One of India’s acclaimed fashion designers, Manish Malhotra, will be showcasing his collection in the UK for the first time at a gala fundraiser event for the Angeli Foundation. The Angeli Foundation was established in 2008 by Ratika Puri to fight the cause of crimes against women. The foundation strives to create an environment for women in India to be able to live without the fear of being raped or abused.
Malhotra chose to partner with the Angeli Foundation after the upsetting rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey that took place in Delhi. “I work in an industry where women are revered and respected. I have had the privilege of dressing some of the most beautiful and powerful women in the world, but when I step out of the door and into the stark reality of the streets, I see the injustice and inequality all around me. The Angeli Foundation is providing an invaluable service to these girls and women. The charity helps them raise their self-esteem, confidence and ultimately value themselves enough to get a voice. Without women, I wouldn’t be where I am today and so I want to give what I can back to an organisation like Angeli that celebrates womanhood”, Malhotra said.
Proceeds of the funds raised at the event from ticket sales and auctions will go towards two projects that are run by the Angeli Foundation: The Gayatri Education Programme which provides special attention to girl students along with the Mobile Medical Clinics to visit girl’s schools and provide health checks regularly.
Photo Credit: The Angeli Foundation