FID Fashion Show 2005
April 27 was a night
when Bangladesh took a step towards entering the world of fashion, as
the 2nd and 3rd batches of Fashion Institute of Designing Ltd (FID)
organised a fashion show to celebrate their graduation at the Grand
Ball Room of Hotel Sonargaon.
titled, "Journey Through The Night of Fashion" began at around
8pm with a short video profile about FID and its activities. The video
profile was followed by a brief speech by Farah Anjum Bari, the Managing
Director of FID. In her speech she mentioned that "Bangladesh has
immense potential in the world of fashion and FID intends to establish
Bangladesh in the fashion world."
The Chief Guest
of the Fashion Show, Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan, Minister of Science and
Information and Communication Technology, spoke next. In his speech
he began by quipping, "I don't know why I have been invited to
this show, but I can tell you this much from what I have seen that even
in the world of fashion you cannot do without Science and Technology!"
After the speeches
the audience, which included Ambassadors of various foreign embassies
in Dhaka, were introduced to the five judges of the Fashion Show, and
amongst the judges were renowned Fashion Designer Bibi Russell, and
former Cricketer Atahar Ali Khan. The audience was then told that two
awards would be given to the best designers of each batch titled, "Best
Designer" and "Best Creative Designer."
The Fashion Show
then began, and one by one each of the eleven graduating students demonstrated
their work through a certain theme. The range of themes that the students
had chosen included: The Majestic Art of Medieval Dhaka, Tribal Rhythm,
Oriental Dream, Romanticism, Seasons, Tajmahal, Rickshaw Art, Khadi,
The Hippies, Modern Greek and Desert. The models that displayed the
work of the students sashayed on the stage very confidently and this
was complemented with well-chosen background music. Consequently, the
audience remained absolutely spellbound and at the end of each student's
presentation they applauded generously.
At the end of the
Fashion Show everybody eagerly anticipated the results, and shortly
afterwards Atahar Ali Khan went up on the stage to announce the names
of the winners. From the 2nd batch, Farhana Yesmin, who had chosen the
theme Tribal Rhythm won both the "Best Designer" and "Best
Creative Designer" awards. As for the 3rd batch, Tajia Sultana,
who had chosen the theme Rickshaw Art, also won both the awards of "Best
Designer" and "Best Creative Designer." Both Farhana
Yesmin and Tajia Sultana received their awards and graduation certificates
from the Chief Guest. The Chief Gust also handed out the graduation
certificates to the other students of the Fashion Show.
So, there you have
it. In terms of Bangladesh entering the world of fashion, FID Fashion
Show 2005 would probably be described as a small step. Nevertheless,
this small step should not be viewed with disregard, as every journey
of a thousand miles begins with one step. Hopefully, the graduates of
FID will continue to work hard at their designing and consequently entrench
Bangladesh's position in the world of fashion. Who knows, one day they
might become famous designers like Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren, and
end up bringing immense laurels for Bangladesh. Here's wishing them
all the best in their future designing endeavours.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Lessons at Sheraton
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel's
Learn to Swim Program provides instruction for swimmers of all ages
and abilities to develop their swimming and water safety skills. The
program is design to ensure swimmer a fun but positive learning experience
in a logical progress.
Lessons will be
supervised under the direction of a highly trained professional swimming
instructor. Lessons will be offered to four groups:
Group A : Boys of 6-16 years
Group B : Girls of 6-16 years
Group C : Male above 16 years
Group D : Female above 16 years
So, to improve your
swimming, enroll yourself now in Sheraton's swimming courses. The enrollment
fees for group A & B is Tk. 7,000 and for group C & D is Tk.
In this summer the
three month long swimming courses commence from May 06, 2005. During
or after the lessons treat yourself to refreshing drinks and snacks
at the poolside.
bookings are essential. For more information and to enroll please call
8613391, ext 4115.
½ cup tamarind extract
2 tb sps cumin (roasted and powdered)
A pinch of chilli powder
Fresh mint (chopped)
Salt to taste
4 cups water (hot)
1 tsp dry ginger (toasted and ground)
1tb sp rock salt
¾ tb sps sugar or gaggery (gur)
¼ tsp black pepper
Mix all the ingredients with hot water and stir well. Strain through
a muslin cloth. Chill it. Add iced water. Pour into individual glasses.
Garnish with mint leaves. Serve with crushed ice.
