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When Rahul Mishra won the prestigious International Woolmark Prize in Milan earlier this year, we wondered if he was going to be the next big international fashion talent to emerge from India. Designers like Sabyasachi and Anamika Khanna have been mentioned in the past but apart from Manish Arora, there have few Indian designers who’ve gained the name recognition or consistently shown their collections outside of India. Mishra’s debut Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week has provided a difinitive answer to that question.
The collection titled, “The Ferryman’s Tale” was sophisticated, elegant, and beautifully constructed. Inspired by traditional Japanese stencil art and centuries old Chintz textile techniques, Mishra showcased intricate hand embroidery in floral and geometric patterns, against a palette of ivory, gold, black and yellow. What Mishra has been able to do successfully where many Indian designers have faltered is integrate the rich heritage of Indian craft with a global design aesthetic. The designer is also focused on creating what he calls “slow fashion” with sustainability at the core of his design philosophy. He currently works with 500 artisan families to create his collections and hopes the accolades and recognition will create more employment in those artisan villages in India. As he recently told Vogue UK, “It gives a chance to show that India is a serious fashion hub and sustainable fashion can start from there.”
Take a look at a few pieces from his collection below: