More than Saris

One news item that has grabbed attention even in the days of FIFA is the death of a young woman who was once a model in the heady fashion lanes of Mumbai. The Indian preoccupation with fashion is excessive, considering the extent of real problems that we face, but perhaps there is something more to this side of the new India as well. This book, an import from Damiani Press and edited by Federico Rocca on Contemporary Indian Fashion, details the phenomenon.

Indian haute-couture is conquering catwalks worldwide. This isn't a book about saris and salwars, it's a book about Indian high-fashion and how it's creating global styles without losing sight of its traditions/background.

This book documents the scene, with an in-depth look at designers as diverse as Fightercock (a collaboration between Abhishek Gupta and Nandita Basu, who claim on one of their t-shirts that "The Revolution must wear Fightercock"), AtpuG varuaG (a.k.a Gaurav Gupta, who won Breakthrough Designer of the Year at the MTV and Zoom Style Awards in 2006) and Kavita Bharthia (who is known for both Indian and Western styles, impeccably finished on hand looms, which incorporate cottons and silks, scarves, stoles and knits). Other featured designers include Gayatri Khanna, Anamika Khanna, Small Shop, Anuj Sharma, Ashish N Soni, Ayesha Depala, CUE, Deepika Govind, Drashta Sarvaiya, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Manish Arora, Nachiket Barve, Namrata Joshipura, Nimita Rathod, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Prashant Verma, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, My Village, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Savio Jon, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shantanu Goenka, Swapnil Shinde, Varun Bahl, Wendell Rodricks and Bounipun.

Contemporary Indian fashion offers a host of experimental techniques for textiles, pattern cutting and sculptural draping, as well as the mixing of natural and synthetic fibers and unlikely juxtapositions such as jersey or chiffon with leather.

A special import, the book is in paperback, oversize, 208 pages, 200 in colour. US$ 60, ISBN:9788862081009

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