4 raw mangoes (roasted)
1 tsp rock salt (powdered)
2 cups sugar (powdered)
1 tbsp cumin (roasted and powdered)
salt to taste.
Skin the roasted mangoes and extract the pulp. Add sugar and all the
other ingredients. Dilute to taste and serve well chilled with crushed
1 cup Almonds (blanched and ground)
1½ cups castor sugar
1½ tbsp Rose water
3 cups milk
4 cups water
Mix all the above ingredients and strain through a muslin cloth. Chill,
stir and serve with crushed ice. Garnish with Rose petals.
1 cup yogurt
6 tbsps castor sugar
A small piece of nutmeg (powdered)
2 cups cold water
4 cardamoms (powdered)
Food colour (optional)
1 cup yogurt
Rock salt to taste
½ tsp cumin (roasted and powdered)
4 cups cold water
salt to taste
Pepper powder to taste
Juice of 2 limes
6 curry leaves (roughly chopped)
4 lemon leaves
4 cups cold water
Fresh coriander (chopped)
Salt to taste
All three types of 'lassi' are made in the same way. Beat the yogurt
well with water. Add all the ingredients respectively. Chill well before
Note : Sweet 'lassi' is always thicker than salted 'lassi'.
summer has crept into our lives and carried along with it a wide variety
of gustatory fruits, humid weather, longer days and of course, pimples!
You must be wondering how pimples get along with the other three features
of summer time, but for those who undergo the pimples dilemma, know
how much affliction they endure during this time of the year. This
year, get ready with your sunscreen lotion, umbrella and face wash
to combat these awfully unpleasant pimples. Wash your face properly
at least twice a day with warm water and really mild soap. Use ample
water to rinse your face during each cleansing session. Don't even
think of using those granular facial scrubs as they can worsen your
acne or pimple condition by causing irritation on skin. You shouldn't
squeeze, pick, scratch or pop your pimples as it makes the problem
worse, and might even cause scarring. Instead of washing your hair
once or twice a week, build a habit of regularly shampooing your hair,
and try to keep it off your face if possible, especially at night.
Make exercise a part of your daily routine as it will ensure proper
blood flow under your skin. However, remember to wash yourself thoroughly
after each exercise session. Avoid unnecessarily touching your face.
And don't lean on things that are likely to contain dead skin cells
and sebum such as, telephone. So, here is new information for you--if
you spend too much time on the phone, your pimples are likely to get
worse. Only wear makeup on special occasions, and then make sure you
remove it completely. Buy a good quality cleansing lotion from stores
like Almas or Priyo if you don't already have one. Make sure to throw
away all old makeup. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure
you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around
your eyes and nose. If you are a man and have a habit of wearing caps
then remember to wash them regularly. Many of us develop pimples on
our bodies too. If you undergo similar trouble, then avoid wearing
tight clothes; instead wear loose outfits and let your skin breathe
through cotton fabrics. And lastly, drink a lot of water to keep your
skin glowing throughout this sticky season. Laugh to your heart's
content and stay healthy.
'Miss, you haven't
been there yet? It's the best Fast food joint in Chittagong at the
moment! Trust me!' When my students had repeatedly enthused about
the new 'Ocean's Café', which had recently opened up in Kulshi,
I decided to go and check out what was so special about it. Once I
finally did make my way to Kulshi, I could see what they meant. The
exterior is bright and enticing, without being too flashy. And the
softly muted glow coming from inside suggests a promising interior.
However, once I stepped inside, all my primary impressions were dispelled.
The interior was just like any other fast food shops around town.
However I could see why my students had been excited about this place;
they had one thing that other fast food joints didn't: Arcade Games.
The food is pretty much the same in terms of pricing, but they do
have more variety. The presentation of food is good; after once it
is served you can't wait to dig in. But, that's when another problem
crops up: the food quality isn't that good. When questioned about
the quality, the management mentioned, in its defence, that they had
started 'Ocean's Café' on a trial basis. They said that their
'Broast Chicken' machine wasn't ready yet, and that when it does arrive
next month, they will be doing an official opening. They further add
that the quality of their food is sure to improve by then. Asides
food, the atmosphere is jovial. The chairs are comfortable and tables
are arranged in a very orderly way, fit to accommodate quite a lot
of people if the need suddenly arises. The music can be improved upon.
However, since the management says that this is just a trial opening,
let's wait till they do an official opening next month. Hopefully
things will have improved by then!