DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 11 (MExN): The night of September 9 at Milan City transformed into an amalgamation of a Mini North East India at the historical venue of Villa Necchi Campiglio in the heart of the city. The occasion was the 17th Edition of the East India Festival organized by North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) and Consulate General of India, Milan.
Representatives from the Diplomatic Incorp of United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Austria, Poland and 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 destival in large numbers. Design faculties and academicians from various prestigious universities of Lombardy were seen in the Event.
Vikram Rai Medhi, CEO NEIFT spoke passionately about the 16 years journey of this festival and expressed his gratitude to all for coming and showing the support to make the 17th edition at Milan, the Fashion Capital of the world such a huge success.
Eight talented designers from North East India, Robert Naorem, Daniel Syiem, Priyanka D Patwari, Barsha Phukan, Escape Engmoia, Pella, Kashmiri and Huangpi Gogoi presented a colorful, vibrant and handcrafted fashion show with a lineup of top international models from the Milan fashion industry along with North East India Models.
ICCR, Govt of India presented various forms of folk dances from the NE region. Upcoming artists from Assam, Aaryaman enthralled the audience with songs. Nagaland Tourism and Meghalaya Tourism mesmerized the international audience with their tourism videos which the organizers believed will excite the European community to visit these two beautiful states of the NE region.
Vikram Rai Medhi, the Festival Director along with Ajungla Jamir, Consul General of Milan welcomed the packed house and felicitated few of the dignitaries which included Luca Bernardo, Councilor of the Munipalicity of Milan and Vice President of the Anti-Mafia Commission of Italy; Sabrina Pane, Deputy Prefect of Milan; Denise Mutton, Deputy Commissioner of Police; Kang Hyung-Shik, Consul General of the Republic of South Korea; Kobayashi Toshiaki, Consul General of Japan; Dr Stjepan Ribic, Consul General of Croatia; Hadil Da Rocha-Vianna, Consul General of Brazil; Michelangela Vismara, Consul General Bahamas; UP Singh, former Secretary for Textiles & Jal Shakti, Govt. of India; Federick Roy Kharkongar, Commissioner Secretary, Art & Culture, Govt of Meghalaya; Dr Ritu Ranjan, representing Lok Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, Govt of India, etc.