Indian designer RAHUL MISHRA presented Haute Couture Fall Winter 2020.21 Butterfly People Collection, that was inspired by the spirit of togetherness through migrant and pandemic crisis, reminding us that just existing is not enough. The collection celebrates beauty, nature and freedom.
“‘Butterfly People’ answers a simple, yet very pertinent question — ‘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 ensured that every artisan is supported despite the countrywide official lockdown and an acute drop in sales. 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. I am often questioned on the need of clothes that are so indulgent, with such level of detail and extravagance. 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.” – from Rahul Mishra
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