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The celebration of India’s rich heritage of craftsmanship and textile has officially begun, as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) announced the commencement of India Couture Week (2022) on Facebook.

The India Couture Week (2022), the most coveted event on the fashion calendar since 2008,  finally returns with a physical showcase this year, after a break of two years due to COVID-19.

This year marks ICW’s 15th year, and the event has all the elements of a blockbuster: you will see celebrities and fashion influencers draped in unbridled elegance, the most prominent fashion designers of the country, and new designers making their debut, innovative ideas, and outstanding craftsmanship. 

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s FDCI celebrating 15 years of India Couture Week (ICW)! Read on! 

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FDCI celebrates 15 years of India Couture Week (ICW)

With an official announcement on Facebook, FDCI announced that it was back with its annual physical event this July. "Join us on this embellished journey, as we open another chapter with design mavericks from all over the country," the post read. 

The India Couture Week (ICW) is organized by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in partnership with Lotus Make-Up and Archana Aggarwal Timeless Jewellery. The event anticipates 13 participating couturiers. The events will go on from 22nd July to 31st July, a 10-day grand extravaganza held at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. 

Launched in 2008 in Mumbai, the idea behind ICW was to take pride in presenting India's craftsmanship, textile, and embroidery techniques from different corners of the country. Designers from various cities showcased their couture collections and represented textiles from their States. 

The very first edition of the fashion gala included some of the most remarkable fashion designers in the country, including names like Anamika Khanna, Manav Gangwani, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Pallavi Jaikishan, Ashish Soni, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl, Suneet Varma, JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, and more. 

The India Couture Week has unparalleled potential as a fashion platform in the country. Over the years, the platform helped launch many Indian-origin couturiers, most of whom have gone on to build their fashion empires internationally. 

Recognizing ICW's 15th year, the FDCI celebrates 15 years of India Couture with the idea to present how couture has shaped Indian craftsmanship and gained international acclaim over the years. 

This year, we are expecting debut designers who will be publicly displaying their couture collections for the first time. Each designer has a distinct definition of couture; for some, it is about bridal wear and occasion, and for others, it is about preserving the country's heritage of fine craftsmanship. 

The line-up for India Couture Week 2022 looks intriguing for both womenswear and menswear with trailblazing designers. The designers who have confirmed their names on the roster include Siddhartha Tytler, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Mishra, Anamika Khanna, Amit Aggarwal, Anju Modi, Dolly J, JJ Valaya, Falguni Shane Peacock, Kunal Rawal, Rohit Gandhi X Rahul Khanna, and Varun Bahl. 

Some of the designs for this year's ICW fashion gala are rumoured to incorporate intricate elements of Indian couture, with avant-garde collections featuring futuristic tech-based design infusions, heavy embellishments, feathers, sequins, and more. The participating fashion designers are going to go all out as they gear themselves for the 10-day long fashion event. 

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India Couture Week
India Couture Week

India Couture Week 2022 10-Day Show Schedule (22nd July to 31st July)

Tarun Tahiliani is going to kick-start this year's ICW. He is definitely going to woo the crowd with his classic heavy embellishments and ethereal gowns. Here's what the ICW line-up and show schedule look for this year:

1. Friday (22nd July 2022)

  • Tarun Tahiliani (ICW 2022 Opening Show)

Time: 8:30 PM onwards

Venue: Offsite

2. Saturday (23rd July 2022)

  • Rahul Mishra

Time: 8:30 PM onwards

Venue: Offsite 

3. Sunday (24th July 2022)

  • JJ Valaya

Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Offsite 

4. Tuesday (26th July 2022)

  • Varun Bahl

Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi. 

5. Wednesday (27th July 2022)

  • Anju Modi

Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Shah Jehan Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

  • Rohit Gandhi X Rahul Khanna

Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

6. Thursday (28th July 2022)

  • Dolly J

Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Shah Jehan Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

  • Suneet Varma 

Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

7. Friday (29th July 2022)

  • Siddhartha Tytler

Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Shah Jehan Hall, The The Taj Palace, New Delhi

  • Lotus Make-Up presents Falguni Shane Peacock (Jewellery Partner: Archana Aggarwal Timeless Jewellery)

Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

8. Saturday (30th July 2022)

  • DLF Emporio presents Kunal Rawal

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Offsite

  • Pearl Academy presents Amit Aggarwal

Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Offsite

9. Sunday (31st July 2022)

  • Anamika Khanna (ICW 2022 Closing Show)

Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, The Taj Palace, New Delhi

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Final Words

In a bid to generate buzz for the event, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has shared snippets and sneak peeks into their upcoming collections on their Instagram page. 

In a recent interview, Sunil Sethi, the Chairman of FDCI, talked about how it has been a memorable experience and journey of celebrating India's unique fashion and textile heritage. He added that in 2008, "couture" was not a popular term, and since then, India's couture has come a long way. 

The India Couture Week has not only become one of the most prominent fashion events in the country but has also gained tremendous global recognition. Fashion enthusiasts across the world often visit India during this 10-day period every year to watch live fashion shows and meet the designers. 
If you are looking for a taste of the event, you can watch the live stream of the fashion shows on FDCI's official social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

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