Fashion designers around the world have time and again sought inspiration from artworks and artists. From Iris van Herpen who once manifested Van Gogh’s Starry Nights on her ethereal ensembles to Gianni Versace’s iconic Spring 1991 collection that was greatly influenced by American pop artist Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting of Marilyn Monroe.
Closer home, Ritu Kumar’s floral-heavy Spring/Summer’20 outfits looked at Indian sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s MET exhibit Phenomenal Nature to convey artistic expressions.
Spurring up the conversation around art, design and fashion, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art has announced a unique mini-series Art x Fashion. It features celebrated experts of the Indian fashion industry Gauri & Nainika, Amit Aggarwal, Bandana Tiwari, Sanjay Garg, Ayushman Mitra, Kalyani Chawla and Isha Bhansali. It explores how art has driven their work and creations.
Here’s what one can expect from the upcoming series, which will broadcast on KNMA’s social media channels every Sunday at 5 pm.
Gauri and Nainika Gauri & Nainika will highlight the best of their art-inspired creations. The luxury label’s outfits featured works of Alpesh Dave and Travis Black for the grand finale of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2019. Previously, their Summer’18 line-up took creative cues from S.H. Raza and F.N Souza.
Amit Aggarwal Designer Amit Aggarwal was last seen on the ramp at LFW Spring-Resort 2020 showcase. In this series, he will talk about designing Lumen (a collection from 2019) after witnessing In the eyes of the Animal; an immersive art experience by Marshmallow Laser Feast at Saatchi Art Gallery, London.
Ayushman Mitra The popular face and designer behind the millennial-favourite label Bobo Calcutta, Ayushman Mitra will discuss the ever-present influence of Bengali culture and paintings of Jamini Roy in his personal and professional works.
Sanjay Garg with Bandana Tewari Founder and Designer Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango, a contemporary label that specialises in Indian handwoven textiles; along with Journalist Bandana Tewari will be in a conversation about folk art and culture and the intrinsic relationship between art and fashion.
Kalyani Chawla Fashion entrepreneur Kalyani Chawla will discuss the prevailing influence of art and artists on luxury brands and fashion marketing.
Isha Bhansali Celebrity stylist Isha Bhansali will speak about how art dominates a major part of her everyday life and how she channels these arty expressions in her styling and editorials.