DelhiÂ based, designer Rahul Mishra gained the respect ofÂ countless individuals in the fashion worldÂ after becoming the first Indian man to win the InternationalÂ WoolmarkÂ Prize in 2014, but exactly whichÂ keyÂ factors have contributed to his outstanding success.
Mishra has a very clear and valid mindset when it comes to global sustainability and the importance ofÂ local community work. With his endorsement of equality, attention to detail and hisÂ infectious smile,Â hereÂ are someÂ ofÂ theÂ reasons why we should all love RahulÂ Mishra..
After receiving the InternationalÂ Woolmark Prize, aÂ pinnacle turning point in his career, Mishra went on to demonstrate his extraordinary and distinctively unique approach to modern fashion.
A recent exposition of Mishraâ€™s work includes theÂ SS18 collection titled â€˜LIGHT IN THE SKYâ€, aÂ desirable blend ofÂ multicolourÂ and hand embroidery that perfectly reflectsÂ the tones ofÂ Mishraâ€™sÂ style. Combining his infamous trend of peplum and ruffles displayed interestingly amongst the womenâ€™s collection, the Fall collection titled â€˜Infinityâ€™ also demonstrates a similar use of ruffled fabrics and layered outfits. Mishra describes working with his teamÂ on the FallÂ collectionÂ as aÂ â€˜brain and handÂ coordination..Â creating the most beautiful artâ€™.
His Ethics & Global Sustainability
Mishra once quoted that he followsÂ a simple ruleÂ when tackling sustainability and ethical issues regarding his work. These beingÂ theÂ Four â€˜Eâ€™s,Â Environment, employment, empowerment and enabling.
After stressingÂ the overwhelming significance of fair treatment for his employees, the continuing incorporation of traditional Indian values within his collectionsÂ and the vast use of natural fibres in his fabrics the result can only mean the highest of product efficiency.
He claims to take seriously into consideration how many lives he can potentially sustain by providing work.
It is common knowledge that in the fashion industry, the making of the garment is highly important therefore Mishra refuses to useÂ unions for employment yet however hires purely on a skill basis in local communities for those who have great talents and are most deserving of the position.
First starting his career using predominantly handloom fabrics from India,Mishra exhibited his debut collection using exquisite details sourced fromÂ KerulaÂ at theÂ LakmeÂ fashion show back in 2006.Â The delicate and intricate work of This collection and all of Mishraâ€™s designs make each garment individual and astonishing and in turn the natural fibres such asÂ Kerulaâ€™sÂ cottonÂ andÂ the use ofÂ hand embroidery on the textilesÂ addÂ to the overall authenticityÂ and sustainabilityÂ of Mishra’s pieces,Â demonstratingÂ beautiful, traditional Indian routes.
SuzyÂ MenkesÂ of Vogue once quotedÂ â€œIndia should regard Mishra as a national treasureâ€. It is not difficult to notice the impact Mishra, who grew up in the village of Kanpur, has had on those of the fashion realm. He first shocked professional designers when he seemingly appropriated the concept of wool and transformed it into a summer fabric, hence acquiring a status said to have won him theÂ Woolmark, 2014.
Rahul Mishra is also widely accredited by the federation and he in turn constantly strives to thank the Indian artisans who regard his work.
British model and TV presenter Alexa Chung gives acclaim to the Indian designer asserting that â€œHis brain was exceptionalâ€ and that she â€œreally loved Rahulâ€.
Mishraâ€™s anecdotal attitude makes him all the more charming, with a somewhatÂ free-spiritedÂ defiance in the way he tackles his projects, giving a great sense of power to his work.
The video below shows Rahul Mishra talking to The Selectist about his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.
By Jess Leathem
Photography from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection by Slown
Video from the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection:
Hosted by Maiken Lorentz
Camera and Edit by Franck Renoir