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TRENDY YOUTH: Some of the students who participated in the fashion parade organised at the Good Shepherd Finishing School in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday.
TRENDY YOUTH: Some of the students who participated in the fashion parade organised at the Good Shepherd Finishing School in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday.

D.Radhakrishnan

Garments designed included ethnic, formal, semi-formal and wedding wear

Udhagamandalam: Students of the Good Shepherd Finishing School (GSFS) organized a fashion pageant at Fernhill near here on Tuesday.

Christened `Fast Forward 07', the event provided a fitting finale to the school's fashion design course of 2006-2007.

Concept

Having established the Good Shepherd International School (GSIS) here about thirty years ago, prominent educationist P.C. Thomas introduced the finishing school concept here a few years ago, to cater to the needs of students in different parts of the country and abroad.

He told The Hindu that among the courses offered, the Fashion Design course has turned out to be the most-sought-after one.

With 25 students of the batch of 2006-07 showcasing their original compositions, the evening was made memorable.

The theme for the year was `Elements of Nature' and the garments that had been designed by the students included ethnic, formal, semi formal and wedding wear.

They were inspired by the elements: fire, water and earth. While the fabrics used and the designs created were for `Generation Next', the elaborate mirror and other works done with a tinge of modern art provided an insight into the emerging trends.

The chief guest was Miss India-1964 Meher Castelino. Also present was the President of Caesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland, Martin Kisseleff.

Modelling

Later, speaking to press persons, Ms. Castelino said that with some talent and hard work, girls could make it big in the world of modelling and fashion designing.

Recalling that in the 1960s only a few were interested in participating in beauty contests, she said that now the competition was severe.

Indians had done their country proud in international beauty contests.

She expressed confidence that it was only a matter of time before Indians would play a prominent role in the trendy world of fashion designing.

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