Renowned international model turned fashion designer, bangladeshi Bibi Russell is in India to showcase her winter collection inspired by the textiles of Rajasthan. The designer will be a part of the Rajasthan Heritage Week that will take place in Jaipur on December 3rd. The event will showcase the rich textile heritage of Rajasthan with a hint of modernity and luxury to the creations.
Speaking ahead of the occasion, Russell commented that her season’s collection will be a ready to wear line where she will be re-inventing Khadi and Kota to create winter clothes that are functional and affordable.
Bibi Russell was also optimistic about the market potential if India and Bangladesh worked together for the development of their indigenous textile industries. While Bangladesh has a large market in Europe for textiles and fabrics, she said that if Indian designers visited Bangladesh and started exchanging designs, it would set to benefit both the countries so much that they would not have to look at Europe as a market at all.
After the Rajasthan Heritage Week press conference, Russell showcased some of the creations from her last collection. Models in vibrant Kota saris, leheriya skirts, handloom dresses, trousers, shirts and jackets sashayed down the ramp in Bikaner House to showcase a unique amalgamation of contemporary designs and traditional weaves. “I’ve never used machine made fabric for my clothes. It is always local handmade fabrics for me”, Russell said beaming with pride.
Her Autumn/Winter collection will comprise of skirts, dresses, saris, trousers and jackets that will present Khadi and Kota doriya in a totally new avatar. She has intentionally kept the colours warm - blue, salmon, emerald, and off-white - in accordance with the season. The clothes will have simple styling with minimal embroidery, which she insists is best for the colder months.
During the Rajasthan Heritage Week, Bibi Russell’s winter collection will be showcased alongside collections from other Indian designers like Ritu Kumar, Hemant Trivedi and Abraham & Thakore. The week started as a Textile Development Project in association with the Rajasthan government to elevate craftsmen and weavers of Rajasthan by collaborating with renowned designers.
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