NEW YORK — After personally greeting each vendor at the Indian Apparel Show here Monday morning, India’s ambassador to the U.S., Nirupama Rao, discussed how Indian companies are becoming more international and the challenges that involves.
At the Penn Plaza Pavilion to officially kick off this inaugural event, the ambassador took her time touring the show, stopping at every booth to chat with exhibitors and admire their respective designs. After being shown a Gap-tagged toddler’s dress by Tony Uppal, managing director of Pee Empro Exports, Rao said, “Look at the little black dress for a child.” (She looked even more impressed when told the retail price of $36 versus the wholesale one of $6.)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"