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Dare to wear the dress

DNMUM392509 | 7/16/2017 | Author : Ranjana Maria | WC :281

Fashion designer Damini Deshwal challenges the mindset that men mustn’t wear dresses, finds Ranjana Maria
Four men wearing pastel ochre, grey and turquoise dresses radiated an edgy vibe in a fashion photo shoot at New Delhi.
‘Why can’t a man wear a sari?’ — it was this query on Quora that 22-year-old Damini Deshwal stumbled upon, a year ago, and decided to extend the female garb to the male frame in DiversityNOW! 2017, an online international competition conducted by the London-based All Walks Beyond Catwalk. The brief said, ‘Your work must celebrate the diversity and differences in body shape, size, gender, and colour’. “I remembered what I’d read on Quora and made up my mind to design dresses for men,” explains the fashion design graduate from Delhi’s Pearl Academy.
Deshwal’s collection includes woven jute, linen and c
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