Art of the Trench.

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Indu. Karan’s Grandmother.

“I found this photo in a shoe box when I was looking for some pictures to be framed on my family wall. It was a beige trench & the photo is about 60 years old.

My grandmother got married at 20 and she got this coat made sometime then. The fabric was for 150Rs. and the stitching cost her about 40Rs. She would wear it with her saris and suits. When she’d wear this out in Bombay, people would call her Rani of Punjab…because, at that time, no one else would wear a trench. People considered it as something royal and international.

The photo was taken in Sonipat, Haryana.

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Karan Berry. Shoe designer at a.k.a. bespoke

“I have 2 trench coats. A trench coat for me is like a shield. It’s an interesting piece of garment which not only protects but also is a style statement. It carries the identity of the wearer.”

I photographed Karan in October for Burberry’s Art of the Trench project. Rest of the photos(about 50) are up on the AoTT site (takes a while to load; click on “view latest”). Photos were only meant to go online but now they’re part of an exhibition.

Below is a short video of Christopher Bailey talking about the project and my involvement with it.

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Priya Kishore, Bombay Electric. 

The exhibition is on from 3rd-12th Feb at Burberry store, Oberoi, Gurgaon. See you all there.

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19 Responses to “Art of the Trench.”

  1. Natasha Fatah Says:

    Just gorgeous! I think you just inspired to go thrifting for a navy blue trench coat!

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

  2. Sea Says:

    nice! :)

  3. mark Says:

    The trench coats are the latest trends…..and are back in fashion for 2012….i love them and specially the blue one worn by Karan. its just fabulous. even the colour of Priyas coat is amazing but she could have worn it with a better attire, its not that appealing with the white dress below.

  4. Tanvi Says:

    love it !!! and love your inspiration as well. highlights a beautiful remembrance.

  5. jagvir matharoo Says:

    i love the picture of karan’s grandmother. i think true style is inherent

  6. Suranjeeta Barthakur (@Suranjeeta) Says:

    awesome it is….darn! i <3 your blog Manou !!

  7. Japna Says:

    Wow! The first one is such a classic photo!
    The trench truly is iconic..Look forward to attending your exhibition Manou!

  8. Miss D Says:

    Well done! But I saw other images. How could you I mean HOW COULD YOU???????? I’m sure it’s not your fault. I want to slap the one who made the list.

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