Radhika's Diaries

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My older sister and brother and I, we all 3 attended different schools – for reasons best known to the Pops! I’m not complaining though. It ensured that there were no hand-me-downs for any of us. Text books – yes but uniforms – no!

I attended an all-girls school, and in those days our uniform used to be a dull grey number in thickish material; with box pleats down the front and back. And boy! I could dedicate a whole post exclusively for those pleats, I assure you. They were a nightmare as I recall – for me at least, and for anyone (mostly my mom!!) attempting to give my uniform the hot iron treatment.

Looking back, I suspect those pleats must have haunted my mother’s every waking hour and made her Sunday evening a dreaded one – when my uniform would be laid out on the ironing board, pleats and all!!

For some of the girls in my class too – their whole life revolved around those pleats, believe me!! They were quite particular about their pleats! That’s too mild a word – they were paranoid about them and I do not exaggerate. Those pleats had to stand just the way the tailor made them – stiff, firm, crease-less and in place!

So everytime the girls stood up, the process of sitting back down would be an elaborate one. They would reach behind, smooth down the folds, adjust and arrange them and then holding them firmly down, the damsels would slowly and cautiously ease their bottoms on them so that the pleats stayed – just so! Until the next time they stood up that is!

And those sitting behind would watch this ritual indulgently. Girls will be girls, after all! 🙂

And then we had the neck-tie! Oh yes, which school-going child does not have one dangling down his throat, for close to 10 precious years of his life!! This upside down hangman’s noose happens to be an all-purpose invaluable accessory and I’m guessing things haven’t changed much since my school days all those years ago.

Whine all you want about the dratted school tie but in your heart of hearts you would no doubt acknowledge that it does come in handy, in several situations –
– to stem a runny nose.
– to clean a sweaty face after PE.
– to wipe off the extra ketchup around the mouth and on the desk after the snack break.
– to rub off unmentionable scribbles about the teacher, from the blackboard.
– to buy some precious minutes on a hectic school-day morning – with everyone rushing around looking for that elusive piece of cloth while the school van honked downstairs.

Yes. If there’s one thing I most remember from my school days it has to be the tie, definitely! 🙂

All these make for some exciting memories of one’s school days, for most people around the world surely.

But not, I think, for the children studying over at the Elementary School in the Ginza District of Tokyo. Apparently the school authorities roped in Armani to design the uniform for their tiny tots. Yep, you heard right. We’re referring here to the same Italian high end luxury brand Georgio Armani. Heigh ho!!

The parents protested, of course.

They wondered if things were’nt being taken a bit too far. And whether it was really necessary. They complained that the outfit priced at some $730/- was too expensive for children who would outgrow it faster than the time they would take to wear it. Not to mention the cost of dry-cleaning it!!

But apparently to no avail.

Last I heard, the school has appointed security guards to patrol the streets around the school – to protect the children after they were harassed over the expensive designer school kit.

The Armani uniform, FYI, includes a chic hat and a bag.

No mention has been made of either a tie or box pleats!

Disappointing!! 😦

 

18 thoughts on “Back to school – with Georgio Armani!

  1. Lol Radhika, I could so well imagine the girls in your school. Luckily we didnt have that kinda uniform. We had salwar kamiz and dupatta ( KV ) . The dupattas served many purposes i must admit. But I always hated girls who were prim and proper throughout the school day. I would have pulled some hair out, lost a safety pin from my dupatta and would look really bad by the time the last bell rang. And I handed over my clothes, books, bags and even my hair ribbons to my lil sis… Lol…
    Armani school uniform…. Glad i didn’t relocate to Tokyo. 🙂

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    1. There you are Deepa. Being the li’l sis myself I escaped that!! :/
      And were your Kendriya Vidyalay uniforms designed by Manish Malhotra?? 😆😆

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      1. Wow .. KV uniforms by MM .. never thought of that .. imagine the Bollywood biggies in it as show stoppers .. 😂

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  2. Meena says:

    This is the first time I am hearing of designer school uniforms. My uniform was a white shirt and a navy blue skirt. Those were simpler times where I studied. The navy blue ranged from light blue to dark (almost black) blue. The length, or pleats were not at all standard. No one really cared in our school. All my uniforms were made by my mother.

    Apni toh jaise taise, thodi asie ya vaise nikal gayee!

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    1. Those were the days Meena!! 🙂
      Aaj kal ke zamane mein aise waise nahi chalta!!

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  3. Lovely post.Being opposite gender never knew that so much is involved in the story of school uniform.I wish you provided photo of the uniform design to get an idea how difficult are things for you people.Thank you.

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    1. I’m glad someone finally realised our difficulties!!! 😉

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  4. ha!ha! I remember my knife sharp pleat days. My daughters went to KV so it was salwar kameez kind of easier. I didn’t have neck ties but my daughters dupatta more or less functioned similarly. 🙂 thoroughly empathized with blog.
    BTW when we were in school there used to be a designer called Pradeep Rodrigues who was a “style” consultant for Femina and Bollywood he had designed a school uniform if I find the cutting I’ll photcopy it to share.

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    1. Haha!! Thanks for that. 🙂
      And do share the cutting if you find it!!

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  5. Nima Das says:

    Designer uniform!! And we had it so easy. thank God no pleats in our uniform. Funny write .enjoyed reading.

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    1. No pleats? No excitement then Nima?? 😃😃
      Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it!! 🙂

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  6. Anagha Yatin says:

    Can I somehow get enrolled in that Tokyo school, I wonder! Honestly wish to find find out how does it feel to wear a designer uniform. If I stretch my imagination, I think those who are asked to stand outside the class as a punishment, sure can engage in a ramp walk in the corridors… What do you say Radhika? And if I was a student there, I would find reasons to get punished and be driven out of the class…hahahaha!
    Very engaging post.

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    1. That would be some catwalk!!! 🙂
      Thanks Anagha.

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  7. Your blog is witty and charming. I’m glad I stopped by! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you stopped by too Sindhuja.
      Thank you so much. Looking forward to having you around!! 😊

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  8. Alaysha says:

    I had really taxing to iron pleats too back in school. On top of that, my school uniform was all white. I sometimes still wonder how my parents let me stay in that school for so long.

    Also, I really enjoy the way you write. Recently started following your blog. Looking forward to your posts. 🙂

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    1. Ooh an all-white uniform!!! Don’t you get me started on that one!!! 😑😑

      Thank you Alaysha. Thanks very much for the follow. Means a lot.
      See you around soon. 😊

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