Fabric of India

15/10/2015 (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Fabric of India

I went for the Fabric of India exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A huge part of the exhibition didn't seem 'new' to me as being Indian I know quite a lot of Indian textiles already, also I did something related to Indian textiles for my CSM entrance portfolio as well. But the part that fascinates me the most is the Clash of Cultures, which is a mix of Indian and Western outfits/textiles/techniques. That part was towards the end of the exhibition and these are some of my favourite pieces:

Manish Arora's 2015 piece which seems to be inspired by the Indian lehenga

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Rimzim Dadu's 2014 Ikat dress. Ikat is mostly just used in Indian Sarees

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Rajesh Pratap Singh's 2009 Gamcha Jacket. Gamcha is a material used for cleaning in India. It usually has checks or stripes and is always maroon and white

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Rajesh Pratap Singh's 2009 khadi jacket (Khandi is Gandi's cotton and is not usually used in western wear) which is also inspired by Alexander McQueen's Skull print

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Apart from what was there at the exhibition, here are some other some other indo-western styles which fascinate me:

 

Masaba Gupta (My most inspirational Indian fashion designer) always uses unusually quirky and bright prints on sarees

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Sonaakshi Raj has combined pants and the Indian saree in her 2014 collection

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Abraham and Thakore used a shirt instead of the traditional Indian blouse with their Saree:

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