The Indian designer shows a collection that fuses traditional elements with modern silhouettes. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Up-and-coming Indian designer Rahul Mishra captivated audiences at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (October 1) with his exotic collection designed to mimic the flow of poetry and invoke exotic lands from the past.
Entirely hand-embroidered, his ready to wear spring/summer 2015 collection aimed for elegant simplicity, juxtaposing traditional Japanese artwork and Indian chintz with modern shapes and silhouettes.
He stated that his fundamental design principle was that of collaboration- he aims to involve as many people in the creative process as possible, from design to manufacturing.
The show was entitled 'The Ferryman's Tale', and mixed exotic stories with elements of the past, combining traditional simplicity with exotic flair.
Mishra's collection had input from people across India, who offered creative input in every step of the design process.
Involving many different people also served a greater ethical purpose- by employing sustainable manufacturing processes and helping the local communities in India, the designer seeks to improve the quality of life for people in his native country.
One of these initiatives is moving people from the slums to work in the countryside to help reduce the overcrowding that plagues cities like Mumbai and New Delhi.
People had high expectations for Mishra's Paris debut after he won the prestigious Woolmark Prize just weeks before at Milan Fashion Week, and the audience's reaction suggests that he did not disappoint.
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