In­stalling fash­ion

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA - By Tithi Sarkar

The glossy world of fash­ion seems to be com­ing to­gether with cre­ative en­ter­prises in the city if two re­cent events are any­thing to go by. The first in­stance was at the un­veil­ing of Ritu Ku­mar’s lat­est col­lec­tion, Pan­chavas­tra, where fash­ion was blended in with cre­ative en­ter­prises such as sculp­tural de­signs and in­tri­cate textile works. Amal­ga­mat­ing art and fash­ion, the col­lec­tion was un­veiled with a mini fash­ion show at her flag­ship out­let in the city.

“Af­ter 45 years, when I was think­ing of a ret­ro­spec­tive and looked at what could be pro­duced from all the dif­fer­ent things I had done, it au­to­mat­i­cally led to this col­lec­tion,” says Ku­mar. The gar­ments were pro­vided with ex­tra verve, thanks to visual artist, Paula Sengupta’s artis­tic sen­si­bil­ity, re­flected in the cane clothes- hang­ers, the chintz pat­tern in the back­drop and the painted works of sculp­tures that were placed in the wall niches by the stair­case at the store. The in­stal­la­tion on show here en­abled view­ers and prospec­tive cus­tomers to have a more de­tailed un­der­stand­ing of the out­fits.

“An in­stal­la­tion is more like an art ex­hi­bi­tion. It helps de­sign­ers to sensitise peo­ple to the strengths of fash­ion, es­pe­cially be­cause we have a poor sense of his­tory and no mu­se­ums for the pur­pose,” says Ku­mar. “In­stal­la­tions can work only with out­fits that have some his­tory or a story to tell,” she adds. “This in­ter­face be­tween art and de­sign can open a new world of di­a­logue,” says Sengupta.

The venue is of great im­por­tance as the sec­ond in­stance of art and fash­ion com­ing to­gether, the show­case of the lat­est works of ac­claimed fash­ion de­signer Kallol Dutta proved.

“I had been strug­gling to find the right kind of space that would dic­tate the for­mat of the show,” says Kallol, the fruits of whose cre­ative pro­cesses were dis­played at the event Kal­lol­Cul­ture, held at the Har­ring­ton Street Arts Cen­tre last month. “I wanted my cre­ations to be treated as art.” With a man­ual on mak­ing pa­per planes, de­con­structed out­fits that showed his in­flu­ences and sev­eral prints that gave a peek into the worlds within his mind, the in­stal­la­tion was de­signed to in­tro­duce and fa­mil­iar­ize the art fra­ter­nity with the fash­ion arena.

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