Hospital beds, nurses and IV drips on India's fashion catwalk

Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:45pm EDT
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By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk.

But Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals who saved lives despite going through problems of their own.

"I belong to a medical family and it (the show) was basically respect for health workers," Singh told Reuters.

Models took a stroll down the pristine white catwalk in sheath dresses and pleated skirts that the designer said were meant to evoke the uniforms of nurses in the 1950s.

The models wore large-framed glasses and many of the black-and-white leather and wool ensembles featured polka dot patterns to symbolize drops of blood.

Singh's model nurses occasionally lay down on the beds, broke into an impromptu jig, scowled or seemed to have seizures as they posed for photographers at the edge of the runway.

Many wore surgical masks while some carried first-aid boxes. At least one model sported a bandaged head.   Continued...