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The Fabric of India @ V&A

Friday 02nd October 2015

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend the Press Preview for the V&A’s lastest show- Fabric Of India. The curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel deserve a whole lot of praise as the exhibition truly is a wonderful celebration of Indian textiles and craftsmanship. To be able to develop and decide upon a series of strong themes and exhibits to represent the large and diverse history of Indian textiles must have been an incredible challenge.

Fabric of India V&A 1 (1)The dramatic entrance showcasing new and old

Fabric of India V&A 2Gown by Manish Arora

The exhibition is split into six themes- Nature & Making, How Textiles Are Used, Splendid, Global Trade , Textiles In A Changing World and Textiles Cutting Edge. All six themes flow together beautifully and the exhibits are enhanced by Gitta Gschwendetter’s exhibition design.

I loved the first section where dyeing/ weaving and printing techniques were explored and explained with samples and film as well as raw materials- like the dried pomegranate that’s used as a natural dye.

Fabric of India V&A 3Sample showing some of the 14 stages used in Ajrakh block printing. A technique from Rajasthan, Kutch and Sindh

‘The embroiderers at the Sankalan embroidery design and production house in Jaipur, Rajasthan, practise a variety of stitch techniques to embellish fabrics by hand. The V&A followed their work on a lehnga, a wedding skirt, from traced outline to finished product. Only by slowing the footage could the incredibly fast stitching of ari embroidery be captured, as professionals perform it so rapidly it is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye’ V&A video

Fabric of India V&A 4Beautiful example of Rabari embroidery from Gujurat in the top of the pic

FullSizeRenderWall hanging from Gujurat which was dumped outside a Brookyln warehouse and rescued by an art appraiser that recognised its value and later donated the striking piece to the V&A

The piece above like Tipu’s tent are hung up and allow viewers to wander inside and get a feel of the opulence and drama of both pieces.

Fabric of India V&A 6Wedding Ensemble by Sabyasachi Mukherjee designed especially for the exhibition. The zardozi gold embroidery was done in the towns of Barasat, Nodakhali and Daualpur, West Bengal

The last room was also a favourite. It would have been easy to finish with the likes of Sabyasachi & Abu and Sandeep brands that are known for their bridal wear and pieces which I guess the public would easily identify as Indian wear.

Instead the last room featured the work of contemporary designers. Designers that are developing their own design aesthetic and using traditional elements in non traditional ways. Manish Arora and Rahul Mishra were the most internationally recognised names featured in the room and both their pieces were beautiful. I loved the fact that designers like Kallol Datta and Abraham & Thakore were featured also- designers that are not known outside of India.

‘Renowned contemporary fashion design Manish Arora welcomes the V&A into his studio, and offers exclusive insight into his work and inspirations’V&A Video

Fabric of India V&A 7 2014 Woolmark winner Rahul Mishra’s Lotus dress

Fabric of India V&A 8

I met Divia Patel, co-curator of the exhibition a couple of months ago and she explained the importance of the V&A acquiring pieces by new and upcoming designers. So their part in the great history of Indian fashion could be archived, talking to her gave me a small insight in to how varied and interesting a curators role is.

Designers Rimzin Dadu and Kallol Datta were on hand to answer questions- And I talked to them about their involvement in the exhibition and their thoughts on contemporary Indian Fashion and it’s future. I’ll be posting these interviews next week

IMG_6514 It was fab to see streetstyle photographer Manou’s images closing the show (read my previous interview with him here)

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and my post really does skim through a few of my personal favourites- it’s def a must see show and I know I’ll be making a couple more visits in the next few weeks!

Exhibition opens 03rd Oct 15 and runs till 10th Jan 16

Tickets costs £14 (concessions available) V&A members go free

The exhibition is curated by Rosemary Crill, Senior Curator in the Asian Department and Divia Patel, Curator in the Asian Depertment

The exhibition is part of V&A India Festival, a series of exhibitions, activities and events throughout Autumn 2015 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art at the V&A

The V&A is open daily from 10.00-17.45 and until 22.00 every Friday

The exhibition is designed by Gitta Geschwendter

Supported by Good Earth India

with Thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi

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Aashni & Co Blowout Sample Sale

Sunday 10th May

Date for the diaries girls! Aashni & Co are having a blowout sample sale next Sat!!! Head down for gorgeous pieces by Tarun Tahiliani, Anamika Khanna, Indian by Manish Arora (I hearted Manish’s designs worn by Sonam in Doli Ki Doli) Varun Bahl and many more. Even though I’m all set for my sister’s wedding I’m def going to have a browse. So see you there! x

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Image Credit: Aashni & Co

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SONAM KAPOOR: DOLLY KI DOLI

23rd January 2015

I’m sooooo looking forward to seeing Sonam Kapoor’s Dolly Ki Doli this month. Her character in the film is a con artist who marries different men and then runs away with their money- So that’s a whole lot of weddings outfits in one film- fash overload!!! not that I’m complaining, it’ll be the main reason I go to see the film. The posters show her in a stunning blue Anita Dongre lengha as well as a mint and coral Jade lengha but the outfits in the Babaji Ka Thullu are OMG. She looks Amazeballs in Manish Arora and her male co-stars look pretty good too.

