KIRAN'S KIMONO TO DRESS DUBAI

She believes in herself and her collections. She's spirited, full of ideas and the results just have a way of manifesting themselves in clothes that have character. Kiran Uttam Ghosh is one of those few designers on the Indian circuit who can rightly be described as a thinking couturier, one who translates ...

By Farha Sait

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Published: Thu 1 Apr 2004, 2:19 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

her interesting ideas into clothes with personality.

"Whether it is printed North Eastern sarongs, bandini sarees, pleated sarees, snazzy tunics or crocheted trousers, you need the confidence to carry them off," the designer told City Times ahead of her exhibition at the Designer's Lounge in Dubai where she will be showing over 100 pieces from Kimono's Spring-Summer collection on April 3 and 4.

"I have been releasing my new collection at stores all over India and we have hand-picked a wide variety of pieces for the Middle Eastern market. It will be my first experience in Dubai and I am looking forward to meeting people and judging their preferences," she said over the phone from her Calcutta workshop.

The lady who has been in the limelight over the last few weeks for having dressed up the Femina Miss India contenders has literally been living out of suitcases.

In between the pageant and the impending India Fashion Week, she has been busy releasing her collection at various stores in the country and abroad. In between all this fashion brouhaha, she will stop by Dubai.

"Designing clothes for the contestants of Miss India pageant was a great experience. Not only are these women the next style icons, but they are also very fresh and can be moulded the way we want. They had no previous experience and working with them was a real challenge.

We decided to play on the concept of drapes and allow the contestants to drape their body in the way that suited them best. For, after all, clothes are meant to be individual, to bring out the best in a women and help her express herself not hide her femininity," says the designer who at best describes her collections as Contrasexual - an ode to womanpower.

"I design for women who wear their femininity with a joi de vivre. Women who live with grace without ever compromising on their values or goals. Women who are creative and capable, and can run empires without ever having to turn macho."

"I think we are very fortunate to be born in this day and age, where we have the freedom to pursue our dreams and live life to the hilt."

Being a designer allows Kiran creative liberty and the platform to weave her own ideas into the framework of tradition. She hails from Bengal - a state known for its gifted and talented workmen and embroiderers. "My ultimate aim is to help revive this age old craftsmanship and present it in a new light," she says.

"When you pick up a piece from my Kimono label and look at it up, close, I want you to marvel at the workmanship, at the intricacy and the timelessness of the piece. That is my ultimate aim," she says.

Kiran will be in the store for personal consultations on April 3.



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