Kathakali dancers, Lord Krishna and Ganesha, Mughal miniature paintings and resplendent lions… it was an evening of being India-proud at Manav Gangwani’s show at the FDCI Couture Week 2017.
Art came to life on the bridal line titled India @70, as garment after garment left the audience awestruck with intricate embroidery representing elements from Indian culture and mythology. One garment in particular, an ankle-kissing jacket with panels of Mughal miniature paintings patch-worked and enhanced with gold thread embroidery. But the effect, was surprisingly subtle!
Rows of exquisite garments made up the extensive collection the designer presented, with models sashaying down in white, traditional reds and rusts, and a very European-inspired Gothic black. Luxurious silk brocades, rich velvets, sheer gauzy tissue with gold – the designer carefully picked out the most exquisite Indian fabrics and incorporated traditional techniques such as badla, zardosi, brocade and chikankari embroidery.
“The idea is to showcase India as the country’s rich heritage is the inspiration for this collection. There are motifs of miniature Mughal art, kathakali, elephants and lions. I have created a collection that brings together interesting elements from every region of India, and have used techniques, silhouettes and designs that together create a perfect amalgamation of tradition and authenticity,” says the designer.