Dolly Ki Dolli Anita Anita Dongre Lengha

Dolly Ki Doli Jade Lengha Jade Lengha

Dolly ki Doli Babaji Ka Thullu Manish Arora

Manish Arora Indian Couture Week 2014 via Bridal AsiaAdore this Manish Arora lengha- in fact the whole Indian by Manish Arora @ India Couture Week 2014 were all stunning.

I’m sure I’ll be back with a Dolly Ki Doli Promo watch post soon…

Image Credit: Youtube & Dolly Ki Doli Facebook

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Holi Holy by Manish Arora

25th October 2013

Holi Holy is the stunning fashion film by Manish Arora. The visuals and vocals (by the ohhh so underrated Bishi Battacharya) are hauntingly hypnotic. A beautiful piece and much deserved winner of Best Emerging Talent and Best Sound at Diane Pernet’s festival, A Shaded View Of Fashion.

Director: Bharat Sikka

Concept: Manish Arora

Designer: Manish Arora

Music: Bishi Battacharya

Cast: Bishi Bhattacharya

Director of Photography: Tassaduq Hussain

Artistic Director: Manish Arora & Bharat Sikka

Stylist: Manish Arora

To hear about Manish Arora’s inspiration for the film go here.

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Michelle Obama, Katy Perry & Lady Gaga all love Indian designers

9th March 2013

I was explaining my blog to a non-Indian friend and she said she didn’t know of any Indian designers. And my response?

“you might not be familiar with the names but trust me you’ve seen plenty of Hollywood and Brit talent wearing Indian designers.”

Ok so I know there are no Indian equivalents of global designer brands like Gucci & Prada (trust me its only a matter of time before PPR and LVMH group start investing in Indian designers- the talent is definitely there!) but there are many Indian designers making an impact this side of the world too. Vineet Bahl is stocked on Net-a-Porter, Alpana & Neeraj have dressed Lady Gaga & Nicole Sherzinger (Sherzhy stepped out in her number on The X Factor) Manish Arora has dressed many international celebs and has been creative director at Paco Rabanne and then there’s Naeem Khan who’s dressed Michelle Obama and is stocked globally. See where I’m going with this? The list really does go on and on………..

Alpana & Neeraj1 9 march alpana & neerajL-R Kat Graham, Lady Gaga and Nicole Sherzinger

Shane & Falguni Peacock1 9 march falguni & shane peacockL-R Fergie, Cheryl Cole and Jessie J

Manish Arora1 9 march manish aroraHeidi Klum, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry

Naeem Khan1 9 march naeem khanAlison Williams, Michelle Obama and Nicole Richie – and how exciting is it that Naeem Khan will be showing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 this month!!!

And Louise Roe of MTV Plain Jane fame has been quite a supporter of Indian designers- stepping out in Manish Arora, Pia Pauro and Falguni & Shane Peacock.

1 9 march louise roe

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Friday Fives: Manish Arora for Amrapali Jewels

29th Feb 2013

From one talented Manish to another, today’s Friday Fives puts the spotlight on Manish Arora’s stunning collection for Amrapali Jewels. The luxury jewellery brand is known for their exquisite jewels and fine craftsmanship and this new collaboration sees Manish put his spin on the traditional with enamelling in unexpected pastel shades as well as striking animal motifs. Love it all!

mEnamel Ring with mirror in the centre.

maTassel Bijou Earrings.

manRoyal Bengal Cuff

manish a 2Gazelle Enamel Ring

manish aroraGazelle Hand Harness. The coolest Hathphool ever!

Available from Pernia’s Pop Up Shop

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Vogue India: 5 Covers

5th Oct 2012

Happy birthday Vogue India! I’m loving the 5 different covers to celebrate your fifth anniversary! And I can’t choose a favourite- they all look stunning : )

Sonam’s wearing gown by Naeem Khan

Katrina’s wearing gown by Prabal Gurung

Anushka’s wearing Ashish

Deepika’s wearing dress by Manish Arora

Priyanka’s wearing gown by Bibhu Mohapatra

All images Vogue India

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