At the ongoing fashion week in the Capital, the ramp yesterday saw Dutch and Indian collaborations. But, this collective display of creativity does not only end there.
Apart from designer Jan Taminiau and label DIED, Dutch Fashion Here & Now has also bought to India makeup expert Ellis Faas, who also has a celebrated, eponymous makeup range. “I didn’t even know makeup was a profession. But, I enrolled for a course and loved it, and then studied special effects in Paris. I have been doing makeup ever since,” she says. Talking about the collaboration, Faas, who is holding a workshop today, adds, “It’s fascinating to see how two cultures that are so different can get together in one beautiful feast.”
Dutch catwalk photographer Peter Stigter, who has covered fashion weeks in Milan, Paris and London, will also host a workshop for photographers tomorrow, to share intricacies of his art. “After 25 years, I can tell you that my profession is far from glamorous. Photography is hard work and has lots of pressure. But, after all these years, I still find it addictive. When everything comes together — fashion, music, and stage — it’s a magical experience,” he says. Apart from Faas and Stigter, Indigo Embassy, a lounge at Pragati Maidan where the fashion week is being held, will have installations from the denim industry of Netherlands.
Adding a musical touch to the fashion and cultural alliance is Star Studded Studios, who provided the music for yesterday’s WIFW finale and celebrated the collaboration at the after party at Shroom. The Dutch DJ duo comprises Joost Van Bellen and Sander Stenger. “This project has been an adventure for us and we know we are never going to forget this experience. We feel blessed and excited,” they say.