Textile Tales FromKhadi Looms to Fashion Streets
Did you know Kalamkari, the design which we all are raving about today, got its name only in the 1950s though the weaving tradition had existed in the country for hundreds of years? As Delhi-based textile designer and historian MayankMansinghKaul enlightens us, it is just an example to stress the importance of acknowledging history to understand the origins of contemporary designs and the people who have been instrumental in bringing about such changes in the field in the last few decades.
Kaul, who was in the city to give a talk on ‘Contemporary Histories: Indian Textiles since 1947’ at Apparao Galleries on Sunday said the major drawback in the study of textile designing has been a dearth of documented literature on its history. “When I went to study in the National Institute of Design, we read books on the history of textiles a hundred years ago. There was nothing about the recent happenings that have shaped the industry of today,” he says.
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The Fashionable Indian State: Mumbaikars Love For Hipster Rags
What vibrant hues are to Delhi, easy-breezy hipster is to Mumbai. In a layman's language, Mumbai folks are the pioneers of hipster fashion in the country. While in capital you see myriad colors of high-fashion, on the other hand Mumbaikars' approach to fashion is rather subtle and low toned. In Delhi, you'll find a range of sequin dresses and runway gowns while in Mumbai you'll witness a mellowed form of high-end fashion. Even at popular places like Social or Blue Frog, you can barely spot a girl wearing a sequin dress. Street fashion in Mumbai is different from the rest of states. Peeps in Mumbai love quirky, unique and intuitive fashion fads, and that what attracts a hipster fashion phenomena in this part of the country.
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Technology and fashion experts start SINS – an apparel e-commerce platform for Indian style
After working for several fashion names, brands, and studying fashion, ShikharVaidya, SmritiDubey, Pratyush Singh, and TasleemSiddiqui saw several loop holes and entry barriers for a new designer label in the Indian apparel retail market. Whether it was pertaining to sourcing, manufacturing, tie-ups, or retail, the journey of being able to launch one’s collection and create a distinct identity was difficult.
They would see several of their college seniors launch their collection but eventually die down due to low traction, less or no brand identity, and lack of support structure. There are also times when there would be lack of innovation in marketing and selling their products.
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International designers compete for top wool wear fashion prize
India and the Middle East will be represented at the finals of the International Woolmark Prize for menswear in January.
Indian national, SuketDhir, will be joining the finalists at what is described as the most important menswear fashion trade event in the world - PittiImmagineUomo in Florence.
Dhir and the five other finalists from around the globe will present Merino wool collections in the historical Villa Favard, the headquarters of Florence’s renowned Polimoda - International Institute of Fashion Design and Business.
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One Stat Shows Fashion World's Race Problem
The fashions that appear on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan, and Paris during the spring/summer fashion weeks come in an array of colors. The same can't exactly be said of the models that wear them. Data from 117 shows during this year's spring/summer fashion season finds that just 797 non-white models were booked for 3,875 model jobs, according to a Business of Fashion study. That means 79% of models were white, while just over 10% were black; 6.5% were Asian; 2% were "other," including those of Indian or Middle Eastern descent; and 1.5% were Hispanic. The figures were on par with last year's autumn/winter shows when just 20% of models were non-white, according to the report. "It is so damaging to society that the industry still allows for white dominance on the runway," a rep for Models of Diversity tells Huffington Post UK.
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North-east Indian designer at London Fashion Week
She hails from Arunachal Pradesh, stays in Assam, and is making a headway internationally by showcasing the handloom prowess of culturally-rich northeastern India.
After displaying her tribal creations with a modern twist in London, Yana Ngoba is now eyeing the runways of global fashion capitals Paris and Milan.
Ngoba presented her collection in collaboration with designer Nabam Aka, also from Arunachal Pradesh, as a part of the London Fashion Week's off-schedule show Fashions Finest. And the 28-year-old is thrilled with the response.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes Website