‘What better way to contribute to this amazing cause than with fashion’: Varun Bahl on draping cancer survivors for a show
, 2022-11-21 07:00:42,
Pukhraj Singh, a quinquagenarian, was diagnosed with groin cancer earlier this year — a battle that took him almost seven months of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to win. But, despite the physical, mental, and emotional trauma, Singh said the “fear of disease did not bother me”, because not only was he at ease with himself but “had thousands of people praying for me.”
Saluting this unwavering spirit of cancer survivors, the Festival of Hope Foundation organised a fashion show — an annual event conceptualised by Shalini Vig — in collaboration with designer Varun Bahl as part of which Singh sashayed down the ramp looking dapper in a floral embroidered jacket by the designer. Admitting to being a “little hesitant” to wear the elaborate jacket, Singh radiated with confidence when he walked the ramp wearing the exquisite creation. “It brought a lot of confidence in me. I just loved the whole experience of walking on the ramp wearing that beautiful jacket,” he told indianexpress.com.
Much like Singh, Kavita Bagga, director Kara Organics Pvt Ltd, who was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma (thyroid cancer) in September last year and underwent thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) followed by a radioactive iodine treatment to remove any residual cancer cells — looked lovely in a red satin gown. “Cancer teaches you the value of each breathing moment which strangely we tend to forget or take for granted even know…
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