Making a living out of dressing up
I always wanted to dress well, but never thought I’d take it up as a profession until i was out of school. At school, I studied commerce and business. I took up fashion because I could connect to it on a very personal level. I wanted to be able to design my own clothes and earn a living.
I think the way you dress says a lot about your personality and majorly affects people’s perception of you. It is important to wear clothes driven by personal choice, and to carry what you wear, with the right attitude and confidence. It is also important to know what looks and feels great on you.
Studying and being free
I graduated from London College of Fashion after a year of studying at Pearl Academy of Fashion. My stay in London taught me a lot because it was my first time living alone. The freedom and independence made the experience brilliant.
On the streets
For many years people in London used fashion as a tool to revolt in regard to sub-cultures such as punk and mod. Street style there touches another level altogether. Street fashion in India is all mixed up because of the various influences I guess. I specially admire the way people from the north-east carry themselves. I feel, now, people are experimenting and taking fashion more seriously than before.
Lakme Fashion Week was a step forward. I sent in my graduating collection for the ‘Gen-next’ category and got selected. I am glad I got through as it gave me a bigger platform and a lot of exposure.
The collection is called Biomechanics.
I explored the relationship shared between human beings and machines and incorporated the findings in my designs. The collection is futuristic and androgynous, emphasizing on – structure, tailoring and ornamentation. I also took inspiration from the strong, machine like, warrior subjects in H.R.Giger‘s paintings.
Post fashion week
I am now working on the orders. The creative part of having a design label comes naturally, but the business part of it – which is all numbers, taxation, and costing – takes a lot more effort.
I like Junya Watanabe, Martin margiela, Dries Van Noten, Alber Albaz for Lanvin, Marithe & Francois Girbaud, The Doors, Moby, Radiohead, Eddie Vedder, Beatles & Sinatra.
Edited & re-edited by Megha Ramesh.