By  on September 24, 2018

NEW DELHI, India — Celebrations have given way to some forward thinking in India, after the momentous reversal of Section 377 of the Indian penal code decriminalizing consensual gay sex. Many brands and designers transformed their launch events into a mark of respect and a commemoration as the archaic law, set in British India more than 100 years ago, was set aside by the Supreme Court.

“It is truly historic,” said designer Manish Arora as he was putting together his collection for his show at Paris Fashion Week. “In fashion we have always related to the [gay] community strongly, and are with and around people who accept it. But we all had issues about how to come out to your near and dear ones. It means that for the coming generations they will not live in fear.”

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