Ruchika Sachdeva’s WIFW debut/Bodice AW 13…exploring its own evolution. reinventing the traditional with khadi, block prints, hand woven cloth. hinting at a highly digital age through hand-embroidery. playing with contradictions. at peace with itself.
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Kuku, Lulu, & Mercy in péro ss13.
Photographed before péro aw13 show at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in March 2013.
Stephen Lotha. 29. Fashion stylist for Cosmopolitan India. Belongs to the Lotha tribe. Grew up in Dimapur. Lives in Delhi. Likes Guo Pei, Kris Van Assche, Sonia Rykiel, The Way we Wore, ACNE, Lana Del Rey, Keane, As Good As It Gets, Jessica Chastain…
Are you an optimist? Very much. I could’ve been a good pessimist but then I wouldn’t be happy.
How important is fashion to you?
I enjoy fashion. It makes me happy. I don’t mind people forming opinions about me because of what I wear. I care a lot about what I put on my back. I feel naked in denim and t-shirts alone. I feel the world is my prom and I need to dress up.
You studied English Literature at Loyola. How was it? And how did you get into fashion?
It made me speak better English. My feminist professor adored me. Nice people…that city. However, studying there was just to make my mom happy with a college degree. Fresh out of college I wanted to be independent so I took a job at a call center. Worked there for 3 years. Then one day Carol wanted me to style her portfolio. I helped her. A make-up artist called Chandni Singh liked my work and helped in spreading the word. It moved from there.
What’s the best and worst thing about Dimapur?
I like the fact that alcohol is cheap there. Also, the fashion for sure…the flea markets, and the quality pork. Worst: Well the roads are only meant for cows.
How often do you go back? Any favourite hangouts? I go back once in a year or two. Hang out mostly at cousins’ places or occasionally at some bars. I love Dimapur but I could live without going back ever.
What do you think of fashion in Dimapur?
Fashion is ‘the all’ for Dimapurians. We thrive on it. Ask anyone. It’s fashion before food and air. I used to love it before people became richer. Now it’s a little vulgar with everybody acting too uptight and dropping brand names.
You told me you grew up dreaming about making clothes..
Yes. Since I was 9ish. I used to sketch gowns and shoes all over my books and mom used to thrash me. Once mom collected all my sketches in a huge bag and handed it to my principal. I got 10 blows on my back. My grades were not too good either. She wanted me to do/become something else.
How was your childhood like?
Adventurous, really. I saw things that I wasn’t supposed to see. It wasn’t all gas balloons and butterflies, and hence it made me search for wonderful things beyond. The television was a box of magic and it made me giddy(not that we owned one). Back then I felt I should be on tv and make people love me.
Mom and I used to live in a house made for poultry. Two years. We would lie in bed and see the stars from the holes in the roof. It was fascinating..but not during the rains.
I stayed in an orphanage for a year. Mom was poor. The place gave me free food and stay but made all of us work like crazy. I used to pull a cart carrying pig feed up to like 5 kilometres in Dimapur. I was 9. I know what is embarrassment, shame, what it feels like to be hungry, broke, and hopeless.
Any happy memories?
Well maybe the sundays when we were served meat for dinner. And mom visiting me once in a while. I used to cry when she’d leave.
What keeps you going?
Comic books. Strawberry ice-cream. My dreams of living in an Andy Warhol inspired house one day and a lot of money to buy good stuff pushes me. And on a trying day, a sincere prayer.
Photographed in Delhi & Dimapur.
Is 24 years old. Works as a model. Is from Dimapur. Shuttles between Bombay and Delhi for work.
“I flew last night, over skyscrapers, over fields, and landed in a forest clearing. The rest is rather hazy. Usually the memory of dreams elude me; they vanish when I wake.” – Priya Kishore, founder of Bombay Electric.
A film you recommend?
Sans Soleil. It’s about nothing and everything. You’ll love it..
Photographed in Delhi during Wills India Fashion Week.
“I’ve always had a keen and meticulous eye which inhibits me to settle for anything ordinary at work, in society, and in my personal lifestyle – both past and current. Although I feel I’m too imperfect to call myself a perfectionist, let me describe myself as “a dictator of style” mostly but not limited to fashion.
I grew up in Aizawl, Mizoram. I studied fashion styling at Mod’art International in Delhi . I’m 25 years old.
In Aizawl, the weather is pleasant all throughout the year. People are very warm and affectionate. They are straightforward, hard-working, honest people with high standards of integrity.
Adaptation of latest trends both in fashion and lifestyle, especially from the west, is very quick in Aizawl. Fashion is not just limited to clothes; it extends to all aspects of life, be it the house, the car, the bike, gadgets, etc. When it comes to fashion and an extravagant lifestyle, Aizawl has a thing or two to teach the others.
I usually go back home for Christmas/New Year and sometimes in summer to get away from the heat.
I’ve been living in Delhi for 6 years. I dont have a particular shopping place, I shop anywhere — mostly at street markets like Sarojini, Lajpat Nagar etc… I love Delhi because you see different people from all over the country living here, making it a city of mixed cultures. What I dislike about Delhi is: hot weather, chaotic traffic, and corrupt auto drivers.”
Photographed at Wills India Fashion Week in Delhi this February. He is wearing thrifted clothes.
Kuku wearing Péro. Is a musician from Nagaland. Was hanging out at Péro stall with other Tetseo Sisters promoting their new album Li: Chapter One. Check their blog here where they talk about music, clothing, and life.
“Péro’s fall-winter 2012 collection is a patchwork of textiles from various parts of India- khakis from West Bengal, ikats from Andhra Pradesh, pashminas from Kashmir, and woven wool from Kumaon.”
Péro means ‘to wear’ in Marwari, the local language of Rajasthan. I previously documented Péro at LakmeFashionWeek in 2010. See here.
The label is owned by Aneeth Arora, a textile/dress maker. She is mostly inspired by the clothing styles of local people & considers them to be the real trend-setters of our times.
“Inspired by natural structures and emotional landscapes, Central St. Martins graduate Mia Morikawa learned a language of visual poetry while climbing mountains and crossing canyons. A self professed warrior of beauty: she is currently living, loving, & laughing in amazing India. Her label, Kapow Wow mainly produces constructed textile pieces which are exquisitely organic in form and spirit.”
28 years old. Born in Japan; grew up in America. Studied Communication Design at CSM, London. Makes most of her own stuff, but also likes picking up vintage, inexpensive, and obscure clothing from random places while travelling.
“I have spent close to 2 years in India over several visits over the past 3 years. My work takes me to a lot of places around the world and India seems to call me back often now, but I don’t really try and time it with fashion week. Though that’s a nice time to come since there is a lot of action at the studios of my collaborators in India. Berlin is my base for the moment.
Delhi is where my immediate friends and collaborators are in India, so it’s kind of become home. I find Delhi quite inspiring for my sourcing projects, though I feel far more relaxed in rural settings.
Making accessories and cooking are both equally engaging activities. I spend a lot of time just exploring ideas for experiences, spaces, and activities that are sensorial and in touch with nature. Fashion and food both have deep dependencies on nature’s wealth and I find myself in these two worlds quite often now because of that.”
Photographed in October at Wills India Fashion Week.