This year’s Lakme Fashion Show saw a new Indian fashion designer from Paris showcase her collection. Parul Bhargava exhibited in the Gen Next show with her label ‘Mirage’. This is a French label that features Indian roots.
Parul was fascinated by design and embroidery from a young age. She studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2006. Shortly after this she returned to India and started working for the designers Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani. A year later she moved to Paris as a freelance designer and to continue to study hand embroidery.
She later on trained at the Ecole Lesage in Paris and decided to start her own label. She wanted to combine the sophisticated aesthetic of French design with the timeless beauty of Indian craftsmanship.
Using the inspiration of European art mixed with Indian textures her show tried to capture the essence of the Impressionist movement. Her show featured day and eveningwear in pastel colours. She states, “The embroidery is done with silks, printed/textured sequins and miyuki glass beads. The silhouettes are simple and all the attention is on detailing in the form of hand embroidery and digital printing.”