Shazia Nabeel | Delhi

December 11, 2022

What’s the first thing you want people to know about you? Sometimes I talk just to talk. If I am sleep deprived it’s really bad. I am also aggressively opinionated but it’s not that serious.

How would you describe yourself? Indecisive. Kind of anal but don’t have a lot structure in my life.

How would you describe your art and what inspires you? My art is documentary in the sense it is about people in my life and it’s my way to express love for them and make them part of my work. It’s something I’m able to pour my love into by transcribing my feelings through paint, colours, texture. Personal narrative is a big characteristic of my work.

My vague inspirations are Doron Langberg, Jennifer Packer. They are part of Intimism — this small art movement and they are vaguely political is what I like. Also Edouard Vuillard.

What are you currently listening to? Angel by First Aid Kit and Sayonara Pool Boy by Sunny Day Service are on top of my Spotify wrapped.

What music makes you cry? Rose by Briston Maroney used to be my go to cry song.

What was the last film you watched in theatre? Inu-Oh — it was a while ago.

What informs your style. I used to be on tumblr a lot as a kid and watched a lot of youtube(bestdressed) and thats where my inspirations were coming from. I like semi-formals. Structured silhouettes and somewhat business casual – a cute business casual, not something you would actually wear to an office.

Do you remember your last night’s dream? My friend and I were wearing giant hats clipped on to our heads. Other people wanted them and we didn’t want to part with them.

What would you do now? Go out and get dinner with my cousin.

Photographed in Delhi, November 2022.


Amithra & Leesha | Tamil Nadu

September 24, 2022
Street style Tamil Nadu

Amithra & Leesha, students. Photographed outside their home in Kuilappalayam, Tamil Nadu.

Kedar Maddula | Pondicherry

September 20, 2022

Kedar Maddula, designer at Wunderhaus Pondicherry, with his dog Speedy.

Kedar from Wunderhaus with his dog Speedy. Likes cycling, exploring lesser known cultures, dreams of more sharing, community living, and potlucks.

His two recent favourite places for inspiration were Patangarh where he explored the local Gond art and the Buddhist village Maniabanda where he worked with the ikat weavers to develop one of his clothing collections.

Tamil Nadu, 2018.

Shradha Kochhar | delhi fashion week

July 30, 2022
Shradha Kochar, textile designer. Wearing her father’s shirt. Photographed at fashion week in Delhi.

on Vogue India

May 19, 2022

Full interview here.

In photo: Mannat Kaur, photographed in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Diversity of Indian Faces

April 22, 2022

who gets to talk about cultural identity | an excerpt from Supriya Lele S/S 21 Panel Discussion

March 13, 2022
Dal Chodha, Diva Gujral & co. discussing Supriya Lele SS 21 on Show Studio // full video here.

Diversity of Indian Faces

January 18, 2022

Ajay & Kishanchand | Himachal Pradesh

May 30, 2021

Sheep herders in Himachal Pradesh, photographed near Snow Line in Dauladhar mountains.

karma | mcleodganj

May 14, 2021

Karma, plant specialist. Photographed in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

asongla | kohima

April 16, 2021

Loves coffee, gardening, BTS, and GOT7.

anaka in chennai for Vogue India

April 14, 2021

local ladies in tiruvannamalai

April 8, 2021

school girls | tamil nadu

April 3, 2021

Meher Varma | delhi fashion week

March 30, 2021

meher verma
Meher Varma. Anthropologist/Fashion writer.

What do you do and where did you grow up?
I’m a graduate student and an anthropologist in the making. I grew up in lots of different places — Dhaka, Hong Kong, Beijing, LA, NY, Kodai, DC.

What’s the best thing about constantly moving?
It opens your mind. You are constantly re-introduced to new people and you have to reinvent yourself all the time. Things are temporary, there is a sense of influx, it prepares you for the world.

I am going to ask you a question that I am asked often: What do you think about Indian fashion?
When someone asks me this question I always ask them what do they mean by it and I twist it to ‘What do you think about fashion in India?’ Indian fashion as Indian fashion is very restrictive and we should see it as fashion in India.

I think fashion in India is a lens to see what’s happening in the country on a larger level. Without talking about all of the other things like class, modernity, economy, social/political issues we can not talk about fashion in India. When we say where is fashion in India going we are actually asking where India is going.

How did you get interested in writing about fashion?
I sensed a serious lack of analytical writing about clothes, designers, and the industry. I think clothes are never just clothes, they’re always elucidating something else. So with a background in anthropology, which gives me the tools for deep analysis, I thought fashion was a perfect subject to start asking some very tough questions and writing about them.

I’m interested in writing about fashion only as long as it elucidates something else about the world. My phD dissertation in anthropology is an example of this. I’m looking at the cultural industry of New Delhi based fashion designers as a lens to look into large issues like changing ideas of gender and class.

Do you have a favourite film?
I have watched Almost Famous 86 times. I liked the theme — crisis of fame, and the soundtrack.

Photographed at fashion week in Delhi. 2013

street style Ima Keithel | Imphal

March 17, 2021

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after-party | delhi fashion week

March 12, 2021

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sikkim countryside

March 11, 2021

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troyee & rodali | ELLE India

February 27, 2021

street style delhiphoto outtake of Troyee & Rodali from Assam for ‘Soul Sisters’ published in ELLE India about women from the north-east India / photographed in Delhi

girls at a wedding | Himachal Pradesh

February 27, 2021

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girls eating ice-cream | Auroville

February 26, 2021

street style indiaGirls eating ice-cream at a fair in Auroville / Kuilapalayam during Pongal celebrations.

Preeti Dhata | delhi fashion week

February 25, 2021

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woman carrying balloons | ladakh

February 22, 2021

street style india

Kuvelu & Mercy | delhi fashion week

February 21, 2021

street style indiaKuvelu & Mercy(Tetseo Sisters) from Kohima, Nagaland at fashion week in Delhi.

sirawon | Shillong

February 21, 2021
street style shillong street style shillongI am 3/4 Naga (Half Ao, Quarter Tangkhul) and Quarter Khasi. I grew up in Shillong till 6th grade then moved to Woodstock in Mussoorie.

Things I love about Shillong are the tartan shawls and aprons, cherry blossoms, and my grandma’s house.

— Sirawon, photographed in Laitumkhrah, Shillong in 2014.

women at the chennai railways

February 20, 2021

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keds | kohima

February 18, 2021

chakhesang nagaKeds Krome, fashion designer in Kohima, Nagaland

woman selling veggies | dimapur

February 18, 2021

street style nagalandWoman selling vegetables at the Supermarket in Dimapur, Nagaland

woman in dharamkot | himachal pradesh

February 17, 2021

woman in dharamkot

ladakh countryside

February 17, 2021

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