first time ever in the history of Indian fashion, Lakme Fashion Week hosted its auditions in Assam to incorporate more faces from the northeast. The Lakme Fashion Week audition was jointly organized by leading cosmetics brand Lakme and IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd. It was held in association with Northeast India Fashion & Design Council (FNDC) at Terra Mayaa Lounge, Guwahati. Over 100 girls from the northeastern states registered for the auditions. Renowned model Sonalika Sahay and Assamese actress Barsha Rani Baishya were among the judges at the audition. The semi-finalists set the ramp on fire during the second round of LFW audition as they showcased traditional Assamese mekhala chador designed by local designers. After several rounds of grueling auditions, two girls from Guwahati, Suzanne and Jhanvi Deuri made it. It is worth mentioning that the winners will get a chance to walk at Lakme Fashion Week which will take place in Mumbai from August 24-28. The northeast is a key market for the growth of fashion and creative industries with its rich cultural lineage and tribal heritage in design, eclectic range of traditional textiles, large indigenous weaving legacy and its young educated demographic.
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Designers Stello are set to showcase their work at the upcoming Bermuda Fashion Festival, following up on their designs for celebrities including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Toni Braxton, and Jennifer Lopez.

The designing duo includes Michael Costello and his sister Stephanie Morris.

Ms. Morris said, “Beyonce looked incredible in the Black Widow gown, it’s both sheer and sequin. It’s powerful — the perfect mix between sensual and powerful, which is exactly what the Stello girl embodies.”

“We also loved Ariana Grande in our Giovanna gown. The cut accentuated her figure, and the brocaded lace matured her into full-fledged diva royalty. It also accentuates her voice — she looks so beautiful that when you look at her onstage solo in the dress, you can’t help but be reminded of Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey.”

Audiences of Bermuda Fashion Festival’s International Designer Show will have a first look at Stello’s newest collection when they debut STELLO VII: M.I.A.

The designers said, “All the best trends come out of LA and to be a trendsetter you have to do things that no one else is doing yet. That’s what this collection is about. We’re using a lot of power mesh, broached fabrics, patchwork, fabrics on top of fabrics and lots of texture to create special one-of-kind gowns unlike anything else.”

“The name of this collection, STELLO VII: M.I.A. Collection is an acronym for Made in America, a fact that STELLO is proud of. It’s important for people to know that Michael and I are American designers and all of our gowns are 100% designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California.”

A spokesperson said, “The fashion designer team caters to a celebrity clientele and dresses all sorts of women across the Hollywood spectrum, a vision they want to take worldwide.

“After showing so many times at New York Fashion Week the team wanted to do something different. They say they were thinking an island show and Bermuda was perfect for Stello. “We always want to keep an air of mystery as to what the Stello girl represents and Bermuda has a super enigmatic and magical reputation in the US. We were very excited when we decided to do Bermuda Fashion Festival for those reasons first and foremost.”

“Jennifer’s foray into fashion started when she was young. “I’ve always been a fashionista”, she recounts. “I grew up obsessing over designers and clothes in all the magazines I subscribed to. Michael and I grew up in gypsy culture and I was home schooled. We were isolated from society in a lot of ways and spent a lot of time daydreaming about fashion.”

“Jennifer moved to Miami and later reunited with her brother Michael when he was on the popular TV series Project Runway, after which, they decided to start a line together.

“Jennifer’s secret to success is her ‘desire to defy’ the people who restricted her from following her dreams. “A woman in gypsy culture is expected to be one thing and any deviation from that is unheard of. I’m the first modern American gypsy woman to do anything other than what gypsy women are told they are supposed to do.”

When asked what they are most looking forward to in Bermuda, she said, “I’m looking forward to debut our new collection at the Bermuda Fashion Festival! We always have a lot of fun with our shows, especially when we go international.”
“Stello’s collection will show in the International Designer Show on Tuesday July 12th on Front Street, Hamilton.”

Bermuda Fashion Festival, produced by the City of Hamilton, is July 10 – 16 and is hosted in various locations in Hamilton as well as designer pop-up shops and a trunk show.
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After spending her childhood drawing fashion illustrations, perusing style magazines, and watching “America’s Next Top Model,” Fatima Brooks, 22, knew what she wanted to be when she grew up — a fashion designer.

“I had a Winnie the Pooh T-shirt with Eeyore, and I cut the bottom off and made it into a headband. I started to experiment, chop away at my clothing, see what I could do,” said Brooks, one of about 100 students who recently participated in “Fashion Futures,” Mount Ida College’s annual spring fashion show.

That morning, three school buses transported the students to Club Royale in Boston’s theater district, where designers unpacked their collections, pressed them with hand-held steamers, and hurried to make last-minute adjustments with pins, needles, and thread while curling irons heated and students who weren’t too nervous to eat made quick breakfasts of coffee and pastries.

“It started in fourth or fifth grade. I drew in church to pass the time. It was always a woman in a dress or a girl in a dress,” said Brooks, who started life in Nashua and moved to Lowell with her mother and younger brother when she was 11. “There’s one picture I remember drawing in middle school: a gold dress inspired by a crystal chandelier, a chandelier dress.”

