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Rahul Mishra: Fashion will have to slow down and be more responsible

Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra — AFP pic
Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra — AFP pic

PARIS, March 6 — On the occasion of Paris Fashion Week (February 28 to March 7), Relaxnews caught up with Rahul Mishra, whose fall/winter 2017-18 collection previewed March 4 at 7pm. The designer outlined his latest creations and inspirations for the season.

How would you describe this FW 17-18 collection?

This collection is called “Infinity,” and it explores the infinite possibilities of human talent and the infinite potential of human hands, with their ability to produce work that is limitless.

It takes inspiration from Impressionists as well as Pointillist artists; we tried to achieve a similar outcome using just a needle and thread — something that hasn't been done before.

What are its main inspirations?

Right after our Spring/ Summer 2017 show in October, I went to the Pompidou museum. It was White Night in Paris, so I got to go to the entire exhibition that was on display.... I was overwhelmed, everybody's work was so inspiring!

I was looking at different eras of work and how two artists have worked on similar ideologies. For example Cubism, looking at Picasso and his contemporaries, the outcomes were really amazing.

It reminded me of the way we work in fashion, we might be working with an identical volume creation or a similar silhouette, and yet the realisations are so diverse; this is what creates endless possibilities with the human brain.

A model presents a creation by Rahul Mishra during the women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris March 4, 2017. — AFP pic
A model presents a creation by Rahul Mishra during the women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris March 4, 2017. — AFP pic
Who did you design this collection for? What facet of a woman's life?

When I create a dress I think of a strong, intelligent woman who knows what she wants from life. She believes in sustainability, in change and in people.

She is very cultured and well informed, her choices are her own and she is aware of them. Her fashion choices are governed by her sense of style and she has an eye for detail. This is the woman I envision while creating a dress.

What kind of personality could embody your collection?

In this collection the garments have been treated like a canvas for paintings, every piece has got a very strong and individualistic feel. It's not out and out happy, of course there is a touch of happiness, but there is also a sense of mystery that these garments embody.

We also made the collection look very street, it's couture but at the same time there are a lot of wearable options, there is a heaviness of embroidery but the ultimate feel is quite light and fun.

From socially or politically conscious to fun to connected: How do you see fashion evolving in the coming years?

I think in the future, fashion is going to evolve in a way where the importance isn't only going to be given to what people are consuming, instead people are going to be concerned about how their clothes are being made.

In the last century the fashion industry has been one of the biggest contributors to climate change, people are already asking questions — they want to know how their clothes are being created — how much livelihood it's supporting, what are the ethical practices involved. Fashion is definitely going to slow down, it has to be more responsible. — AFP-Relaxnews

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