Now, this is worth a second look. Mumbai’s prestigious fashion school, Whistling Woods Neeta Lulla School of Fashion, participated in a ‘Condom Couture Fashion Show 2015’ to create awareness and highlight the issues surrounding the sensitive subject, HIV AIDS.
40 teams comprising 120 designers from various design schools across Mumbai showcased their garments created using condoms. Actress Mugdha Godse walked the ramp showcasing a costume by the students of Whistling Woods Neeta Lulla School of Fashion. This show was meant to portray designing skills along with addressing a social issue to it. The event encouraged the youth to talk about safer sex practices and global health issues and various preventive methods. Students of Whistling Woods Neeta Lulla School of Fashion created traditional outfits like sarees and lehengas using condoms to drive the message across. Every design portrayed a story which highlighted different aspects of HIV. The Panel of Judges selected the Best Outfit and The Best Concept depending on the idea behind it.
The idea of using condoms for clothing in the show was to normalize the word “condom” and change the perception of people who associate condoms to be considered a taboo. The show by the students also highlighted consequences and importance of taking preventative measures.
On this occasion Neeta Lulla, Dean of Whistling Woods Neeta Lulla School of Fashion, said, “I am humbled by the efforts that the students from Whistling Woods Neeta Lulla School of Fashion have put in. They designed garments that were appealing not only to the eye but also highlighted and created awareness about a sensitive issue that is prevalent across sectors today.”