American designer in problems of cultural appropriation: What about the brands that are inspired by India?
Reinventing the kimonos or appropriating the hijab, cultural and regional references have inspired time and again fashion designers around the world. However, one of those works led to a US-Venezuelan designer in distress. Carolina Herrera, a leading fashion brand, launched its Resort 2020 collection last month, which was inspired by the designer's Mexican vacation. The brand was called by the Mexican government to appropriate the designs and embroidery of the natives. While the Mexican government has issued a formal complaint against the brand, requesting an explanation, there have been several cases in which international brands have been inspired by the motives and culture of India.
The love of Moschino for the work of the mirror.
The Jeremy Scott resort collection of 2017 was a collage of varied cultural references. From mirror work to tie and dye, the collection was largely inspired by Indian techniques and resembled the traditional costumes of northwestern India. The cultural references in this collection were hard to miss, as it also featured an eye-catching style and on top of the Hindi script reproduction, images of Hindu deities and traditional Indian jewelry.
Sari as muse of Elie Saab
In 2016, seven yards of design became the muse of Lebanese designer Elie Saab for the haute couture collection. Inspired by the trips of the Anglo-Irish noble, Lilah Wingfield, to Delhi and Udaipur in 1911, the program notes: India is its background and its inspiration for a new combination of formalism and ease, opulence and elemental lines. the collection was called Enter India, and consisted of a design that resembled sari dresses, Nehru jackets, salwar kameez and lehenga.
Touch of the Himalayas for Stella Jean
In 2015, the autumn collection of the Italian designer Stella Jean was inspired by Indian culture and artisan techniques. The collection was a mixture of Italian silhouettes, eccentric colors and works inspired by Himalayan clothing and Indian symbols such as autorickshaws, Hindu deities and an Indian craft technique called Parchinkari. Stella Jean was quoted as saying to a magazine: I try to maintain a new perspective, avoiding the traps of the tourist's eye or, what is worse, the dangers of an imperialist look. It is not a culture that prevails over the other. Rather, I am a defender of the perfect combination of seemingly disparate.
CHANEL loves Salwar Kameez
While Karl Lagerfeld He himself never visited India, he took his mark to a trip to Mumbai when he called his 2012 collection, Bombay - Paris. Inspired by the very embellished saris and regal costumes of princely families, the Chanel collection featured Nehru jackets, long tunics on leather or brocade pants that look like Salwar Kameez and Peplum jackets with ivory silk skirts, all adorned and with golden details. Merging French silhouettes with Indian aesthetics, Karl Lagerfed said in a pre-show interview: It's the Paris version of the idea of India.
Inspired by Nehru Vera Wang
The Vera Wang show in 2013 was inspired by India and the first dressing of Jawaharlal Nehru. In a collection that included full skirts, jackets, lace dresses, very ornate tops and silk cocktail dresses, Nehru's collar and choli jackets were the signature of almost every outfit. There is no belly dancing, no pareos, no saris. It's about the kind of discipline of Indian men's clothing, like Nehru, against the mystery and sensuality of Indian women, but not literally. It's not Bollywood. Vera Wang said in an interview about the show.
LV and Indian royalty
The Parisian track in September 2015 saw a collection inspired by the royalty of Rajasthan and luxurious decorations of Indian palaces. Louis Vuitton (LV) created a clothing line that combined embellished fabrics, military tailoring and sports style. The collection consisted of high waist shorts and khakhi jumpsuits inspired by palace guards, military bombers and flight suits decorated with mirror work, and full length coats in the navy blue of India. LV's collaboration with Indian royalty goes back to 1920s when the maharajas of Rajasthan were regular customers of the brand. I looked at Rajasthan due to its relationship Louis Vuitton, for Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and the country's aviation sector. It's really a part of the LV history, Kim Jones, former director at LV told an online news portal.