The couture week in Delhi in less than two weeks has managed a coup: India’s biggest export to international design, Manish Arora, will do his first couture show in India.
“I’m all excited about the show. I had shown my prét collection in Mumbai three years ago, but I’d never done a couture show here,” says the designer.
Remind him about his famous statement last year that he’s not likely to show in India again, and he says, “It was not a hard and fast rule. I’d said that if I have the time for it, I’ll be open to doing it. FDCI (The Fashion Design Council of India) approached me at the right time. That’s it.”
Arora, who’s the only Indian designer to be a member of the prestigious international body Chambre syndicale du pret-a-porter des couturiers, ended his term as creative director of Paris fashion house Paco Rabanne earlier this year. “But don’t see this show as my comeback to India. I still live in Paris, and only visit India for work,” he says.
Ask him about the furore his recent remark that ‘most Indian designers are mere tailors’ led to and he says, “If the idea is to drag me into controversy, I’d much rather not say anything at all.”
1 Designer Varun Bahl will open the PC Jewellers Delhi Couture Week on August 8
2 The 5-day event will take place at Taj Palace Hotel
3 Each day will see just two shows
4 Designer JJ Valaya will do an offsite show
5 With participation from celeb designers such as Manish Malhotra, the event will see heavy Bollywood presence.