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Mumbai attacks inspire apparel

The audacious 26/11 attacks have invited the wrath of the art and entertainment world alike and now has become the subject of a designer's collection. Read on...

business Updated: Jan 30, 2009 15:53 IST

The audacious 26/11 attacks have invited the wrath of the art and entertainment world alike and now has become the subject of a designer's collection.

An upcoming fashionista reflected the trauma,distress, confusion and mayhem arising from the attacks in her "Rising of the Phoenix" collection.

Sakshi Mansingh named her work after the recent Mumbai attacks.

"It was only a small step in expressing my emotions. I hope that we put up a joint fight against terrorism to wipe it out from the society," she says.

Mansingh used net, patches and cotton fabrics to design her garments.

Hers and a number of other creations by graduating students of the Noida-based Design and Innovation Academy were part of a fashion show Prism 2009 as models like Tina Chatwal, Ritu Singh, Barkha Kaul and Donna Masih among others walked the ramp.

The aspiring designers drew inspiration from mystical world of snakes, bold persona of World War spy Mata Hari and the paper-folding technique origami.

Characters of snakes (striking texture, colour, movement) were brought out in "Serpentine" through layering of different fabrics, textures and embellishment. Materials like metallic satins and embossed fabrics were used to good effect in the collected inspired by the mystical world of snakes.

The collection called "Graffiti" seemed to be a graphic expression of ideas and thoughts through images and words painted or scratched on different surfaces. Texturing and embroidery were done on Suedes and denims to give the dresses a bold look.