The fashion industry is in the throes of a “revolutionary” overhaul of its dress code and fashion guidelines.
The rules will affect the clothing, accessories and footwear industry and require that all employees wear black and red trousers or trousers with a slit at the crotch.
The new rules are the first major overhaul of the industry’s dress code since the country’s first ever dress code was introduced in 1984.
In a move to cut costs, the rules will also require that men wear long pants and long skirts.
Some women will also be required to wear skirts of more than 20 centimetres in length, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The rules come into force July 1, two months after a series of high-profile fashion murders rocked the country.
Last year, a fashion photographer was shot dead outside a bar in Kolkata while he was out for a shoot.
At the time, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was investigating the case.
On July 1st, the NIST has issued a formal warning to all dress codes in the industry that it is on high alert for the impact of the new dress code.
It warned that a significant amount of time and energy is being wasted on dressing in the same way every day and will be costly for the businesses that produce the garments and the retailers that sell them.
While the new rules will not have a negative impact on sales, it will also affect the fashion industry, NIST said.
“We are concerned that the new regulation will put in place a dress code that has no relevance to the fashion community,” NIST’s senior fashion analyst Ashok Bhatt said in a statement.
With the new regulations, the NCRB has already started to monitor fashion outlets, as well as the dress-makers, retailers and designers that make the garments, Bhatt added.
Dress code rules for the clothing industry will be rolled out over a period of six months and come into impact on July 1.
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