Rahul Mishra took his unique collection which incorporates traditional Indian textiles to the catwalk at the 2016 Jakarta Fashion Week.
Mishra opened the fashion show and presented an astonishing collection that aimed to combine the past, present and future in each piece of clothing. In an interview with Tempo in October Mishra said “that it was all made with traditional Indian embroidery techniques”. The flowery embroidery that was embedded on every garment created a striking three-dimensional affect.
Each item of clothing that was shown at the fashion show was created through hand-made embroidery and sewed by four to five people, at a cost of $1.400 per piece. He explains how all his pieces are practical “you can fold them and put them into a suitcase or even play table tennis with them”. Mishra explains how he allows his workers to work from the comfort of their home “we do not put them in a grungy place in the city centre. Instead, we let them work from their own homes in a rural area, close to their family.”
Although Mishra uses traditional Indian techniques when creating his clothing, he designs his clothes in western silhouettes like blouses and gown because he doesn’t want to present India’s traditional craft too literally.
Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra won the 2014 International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week. He shares the title with other famous winners Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Wijnants.
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