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Catwalk on canvas

Artist Vineeta Dasgupta brought high fashion, attitude and womanhood under scanner through a series of acrylic works on canvas at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week that ended Sunday.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 30, 2009 12:47 IST

Artist Vineeta Dasgupta brought high fashion, attitude and womanhood under scanner through a series of acrylic works on canvas at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week that ended Sunday.

The works, "Fashion & Attitude/Womanhood Under Scanner", were exhibited earlier at the India Habitat Centre in January.

Dasgupta's art is an intuitive response to the fashion world, establishing that high fashion is deeply rooted in the ancient Indian concept of 'shringar'.

Her canvas, "Ardhanari Nateswar" - a figure of a half-male and a half-female model, represents the hip-hop androgynous aspect of contemporary Indian fashion.

The man becomes a woman when he walks the ramp, while the woman feels like the man as she shows off herself and her clothes.

"When Clothes speak", a collage in silhouettes and shadows, portrays timeless style statements in clothes made by heroines of our century like Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe.

Her frames - put together - are like an alternative catwalk in colours and content.