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ANJU MODI
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''I travel a lot to experience different cultures. I have traveled to villages not only within India but other countries too and I'm deeply inspired by the cultural evolution I've witnessed. I blend that with a modern outlook and it reflects in my design process'' Anju Modi told me sometime back. Indeed, one of the joys of observing her showing is the introduction it gives you to worlds you know nothing about. This season's couture show was a passport to Persia, experiencing the rich heritage of its craft 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.

 

Anticipation was thick in the air moments before the intimate show as fans of her couture were acquainted with her development work in craft and modern cuts. As lights dimmed, guests were transported to a household in Persia where every member of the family was the portrait of quiet elegance and 'kashish'. It was clear that luxury and austerity were poles around which Anju Modi had structured her collection steeped in Persia—inspired silhouettes and Mughal motifs awash with a gamut of graceful colours such as ochre, mint, teal and vermillion. What made it perfect? The use of fabrics such as fine khadi, chanderi and dupion silk! The offering proved stylistically sharp (loved the maang tikka and rouge pout!) as voluminous shararas and lehengas felt season-less and ageless in equal measure; ditto the ivory and pastel menswear accessorised with a turban.

 

Overall, the collection showcased Anju Modi's indisputable skills as a tailor, but it also underscored her experience as a couturier. You'll see the ensembles — inspired by her research for the film 'Bajirao Mastani' — at a wedding soon. As for the maang tikka and neckpieces? Like everything else here, they were stunning.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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ANJU MODI - Spring Summer 2011 ANJU MODI - AUTUMN WINTER 2012
ANJU MODI - Couture 2012-13 ANJU MODI - AUTUMN WINTER 2013
ANJU MODI - PCJ DELHI COUTURE WEEK 2013 ANJU MODI - COUTURE 2014
ANJU MODI - INDIA COUTURE WEEK 2017 ANJU MODI - SPRING SUMMER 2018
ANJU MODI - INDIA COUTURE WEEK 2018  
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