Dimapur, September 11: On the night of September 9, the city of Milan in Italy transformed into an amalgamation of a mini Northeast India at the historical venue of Villa Necchi Campiglio, informed a press release on Monday.
The occasion was the 17th edition of Celebrating North East India Festival, organised by North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) and Consulate General of India, Milan.
Vikram Rai Medhi, the Festival Director, along with Ajungla Jamir, Consul General of Milan, welcomed the packed house and felicitated few of the dignitaries.
It stated that a large contingent of the who’s who of fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Valentino, Versace, Giorgio Armani etc., attended the festival. Design faculties and academicians from various prestigious universities of Lombardy were seen in the event, it added.
Vikram Rai Medhi, CEO of NEIFT, spoke about the 16 years journey of the festival and expressed gratitude to all for coming and showing the support to the event.
Eight designers from Northeast India: Robert Naorem, Daniel Syiem, Priyanka D Patwari, Barsha Phukan, Escape Engmoia, Pella, Kashmiri and Huangpi Gogoi presented a colourful, vibrant and handcrafted fashion show with a line up of top international models from Milan fashion industry as well as Northeast India, it stated.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) presented various forms of folk dances from Northeast India. Upcoming artistes from Assam Aaryaman enthralled the audience with his songs.
Nagaland Tourism and Meghalaya Tourism “mesmerised the international audience with their captivating tourism videos, which the organisers believe will excite the European community to visit these two beautiful states of NER”, it stated.
The associates of the festival were the Union Ministry of DoNER, North Eastern Council, Union Ministry of Textiles, Meghalaya Tourism, Nagaland Tourism, office of DC Handicrafts, KVIC, Oil India Ltd., NeDFi, NEHHDC, Silk Mark, ICCR, ICCI.
(Page News Service)