Born in Bombay Meher Castelino’s involvement with fashion and beauty goes back to 1964 when she was the first Miss India selected by Femina soon after graduating from Lawrence School, Lovedale in 1960 (Pankaj House). She represented the country at the Miss Universe and Miss United Nations Contests inMiami Beach, Florida and Majorca Spain.
A famous commercial and catwalk model for over 14 years, she has appeared in over 2000 live fashion shows, in India and around the globe many of which were conceived and directed by her. She has also headed the designing departments of export as well as local fashion houses.
The pioneer of fashion journalism in India since her first article in Eve’s Weekly in 1973, Ms Castelino has been a full time fashion/lifestyle journalist and syndicated columnist having written for nearly 200 national and international newspapers and magazines.
She, authored the only book on men’s fashion, MANSTYLE published in 1987. Her second book FASHION KALEIDOSCOPE was released in 1994 and traces the evolution of Indian high fashion from 1960-1990. Her satire blog on fashion for Stylekandy.com is one of the most widely read on the web. She is the official writer for Lakmé Fashion Week since 2006 reporting all over the globe.
Ms Castelino has been invited by Germany, France, Italy, USA, South Africa, Turkey, Australia, Netherlands and Singapore to view haute couture fashion shows of international designers and interview them.
Ms Castelino was awarded the Hall of Fame Fashion writer Award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards in 2001.
Her second Award was Achievement in Fashion Media from Young Environmentalists Trust on March 7 2012 to celebrate International Women’s Day
Ms Castelino was also honoured by the B D Somani Institute of Fashion Technology with an Award for her contribution to fashion for three decades on May 6 2012
This article that it appeared first in www.ikarmik.com on January 6 2017 under the section “Did You Know by MeherCastelino”.