Last year in December, Rahul Mishra completed 10 years in the business, and to celebrate the milestone, his latest show at LMIFW comprised of some of his best looks from the past. It was in 2014, that Mishra bagged the International Woolmark Prize, catapulting into global consciousness and making his debut at Paris Fashion Week the same year. Since then, his label has metamorphosed into a brand that appreciates Indian craftsmanship and techniques while having an eye on the future. Be it ankle-length dresses in chequered weaves, use of Japanese lace, or intricately done hand embroidery, Mishra has built a signature of his own.
Last night, under a spread of fairy lights, Mishra rolled out some of the best pieces from his past 10 seasons in Paris, as Queen’s ‘I want to break free’ played. Art has always taken centrestage at Mishra’s showcases, so be it seeking inspiration from 19th century European Impressionist painters, Mughal architecture or reinterpreting floral patterns inspired by Pietra dura (a pictorial mosaic work using semi-precious stones), Mishra’s eye for detail stands out. The showcase comprised of floor-grazing skirts with Van Gogh sunflowers embroidered in pointillist dots; dresses with 3D appliqué, chanderi, and chikankaari work; and gowns with Ian Davenport inspired polychrome rays. There were handkerchief hemmed dresses with Henri Rousseau’s animated flora fauna embroidered on them and paired with pastel-hued jackets, and tailored blazers and fringed bikini tops paired with wide-legged pleated trousers.
All in all, a beautiful show, we caught all the action backstage in the build to a great show. Here’s a closer look with our exclusive edit of images.
All images: Pranav Bhasin