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ANJU MODI
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Outside the show area at FDCI India Couture Week, there was a buzz due to the presence of showstopper Kangana Ranaut. Inside, fashion luminaries and the sartorial set acquainted with her research and development work in ancient craft cast in a modern mould, took their seats. For, Anju Modi had taken a radical departure from her signature design aesthetic this season to produce a collection steeped in the colonial era of the eighteenth century.

 

As I waited for the show to begin, I recalled a conversation with her, "I travel extensively to experience different cultures and I'm deeply inspired by the cultural evolution I have witnessed. I view it through a modern lens and that becomes a part of my design process." Well, this season's showing was a passport to the Victorian era, tailored to appeal to the modern bridal palate… and if that sounds academic, it's selling short the intense research and creativity that animates Modi's work. The first looks made it clear that luxury and austerity were the poles around which she had structured the collection crafted with velvet, silk and brocade, in a jewel palette. Two things marked it as exceptional: the way references to the era were folded seamlessly into the collection; and techniques of the atelier that enabled her to embrace a symphony of exaggerated silhouettes, puffed sleeves, fancy collars and dramatic hairdos from the era and transform it to the lightness and ease of the present. A lot of work went into the menswear with its beautifully draped fluid kurtas and slim pants. The show ended with Kangana Ranaut in a Victorian era-inspired cream lehenga with a lavishly embroidered and beased maroon velvet cape-style jacket: a must-have this season!

 

One of the most intriguing things about Anju Modi is that she is unabashed at using each season to explore herself as an artist. Full marks to the designer for pushing herself forward artistically, while giving the faithful what they crave — this season showed a mature sensibility—and not one that takes away from her expressiveness, but a sensibility that is modern and exemplary of Indian couture. PS I loved the handmade jewellery by RK Jewellers for which craftsmen were flown in from Bengal!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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