The national apex body of Indian fashion, the Fashion Design Council of India was founded in 1998 to represent the business interests of Indian designers and to foster growth in the fashion design industry.
Over the years, the fashion community has contributed substantially to the growth of the domestic apparel industry. Although India continues to be globally acknowledged as a country for its rich textile heritage, the fashion industry still faces infrastructural and business challenges.
The Council facilitates an interface between the government and the industry players and liaisons with government agencies on behalf of the designer community on matters pertaining to excise duty, customs procedures and other issues, critical for the growth of the fashion industry.
The FDCI is working towards restructuring and strengthening the entire supply chain which would include establishing backward linkages with the suppliers and collaborating closely with the textile mills. The Council recognizes the need to promote forward linkages with the distribution and retail sector. The thrust would be on developing domestic Prêt-a-Porter and Diffusion markets.
The events like Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Van Heusen India Mens Week and the India Couture Week were launched by the FDCI to focus on growing target customer base amongst the fashion industry and to facilitate buyer-seller interaction by showcasing collections through fashion shows. The aim was to provide industry members including the emerging and budding designers with opportunities to showcase their new and exciting design concepts on the runway for style connoisseurs to inhale. These initiatives serves as a national platform to promote the 'Business of Fashion' and help grow the target customer base in India and internationally.
In the past the Council has conducted studies on market trends, consumer buying cycles and market-size and shared this vital information with its members. A detailed FDCI-KPMG study focusing on the 'Corporatization of Designer Wear' and identification of business models suited for the Indian market was done in 2003. The findings of the study reflect the best synergies possible between a designer and a corporate and the results have already started reflecting in the market with a lot of designers jumping onto the corporate bandwagon.
To ensure continuous interaction between Indian designers and their international counterparts, the Council acts as a central node facilitating flow of information. It also creates mutually beneficial linkages with similar Councils and Fashion Event agencies globally.
The Council's membership is divided into the following categories.
Designer with sub categories as listed below and are based on categories/pre-eminence in the business.