A grand event of its own kind, Designer of The Year 2013 was held on August 2nd, 2013 (Shrawan 18, 2070) at Hotel Shehenshah, Dhapasi. Organised by Reminisce Event Maniac, the event was a competition for designers as well as a unique fashion show that not only acted as a platform to showcase their talent but also gave a message to be eco-friendly. With the slogan as ‘Make Art, Not Was’, designers were asked to come up with creations by reusing waste materials. Models walked the ramp donning plenty of extremely creative designs using materials like rubber bands, bamboo, straw, jute sacks etc. However at the end, impressing the judges with her magnificent dress made out of spongy apple cover, Trishna Gurung was announced as the Designer of the Year 2013. She walked away with a cash prize of Rs 50,000. One of the only two male participants, Butwal native Shiva Gurung managed to grab the spot of the first runner-up. His long black & white plastic gown complemented by a clutch earned him rave reviews as well as Rs 25,000. On the other hand, third runners-up Junu Gurung and Shova Poudel jointly made their gown from Ncell plastic recharge cards and won Rs 15,000. Upcoming designer Nilima Maden Limbu was able to win the hearts of the audience which eventually earned her the Viewer’s Choice Award. Her work was a dress of painted of newspaper and tissue paper. Apart from the presentation of the designs, there were performances from singer Milan Amatya, Sasan Kandel, and Riya Shrestha group dance among others to keep the audience entertained. The show was choreographed by renowned media personality Kala Subba. Actress Rekha Thapa, Jayan Subba Manandhar, Tenjin, Deepak Khad, and Shailendra Shrestha made up the panel of judges.
Organising of such events should definitely be encouraged since they let designers explore their ideas and creativity. At the same time, they spread awareness about how waste materials can be managed in different ways, in the process helping our environment to be clean and green.
Photos by: Devendra Shahi