Growing up, Brooks said, her biggest fashion influences were her mother, her friends, and popular culture. Eventually, she learned to sew and got a job doing alterations at a local bridal shop.
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At the fashion show, she presented her Nigerian Bridal Collection, pieces inspired by landscape and heritage.

“I was thinking about the desert, envisioning where I grew up,” said Brooks, a 2016 graduate from the Newton-based college. “The desert is dry and harsh and hard, but you still have succulent flowers coming up through the very hard ground, and they’re still beautiful. I really felt like I was that flower.”

Upton resident Hannah Smith, 22, who will be a senior this fall, was readying her “Plastique Collection,” five toy-themed outfits inspired by club culture, including the Raves of the 1980s.

“It’s a happy, party feeling,” she said, describing an aesthetic that celebrates individuality.

Smith said her interest in fashion, started at 11, when she discovered a Japanese fashion trend called Lolita (not related to the novel by Nabokov) that changed her life.

“I was very shy,” said Smith, who delighted in dressing up in a style that expresses a kind of extreme Victorianism — full skirts shaped with petticoats and tutus, lacy tops, and lavish trims. And she persisted even after her parents protested and kids at school made fun of her.

“I was stubborn. I wasn’t going to budge and everyone grew to like it and support it,” she said. “In high school, they’d get upset if I came to school in jeans. They’d say ‘Where’s your tutu?”

By 13, Smith was taking sewing lessons and making her own clothes.

The designer said her biggest influence has been her grandmother, an artist who taught her to draw and showed her Picasso prints where the people were all painted blue.

Now, she envisions helping girls and women find the best in themselves.

“At the end of the day, fashion should be something that makes you feel good, something that gives you strength and brings out the best parts of you. Don’t let anyone put you in a box saying,’ You can only wear this style, this sort of clothing.’ Because you’re the one in control, you’re the one who decides how you wish to present yourself to the world.”

Fashion designers have an important role. But without business expertise, the creators of new styles would be at a loss to get their work out into the world.

“Designs wouldn’t get into the show without the merchandising students,” said Norton resident Hannah Labonte, 21, a student in Fashion Industry Marketing and Management at Mount Ida.

Influenced by her mother and an older sister, both hairstylists, Labonte started developing her fashion sense at an early age, mostly by watching how her older sister put together clothes.

“She dresses very classic, creative, but nothing extreme,” Labonte said.

But the future fashion merchandiser has also found her style by watching celebrities, including Lauren Conrad and Kourtney Kardashian, and collecting ideas to make her own.

“Fashion is important to me,” she said. “Not only do I want to make a career of it. I want to continue to learn as I go.”

Adrianna Colon, 22, a newly-minted fashion design graduate from Lowell, wasn’t “super interested’ in fashion when she was growing up, nor were her friends.

“They wore what they had,” she said.

But high school theater productions and anime conventions introduced Colon to costume design. So did watching her mother sew her Halloween costumes.

For her senior collection, the 2016 graduate designed pieces inspired by a Puerto Rican folk tale, “The Legend of the Hummingbird,” a version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. She found dancers for models and choreographed a presentation.

“Some day, I hope to have my own costume design business,” she said. “I love seeing different costumes in the movies, the ballet.”

Meanwhile, Colon’s personal style is a work in progress.

“I don’t have a particular style just yet,” she said. “It’s what fits your personality. …. what feels comfortable. … I couldn’t appreciate an outfit unless I felt good in it.

The 1982 science fiction movie “Tron” inspired Sarah Anzalone’s “Futuristic Geometric Cyber Punk Collection,” seven looks, mix-and-match and ready-to-wear, presented at the recent fashion show.

But the piece that made jaws drop was an outfit that lights up: black pants and white halter, both with blue lights piped in, and a battery pack in a blue satchel that allows the model to turn on the lights and make them blink.

“I see how much fashion can go further into the future,” said the 21-year-old from Upton. “We repeat stuff a lot. I want to push fashion forward — not backward — using today’s technology.”

Anzalone, who wants to open her own boutique, said she studied the style lines from lingerie featured in Vogue magazine and used piping, a thin rope sandwiched between seams, to design her body-flattering garments.

She furthered her theme with accessories such as Google glasses, menswear glasses, and visor glasses, all made on a 3-D printer.

Influenced in childhood by the sci fi movies she watched with her brother and father, she began trying out fashion ideas by cutting up her clothes and reassembling them.

“My mom started noticing and set me up for sewing classes,” she said. “I was more into sewing at first. I got to high school and had more art classes, got more into fashion, being able to illustrate on paper and make it come to life.”

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Fatima Brooks, who lives in Lowell, steams a wedding dress from her Nigerian Bridal Collection before the fashion show.

That morning, three school buses transported the students to Club Royale in Boston’s theater district, where designers unpacked their collections, pressed them with hand-held steamers, and hurried to make last-minute adjustments with pins, needles, and thread while curling irons heated and students who weren’t too nervous to eat made quick breakfasts.
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