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The collection ‘truck drivers, banana sellers’ takes on the street narrative in India. It’s inspired by all the little and big things like labor unions, street vendors, and a sliver of hope for democracy. The designs themselves resituate parts of Indian design aesthetics into a more contemporary approach.
The entire look is developed around two staple pieces from the common Indian man’s wardrobe- the ‘lungi’ (low-waisted men’s wrap skirt) and the ‘baniyan’ (undershirt or a vest, innerwear).
An iteration of the madras plaid drapes itself around the body in a low-hung skirt, a take on the ‘lungi’, paired with an intricately textured sweater.
The sweater peeks through a hollowed out ‘baniyan’ (vest) with carefully constructed floats. The last piece that goes on is the ‘pièce de résistance’- the all-knit structured corset.
These four mix-and-match pieces can be worn in multiple ways, thus incentivizing the customer to buy less and make the most out of every piece. 25% of the look is made using deadstock yarns.
Photography: Ahava Binah Perlman
Model: Cameron Jackson
MUA: Bellina Aponte
Music: Astitva by Kunal Shingade
Meet the Designer
As a designer, I use fashion as a way to explore my culture. My collections come from a place of personal curiosity and are usually set in the streets of India. My first introduction to fashion was at a young age when I would rummage through my mother’s and grandmother’s wardrobes. Since then, fashion has been more than just runway shows and glamour for me. I feel every conscious decision we make right now could make or break our future. And, it has to be a conscious decision taken by not one or two designers, but by the industry as a whole. Combining culture and science, I aim to do my part by studying ancient Indian approaches to sustainability and applying them to my collections.