Date of birth
Place of birth
A chance meeting with Tarun Tahiliani at Ensemble decades ago
Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi and Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
High point of your life
Introducing a new fabric blend, the bamboo ikat, which is a first in the world
Low point of your life
Losing my Golden Retriever Buzo, who was my soulmate
If not a designer, you’d have been...
A historian working with a museum, since I’m a real history buff!
The one thing about Indian fashion that bugs you the most?
The excessive use of bling. I have a preference for classic understatedness.
A Hollywood star you’d like to style...
Kate Winslet, because she’s got a strong personality and exudes intelligence and confidence – a rare combination indeed.
A prominent personality from history you would like to dress, and why?
Without a doubt it would be empress Noor Jahan, for being the forerunner of Indian fashion and design. Not many people know that she developed chikankari and discovered ittar!
She also introduced Benaras brocade and Dhaka muslin to the Mughal courts.
Which Bollywood couple you’d like to style for their wedding day?
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, because she is the ultimate clothes horse and he is unafraid to experiment.
Your favourite music on the ramp is...
Taarab music from Africa. It’s primeval and sublime.
A customised drink for Madhu Jain would contain...
Lemon, as in good old nimboo pani!
A high-street brand that one can spot in your wardrobe...
Anokhi, since its clothes resonate with my own style sensibility.
Describe your closet in three words.
Neat, coordinated and eclectic.
The one thing that you never leave your house without?
That’s a no-brainer. It’s my mobile phone, which is my hotline to work, family and friends.
The best way for you to unwind is by...
Hanging out with old buddies. My friends are precious to me and nothing can beat the comfort of
Money doesn’t buy class — true or false?
True. Though, it can open “classy” doors.
If there was an earthquake, what is that one thing you’d save and why?
A copy of the Bhagavad Gita that was given to me by my father when I got married.
Your advice to budding designers would be...
No matter how tempting it is, don’t be a slave to current trends. Have the guts to carve out your own path and follow your heart.
Food: Curd rice
Movie: Gone with the Wind (1939)
Holiday destination: St Moritz
Book: Sounds of Silence by Nan Umrigar
From HT Brunch, March 12, 2017
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