After training at Central Saint Martins College, London, Gaurav Gupta has gone on to win awards in both Europe and Asia - most notably, the Future of Couture trophy in Rome. He has recently opened a flagship store in India's DLF Emporio Mall, and is adept at creating luxurious designs with a modern twist.
Gaurav's collection for Alchemy 2012 showcased his love of drapery and giving well-loved classics a playful twist. We caught up with him to ask him about his latest project, and to find out what London means to him:
Surreal, progressive, abstract.
I did a mini retrospective at Emporio which is a mall in India (Delhi). It was all about what we have done and the shift in fashion to and from India. There were mannequins hanging from the ceilings over 50 metres down with huge installations around.
I think the world is one place now and I think It's about awareness and about mixing cultures. It's already happening, but I think it should be done in a more progressive way, there need to be more innovative ways of doing that. In fashion It's important to make people more aware.
London is just a world in itself. It is an amalgamation of the entire world, people coming together in one way. It's always colourful and so much bigger and progressive. It's always eager. It's always doing something. It's always running. It's always full of energy.