Olympic Silver medallist Ravi Dahiya donned a new avatar on Thursday as he turned showstopper at the Lakme Fashion Week 2021 for young, talented designer Mohammed Mazhar. Dressed in an Indo-Boho rustic styled outfit, Ravi stunned the glamour world and fashion fraternity with his graceful yet stylish appearance when he walked the ramp for the first time.
Dahiya is already seen as a wrestling icon and now with his debut on the ramp is all set to inspire youngsters to work hard and shine in more than just one field. His personality and athletic physique make him a perfect fit for the fashion domain as he dazzled Mazhar’s show with his presence. He seemed as much at ease on the ramp as he is in the wrestling ring.
On his debut in the fashion world, Dahiya said, “I am very happy to be a part of the Lakme Fashion Week 2021. Dressing up in designer outfits and walking the ramp was as exciting as wrestling. Mohammed Mazhar is a very talented designer who took inspiration from ‘Khaat’ (Cot) to create an amazing outfit for me to look great.”
Mohammed Mazhar is a well-known name in the Indian fashion industry. His collections always find inspiration from the marginal communities of India as he believes that these communities are directly or indirectly contributing to the fashion industry.
On having Ravi as his showstopper, Mazhar said, “Ravi is a picture-perfect match for my collection, which has a black and white canvas with boxy and flowy dramatic silhouettes. More than as a showstopper, I share similarities with Ravi as we both belong to small towns and have carved a niche at the international level.”
Mazhar’s collection for the fashion week 2021 ‘Meri Pyari Khaat’ (My Loving Cot) takes motivation from the weaver community members who traditionally knit cots. On a black and white canvas with a blend of boxy and flowy dramatic silhouette, his latest collection is a tribute to cot weavers. He also developed the cotton fabrics using cot weaving technique on a wooden structure with an amalgamation of some old-style hand embroideries for the collection.