Yesterday, fashion designer Rahul Mishra revealed his Fall/Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection, titled ‘Butterfly People’, which premiered online at the Haute Couture Digital at FHCM on July 7. The designs are heavily embroidered and take inspiration from different aspects of nature. Rahul Mishra has also paid homage to the traditional Indian craftmanship through this collection, referring to his craftsmen as the ‘Butterfly People’.
His opening remarks were a quote by Hans Christian Anderson, “Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” This collection traces Rahul’s connection with the craft community and the environment.
“Why do we need to have yet another beautiful outfit when people are collectively stressed about the pandemic?”, Rahul presents us with a question and further explains the meaningful difference his couture is trying to make in current times.
“Butterfly People attempts to answers a simple, yet very pertinent question at our end— ‘what is the relevance of couture in such times?’ The last few months have been a time when the entire atelier struggled together— “together” being the more important word here. We were anxious, like the rest of the world, because everything seemed uncertain. But we were together— in spirit. Couture felt like a leap of faith. It united us as we started thinking, ideating, sketching from the safety of our homes, and crafting the first samples with few embroiderers in the studio. The core idea behind the luxury we are trying to cultivate is pushing for sustainable employment of the craft community. Indeed, there is an unperturbed expression of art through our motifs, but every stitch, every knot is strongly related to the present and future of an artisan, especially hit by the pandemic— the greatest leveller, that did not see race, religion or social hierarchy, brought with itself a sea of change,” says Mishra, in an official video release statement.
Talking about the relevance of couture in such times, the idea is to promote sustainable employment for the crafts community. It led him to think, ideate and sketch from the safety of his home. The pieces were then embroidered by a few craftsmen who were at the studio.
He was inspired to create this collection at the onset of this pandemic when, after a long time, he spotted a clear blue sky, a lot of butterflies and nesting birds along with their offsprings trying to fly. An encapsulated lively ecosystem is clearly visible in these designs. Enjoy the intricate collection here.
Sheer 3D Embroidered Lotus Pond Trail Cape
Lotus Pond 3D Embroidered Gown
Periwrinked Sequinned Dress
Sky Cloud Landscape Hand Embroidered Gown
Bidri Hand Embroidered Tiered Gown
Gulistan 3D Marigold Foliage Dress
Mondrian Ruffled Asymmetric Skirt