Do you want to see something out of the box? Take luxury designers, and give them amazing textiles from India, and have them make something amazing. That’s exactly what happened with Project Renaissance. This collection was something that was stuck in my mind since long and here it is, my post about the collaboration between Vogue India and luxury designers to create gorgeous looks with fabrics from India. Living in this country, it’s not difficult to be reminded of the magic in the textile of India. The collaboration is to celebrate the Vogue magazine’s 5th anniversary.
The project renaissance initiated led by Bandana for Vogue India involved selecting the country’s finest handcrafted textiles and inviting leading international designers to –in her words “to mold them into something inspiring, something momentous. What you see is a sublime tribute to the historical, social and mythical magic of the Indian wrap and weft.” Project Renaissance has given these international Brands an opportunity to engage with the Indian consumer in a more personal manner as well as enabled the welcome promotion of traditional Indian fabrics.Here are the resultant collaborations. They absolutely amaze us. The trench coat made in maheswari silk designed by Burberry is the most outstanding and also my favourite outfit among this collection.
The complete 20-piece Project Renaissance collection features more India-inspired designs by VOGUE October 2012 issue.
“I wanted to take our iconic trench coat and play with its unique identity. Like the trench, the Maheshwari fabric has an incredibly rich history and heritage, which I find truly inspiring.” —Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer
2. ALBERTA FERRETI for Kanchipuram Silk
“I reinterpreted this beautiful fabric to realise something different from the traditional sari— I wanted to show [its] versatility, richness and allure.” —Alberta Ferretti
3. TOD’S for Kanchipuram Silk
“We chose the Tod’s D Bag as the best way to valorise the silk. We combined [it with] special leather and laser ‘embroideries’ to make it unique.” —Tod’s
4. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO for Banasari Brocade
“The shoe represents Ferragamo’s long-standing commitment to craftsmanship [in its] pairing [of] the fabric with the techniques of an Italian handmade shoe.” —James Ferragamo, director of women’s leather goods
5. DKNY for Bishnupur Baluchari silk
“The graphic red is so DKNY—vibrant, energised, colourful. It’s exciting to take something traditional and do something completely unexpected with it.” —Donna Karan, chief creative director
.6. BLUMARINE for Kashmiri Embroidery
“I thought about a linear and clean shape, very feminine and luxurious. I decided to let the fabric play the starring role in the creation” —Anna Molinari, Creative Director
7. PRABAL GURUNG for Banarasi Brocade
“The design and draping process was incredibly romantic and poetic- it stirred up emotions and nostalgia of my time spent (in India)“– Prabal Gurung
8. PETER PILLOTO for Orissa Ikat
“We enjoyed the contrast [in using] something that was made through classical methods and constructing it with modern techniques to give a cutting-edge silhouette true to Peter Pilotto” —Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos
9. GUCCI for Gujarati Patola
GUCCI for Gujarati Patola, “The patola fabric is incredibly rich and simple. It gives you the idea of heritage, tradition, craftsmanship, creativity, all themes that are very close to me and to Gucci” —Frida Giannini, Creative Director
10. BIBHU MOHAPATRA for Bhuj Mashru
“I was driven by the challenge of taking something so traditional, historic and beautiful to create something that is modern and now’” —Bibhu Mohapata
11. JIMMY CHOO for Benarasi Brocade
“We added a sculpted 3D element to the design, creating a mule thing is quitessentially jimmy choo”- Saudra Choi, Creative Director
12. NAEEM KHAN for Kanchipuram Silk
“[I chose to] create a modern, sexy and classic strapless gown with no seams- Naem Khan, Creative Director
13. MISSONI for Lucknowi Chikankari
“Working with [the fabric] has been a pleasure.We [searched] our archives for the model that would best suit the peculiarity of the craft and enhance its beauty” — Margherita Missoni, Brand Ambassador
14. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN for Kanchipuram Silk
“I wanted to emphasise the beautiful heritage of the fabric by combining it with the modern lines of the shoe and adding spikes [that] contrast” —Christian Louboutin
15. ETRO for Kashmiri Jamawar and Gujarati Bandhini
“In a mixing of styles, I decided to blend [the fabrics] to create a new layered ‘Etro Indian’ look, uniting our common passion for textiles, colours and little details”- Veronica Etro, Creative Director of womenswear.
16. FENDI for Bengali Jamdani
“It felt like the perfect blend of two of the oldest cultures- India and Rome. I was delighted to see the [fabric’s] elegant simplicity and thought it was just perfect for a baguette”- Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative Director of accessories.
17. EMILIO PUCCI for Lucknow Chikankari
‘Working with embroideries is one of my great pleasures. The fabric of the dress was perfect and lent itself impeccable to the design I imagined’ – Peter Dundas, Creative Director.
18. HERMÈS for Bengali kantha
“I left with the embroideries the iconic brides de Gala scarf, and asked them to replicate it in kantha work on raw silk. It was done free hand, in their unique style”- Bali Barret, Deputy artistic director of Hermis’ women’s collection.
19. ROBERTO CAVALI for Rajastani Bandhini
“It was an exciting challenge to construct the design, to blend the Cavalli sensuality and style with the elements of a traditional sari”
20. ROGER VIVIER for assam silks
“I was inspired by this fabric and its intense colour. We had to cut it; it was not an easy decision to make; given the beauty of the entire piece”- Bruno Frisoni Creative Director
The complete 20-piece Project Renaissance collection features more India-inspired designs by VOGUE October 2012 issue. “It is as if Made in India, Made by India and Made for India are all the same thing. And it is a sweet reminder that no matter where they come from, the strings that tug at our hearts are the very ones woven for our bodies.”