IN­DIA IN­SPIRES GAULTIER AGAIN

Gaultier’s love af­fair with In­dia con­tin­ues with his fall cou­ture col­lec­tion

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It’s not the first time that iconic French fash­ion de­signer Jean Paul Gaultier has been in­spired by In­dia.

At his au­tumn/win­ter’ 17 show held dur­ing the re­cent­ly­con­cluded Paris Haute Cou­ture Week, sari-in­spired drapes and con­tem­po­rary nose rings took cen­ter­stage. Gaultier, in 2012, put tur­baned male mod­els on the ramp, and the next year, show­cased a col­lec­tion that took cues from Ra­jasthan, and In­dian ‘gypsy brides’.

Many would also re­mem­ber de­signer Karl Lager­feld’s Chanel Paris-Bom­bay Métiers d’Art 2011/12 show, where mod­els were dressed in saris and kurta-in­spired dresses with painstak­ing, heavy-duty de­tail­ing. La­bels like March­esa and Louis Vuit­ton have also fea­tured bro­cade, mir­ror­work and drapes that have In­dia writ­ten all over.

In an age where cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion has be­come a buzz­word in global fash­ion, and as In­dia re-di­rects its fo­cus on home­grown de­signs, it is in­ter­est­ing to see that the West con­tin­ues to look at In­dia — al­beit, mostly, the tra­di­tional side of it.

PHOTOS: BERTRAND GUAY AND THOMAS SAMSON/AFP

De­signer Jean Paul Gaultier has been in­spired by In­dia in the past too, with col­lec­tions fea­tur­ing sari-in­spired sil­hou­ettes, em­broi­dery and full-skirted, Ra­jasthani ‘gypsy’ looks

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