On 21st February at the Milan Fashion Week, Rahul Mishra will be waiting in anticipation to hear whether he has won the International Woolmark Prize. Mishra won the Woolmark Prize last year. This allowed him to compete at international events. It is also a fantastic opportunity to get his collections ordered by the world’s top luxury and fashion retailers, 10 Corso Como and Harvey Nichols.
Mishra uses Merino wool for his collection. It is woven with zardozi embroidery and created by the craftsmen of Kolkata. Mishra is keen to incorporate his ethical responsibility into his brand, he stated, “Invoking participation from multiple weavers and rural craftsmen to create luxurious but easy couture instead making my craft exclusivist is the purpose of this project.”
Mishra’s collection features garments that are white and black and he focuses on surface textures. These are then embroidered with zardozi patterned wool in dull grey and yellow. His focus is on craftsmanship and his detailing is very fine and geometric. He weaves Chanderi fabric with wool and woolen embroidery into a series of triangles, cubes and hexagons. He also adds vibrant texturing with a submerged lotus and an inner lining. Diaphanous fabric is used at the base of the garment.
His collection is particularly complex. He draws inspiration from hexagonal structures for example Gautam Buddha’s eight fold path. However he does not incorporate bright colours but focuses more on subtle hues.
Mishra’s trousers, jackets, inner dresses are all delicate and feminine but also ideal for all the seasons. He wanted to move away from the predictability of wool being worn just for winter but make them versatile and possible to wear in the summer as well.