Fash­ion For­ward

India Today - - COVER STORY - ROHIT BAL

The or­nate zardozi work on rich black vel­vet is tes­ti­mony to cel­e­brated de­signer Rohit Bal's com­mit­ment to the craft. This col­lec­tion was in­spired by Rus­sia, and in a way he says it re­minds him of Kash­mir where he grew up and spent hours at a tai­lor's shop try­ing to de­sign his own clothes. In a black and white photo from his child­hood, the de­signer is wear­ing a cardi­gan with flo­ral em­broi­dery. Years later, the flo­ral em­broi­dery finds a prom­i­nent place on his gar­ments that are flam­boy­ant and em­body "lux­ury".

Early Start At 14, he had de­cided that he wanted to be a de­signer, and his first col­lec­tion had the cre­ole and chain stitch em­broi­deries from Kash­mir, which he de­con­structed to make jack­ets. And then, at his first-ever fash­ion show, he had car­ried sacks of dried Chi­nar leaves. Nos­tal­gia is what al­ways forces cre­ation, he says. Now, as the new min­is­ter of tex­tiles Sm­riti Irani goes for a unique pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship in­volv­ing de­sign­ers to push the cause of hand­loom, Bal wants to open a clus­ter in Kash­mir. Hav­ing com­pleted 25 years in fash­ion last year, Bal re­mains the undis­puted king of drama and couture who has kept his love for the or­nate and flam­boy­ance con­sis­tent. How­ever his ea­ger­ness to ex­per­i­ment is undy­ing and un­shak­able. "I want to do more," says Bal.

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