Designer Focus: Sabyasachi

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee comes from a middle class Bengali family of Kolkata. Born on February 23rd, 1974, he was destined to become a cultural icon as he is today. Mukherjee wanted to study fashion, however his parents wanted him to become an engineer and refused to fund his admission into NIFT, a fashion institute. Sabyasachi sold his books to pay for the admission form and passed the exam.

In the summer of 1999, Sabyasachi Mukherjee graduated from the NIFT with three major awards. Four months later, Sabyasachi started his label which began with a workforce of three people. Over the years, he has built a clothing brand which has a strong cultural perspective.

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In 2001, Sabyasachi won the Femina British Council’s most Outstanding Young Designer of India Award. In 2002, Sabyasachi participated at the India Fashion Week, where his debut collection earned him positive reviews from the national and international press. Then there was no stopping there. He was on a cover of an Indian Women’s magazine, which touted him to be the future of Indian fashion. From there he burst into the international market. He began showcasing his collections in international fashions shows and opened stores outside India. In 2004, he earned the distinction of being the only Indian designer to be invited to showcase at the Milan Fashion Week. Along with accolades, he was also voted by Asia Inc. a Singapore-based Business magazine as one of the ten most influential Indians in Asia.

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Recently, the designer collaborated with French luxury footwear and fashion designer, Christian Louboutin for his Autumn Winter 2015 collection at Amazon India Couture Week. The shoes were all embroidered with the quintessential Sabyasachi embroidery and embellished with hand-placed sequins. Louboutin also modified his signature Victoria heel for the collection. It was embellished with the signature Sabyasachi embroidery using acid dyed burnt zardozi and vintage Parsi gara. Off the runway, he is a favorite among the stars as well. Sabyasachi’s celebrity clientele includes Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan, Sridevi, Tabu, Shabana Azmi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor to name a few. Amongst international actresses, Renée Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon & others have sported his label. He has also designed for Bollywood movies!

My Observations:

Sabyasachi may be recognized for all his handcraft work in India, but I am in love with his interplay with fabrics. His sarees for example are not one long piece of cloth, but pieces of differing cloths and complimentary embroidery. His work is luxurious, opulent, and over-the-top gorgeous that can make any girl feel like a million bucks. He plays around with lavish fabrics and embroidery that revives the Indian heritage. I could be wrong, but I think he may the designer to start the belted dupatta trend on lenghas and sarees. He loves working with reds and golds which are quintessential colors of bridal wear in India.

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Where Can I get Sabyasachi?

You can get your hands on a Sabyasachi creation through a short list of stores that carry his designs. There are many stores in India and London; one in Dubai and only a handful in the States. Their official website is not helpful and you certainly cannot buy from it. The only bet is to go to one of the Sabyasachi stores and buy in person. Sorry guys!!

I decided to go a different route in this post and shed light on an Indian designer. So far from what I can tell, Sabyasachi is a favorite of mine and many other women. You can purchase his work for your wedding day or your trousseau. It will be an heirloom for generations. Happy shopping!

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