25 Jul

Indian Heritage Inspires International Couture

When one thinks of Indian Fashion, the images of massive embroidered skirts and hand-sewn Ghaghara on chiffon saaris are bound to come up. However, the influence of India’s Techniques has reached far into the minds of some of the world’s leading designers and has resulted in historic collections. For Lagerfeld to Valentino, India continues to leave a mark on the world of fashion through its continuous love of color, fabric and embroidery.

Armani Prive Couture 2007

The collection consisted of dresses, gowns, and fitted suits all in toned-down hues but with bold Indian embroideries and silver paisley work. Collarless blackpantsuit, a short dress inspired by the Indian kurta, black silk gowns with bold Indian block prints.

New York Fashion Week 2013

Marchesa Spring 2013

Marchesa designers, Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman took a trip to india before designing this collection and gave us intricate hand embroideries and embellishment, luxe (and heavy) fabrics like brocade, banarsi and sari drapes. It had Indian splendour and charm. We could see stunning replicas of saris, Indian brocade work and white dresses made in tulle. This collection was a glorious embodiment of Indian art and craft with a tinge of glamour.

Milan Fashion Week 2015

Etro spring/summer 2015

Presented by the famous Italian luxury brand Etro at the Milan Fashion Week 2015 Etro spring/summer 2015 collection. The well-known Indian pattern “paisley” was coined by Girolamo Etro and became a symbol of the brand, which has been unchanging to this day. Girolamo Etro was connoisseurs and a big enthusiast of ancient paintings and fabrics. He is also a huge fan of India. All these factors could not but affect the colors and prints in all collections of the Italian label.

New York Fashion Week 2015

Suno Fall 2015

Suno shows how to rock print on print. The clean lines, lack of embellishment and those trendy pockets just sing. For those who can’t stomach mainstream Indian shalwar kameez cuts, this is a taste of what individuality looks like.

Chanel Cruise/Resort 2015 Collection

After a successful Resort 2015 show in Dubai, Chanel is making a further move within emerging markets by acquiring the Chennai (India)-based embroidery atelier Vastrakala, via a 70% stake in Jean-François Lesage SAS, which owns the Indian company. Founded in 1999, Vastrakala is an artisanal company that employs 174 embroiderers throughout India. “This acquisition will enable Lesage and Vastrakala to successfully continue their long-standing cooperation based on a common passion: the art of hand embroidery,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s Fashion President.


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