Breaking the monotony

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Breaking the monotony

Sustainable fashion is the focus of his latest collection, the main aspect of which revolves around natural fibres and handwoven fabrics.

Designer Abhishek Dutta from Kolkata is known for his fusion of ancient embroidery and futuristic cuts on contemporary silhouettes and designs outfits for both men and women. 

In a conversation with Surupasree Sarmmah, he talks about fashion rentals, his latest collection, inspirations and more.

When did you decide to become a fashion designer?

It was actually by accident that I took to this field. I was a studious youngster and had actually applied for IIT, but luckily, I didn’t get through. Though my parents had government jobs, it didn’t really interest me.

Coming from a middle class background, my initial few years in the fashion industry were quite difficult. One needs a lot of investment to start something on their own, but luckily, I got my first break soon after I joined fashion college. This gave me the confidence to launch my label.

Your views on the concept of fashion rental...

A lot of people can’t afford designer clothes even when they have a passion for wearing something that is branded.

I believe fashion rentals give them an opportunity to flaunt designer wear without having to burn a hole in their pocket. It is a very good concept and  will make a big impact on India’s fashion scenario in the long run. It is also breaking the stigma connected with wearing someone else’s clothes.

Who has been your inspiration?

Life in general has been quite inspiring for me. I take my inspiration from daily life and the people I meet and portray them in my collection. Nature also inspires me a lot. I have been working very closely with local weavers and Indian textiles. However, I always like to do something avant garde rather than follow the conventional route.

One of the most challenging parts of this profession...

The fact that one has to discover themselves over and over again is the most challenging part. Coming up with a new idea and collection which is different from that of the other designers is tough. To constantly make a mark for oneself is a struggle that every designer goes through.
 
Tell us about your latest collection...

Sustainable fashion is quite a buzz word today. My latest collection is also based on this concept.  It showcases hand woven designs and I have tried my best to promote the local craftwork of the artisans of West Bengal. Red and white are the dominating colours of this line.

What do you think about the fashion scene in Bengaluru?

Bengaluru is quite a fashionable city and it is always a pleasure to come back to this place, especially when it is to showcase a new collection.  

Any incident that changed the way you look at life...

There are different incidents in my life that have been game changers and have influenced me in different ways. My father passed away when I was five years old and had to struggle to prove myself to my family members and others. That desire to prove myself continues till date.

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