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.