India is the latest in a line of countries to benefit from the Fashion Fund idea, launched in 2003 by US Vogue. The award signals something of a coming of age for Indian fashion both at home and abroad.
Designers such as Manish Arora, who holds his spring/summer show next week in Paris, as well as the New York-based Naeem Khan and newcomer Prabal Gurung, whose show at the beginning of the womenswear season was inspired in part by the work of artist Anish Kapoor, are making inroads into the international fashion establishment.
In the September edition of Vogue India, sandwiched between features on bridal couture, facial yoga and the Bollywood newcomer Alia Bhatt, is something that has given hope to the country’s young designers.
The highlight of Gurung’s autumn/winter 2012 collection was a long white gown with sheer, delicately bejewelled sleeves and a bullion-embroidered train, fit for a maharajah. Likewise, his spring/summer collection featured fitted jackets and loose pants, asymmetric tailcoats and trousers, and billowing, kurta-inspired chiffon tunics.
Prabal Gurung’s Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show
Arora’s autumn/winter 2012 collection, shown in Paris in March, included his trademark vivid, bright designs featuring beautiful embroidery handmade in India and modern-day influences such as graffiti.
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