Indian designers Kulsum Shadab Wahab and Dhruv Kapoor win big in Milan


The designers bagged both first and second places at the Fashion Hub Market prize, making it a proud moment for the country


As we get into Paris Fashion Week, a notable highlight from Milan Fashion Week was when Ara Lumiere by Kulsum Shadab Wahab and Dhruv Kapoor won the Fashion Hub Market prize by Camera Moda della Moda Italiana and The Best Shops (a non-profit Italian chamber of buyers), bringing home not one, but two wins from the fashion capital. Ara Lumiere’s intricate head scarves are made by acid attack survivors and the social angle was part of the pull for the label’s win.

Carlo Capasa, president of Camera Moda took to Instagram to congratulate the label’s first-place win: “Congratulations to @ara_lumiere, awarded by @cameramoda and at the #FashionHubMarket. The art of perseverance woven into perfection by Acid Attack Survivors. Ara Lumiere is a head couture brand propelled by Kulsum Shadab Wahab at Hothur Foundation. This organisation utilises funds raised in the sales of these pieces to support survivors of acid attack. #fashion #socialresponsability #mfw.” Reeling from the excitement of the prize, Shadab Wahab told us, “With this win we will be able to stock at all the best shops in Italy. This is huge for a label like ours and it can’t get much bigger than this. This kind of visibility and acceptability in society for our acid attack survivors is important and it is so great that they got an international platform.”

Also competing for the prize were 12 brands from countries like Seoul, Paris, China, Ukraine and Romania. We sat down with another India participant, Dhruv Kapoor (former Vogue India Fashion Fund winner) and in second place at the Fashion Hub Market, to know more. Edited excerpts below.