Designer Rahul Mishra has been in the limelight after winning the Woolmark prize. The designer has recently launched a capsule collection at Harvey Nichols in London and is scheduled to be travelling to Paris to debut his collection at the Paris Fashion Week. This is going to be the designer's international catwalk debut (he did showcase his collection at the Southbank centre in London some years ago, but nothing comparable to Paris Fashion Week). Rahul Mishra is going to be presenting his collection on the last day of the fashion week at the Palais de Tokyo.
The designer is also hoping to change the world's perception about Indian fashion and design. Explaining the genesis of his PFW collection “A Ferry Man’s Tale”, the designer quotes one of the most famous poets, Rumi, and says, Love calls — everywhere and always. We are sky bound. Are you coming? He says, “It’s a signature idea, wherein I’m not a designer, but a guy in a boat, travelling through small towns and villages, listening to their tales, stories and discovering their crafts. It’s also my version of a time machine, where I travel into the past, delve into Indian’s oldest traditions and bring them into the future.”
The graphics for the collection have been inspired by Japanese culture and thes silhouettes are “cutting edge shapes that respect the body”.
“My goal is to make everyone respect the idea of ‘Made in India’. I don’t want people to continue looking at India as a manufacturing hub, which makes clothes for brands like Zara and Mango. What they can’t take away from us is our talent for embroidery and hand-weaving. No one else can replicate that,” says Mishra.