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Dream weaver: Manav Gangwani aims at creating masterpieces than chasing wild ambitions

There were lights, lots of cameras and opulent action. Thirty-three year old fashion designer Manav Gangwani had named this show An Affair to Remember. He wanted to make a comeback to his hometown in a big way. He wanted to make it grand. And he did make it majestic. And as always he had his entourage of friends from Bollywood cheering him on.

What one witnessed in the MG (as he’s fondly called by his friends) show was finest display of Indian sensibilities merging with western influences. There were dazzling lehengas, voluminous gowns and skirts, fitted bodices and sexy blouses. All this was accentuated by brilliant layering of fabrics like satins, nets and laces. The choice of turquoise, red, blue grey, gold and fuchsia as colour palette with extensive embroidery and embellishments of Indian motifs made the entire event a very vibrant and lively affair.

The stage props, the drama around the ramp and interesting usage of colour scheme in the backdrop ensured that the show was the talk of the venue even after if got over. While all were visibly pleased with this visual treat not many know that it’s been a long road till here for Gangwani. Initially the going was tough and Gangwani realised very early in life that if he had to lead the life of his choice, he would have to do it the tough way. His family business of petrochemicals suffered major losses and he had to ensure that he supported his family’s fortunes sooner than later. And he wanted to do it without giving up on his passion.

After his schooling from DPS, Mathura Road (Delhi), he joined Pearl Academy of Fashion. “I went to my clients with my works in a suitcase. Guess that was the only way to do it then,” he says honestly, recalling his early days in designing. But hardships or no hardships he was always clear that he had to do couture. And that’s what explains his absence from other fashion weeks in Delhi. And when the city got its own couture week he knew there was no way he was going to miss it. “Couture allows me to do what I want to. I am not guided by buyer constraints in it. People may like it or hate it. That’s their individual viewpoint but at least I am not driven by market compulsions,” he affirms.

What best explains his fascination with couture over the last nine years is also the fact that he doesn’t have to fix a budget constraint around his creativity. “Couture has no price tags. It is something that you would want to invest your savings on. Their dream apparel. And people do that. They buy a lehenga for their daughter’s wedding worth over Rs 15 lakhs. And we as couturier get great satisfaction in designing something for people they have been dreaming of,” says Gangwani, with a tinkle in his eye brighter than any crystal that decks his designs.



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