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Dining with Manish Arora

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 21:17 IST
Sujata Reddy
Sujata Reddy
Hindustan Times
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Manish Arora is a busy man. After having shown his collection at the recent Paris Fashion Week, he has now collaborated with home décor store Good Earth to create a line of bone china crockery. Ask him about the association and Arora says: “Good Earth and I wanted to create a range of very unique and beautiful chinaware because it is a matter of pride and prestige to have a great dinner set. It can last a lifetime and be a collectible.”

Arora has designed clothes, accessories, make-up, watches, a car, an auto rickshaw, a bike, restaurants, a barbershop and an alcohol bottle in the past, and now he’s served up luxury crockery for Good Earth. But not one to be content with his feats, Arora says he is still open to “interesting offers to design something I have never designed before.”

Tell Arora that his idiosyncratic style of designing earns him the tag of being the John Galliano of India, and he doesn’t sound too happy with the comparison. “I have made my mark in a different way from him (Galliano) and I think it is time that I am recognised for that. I don’t compare myself to any other designer because no one else does the kind of work that I do… In India or abroad,” he retorts.

On a parting note, Arora promises to stun his audience time and again with his creativity on the ramp. He has been asked several times if he plans to deviate from his usual style, but Arora is clear. “Why should I deviate when I can continue to astonish people in my way? I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve, enough to last a lifetime,” he concludes.