Dressed to kill

KALLOL DATTA, 28, Fash­ion de­signer

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Af­ter his sec­ond show at the Lakme Fash­ion Week’s au­tumn win­ter 2008-09 show, Kallol Datta stopped com­ing to the run­way. “I re­alised that peo­ple were tak­ing more in­ter­est in what I was wear­ing than my col­lec­tion. It both­ers me when peo­ple talk about me and not my clothes,” says the Kolkata-based de­signer. “I can’t come up with shiny happy pretty things; my out­fits have a sense of mor­bid­ity and I en­joy mak­ing my clothes ag­gres­sive and un­ap­proach­able.” Forks, stars, sperms, drag­on­flies, cats, bar codes and toi­let signs are some of the prints on his out­fits, which have won rave re­views from the fash­ion fra­ter­nity. THE JOUR­NEY Af­ter learn­ing fash­ion de­sign from NIFT, Datta went to Cen­tral St Martins in Lon­don for a de­gree in women’s wear. His de­but was a suc­cess­ful show­ing at the Lakme Fash­ion Week Spring Sum­mer ’08. Ear­lier this year, Datta was in­vited to be part of The Idea of Fash­ion, In­dia’s first fash­ion res­i­dency con­ducted by KHOJ In­ter­na­tional Artists’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Arts Col­lab­o­ra­tory. Con­tact: kallol­datta1955.blogspot.com

“I never wanted to be a fa­mous de­signer. I just want to be a

cred­i­ble cult de­signer”

ANAMIKA KHANNA, DE­SIGNER

sec­ond opinion “Kallol has man­aged to cre­ate an iden­tity of his own in a very short

time. To be able to stick to his guns de­spite all that peo­ple say

about him is, in­deed, praise­wor­thy. His de­signs are

sim­ply fab­u­lous”

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