Art Deco was plucked out of the 1920s and projected into a distant future at Manish Arora's fall-winter 2010-11 ready-to-wear collection Thursday, where space stewardesses stalked the catwalk in sci-fi flapper dresses.
"We took familiar codes of the Art Deco period and, in a word, messed them up," the genial Delhi-based designer told The Associated Press in a preview of the collection.
"We pushed everything so far into the future that it's hardly recognizable." Prints, in a saturated rainbow, were culled from stills from the 1927 Fritz Lang movie "Metropolis," early 20th century stained glass and neon signage and worked into cap sleeved dresses with protruding hips and old-school stewardess uniforms.
Everything scintillated, sparkled, flashed and blinged. Dresses with sculptural puff sleeves and epaulettes, plunging V-necklines and low-slung waists were covered, submerged in sequins: Irregular stripes and patches of blinding mint green, tangerine, flamingo paillettes covered every square inch (centimeter).
Even the models' hair was covered in bling: Some wore rigid half-wig, half-bucket hat hybrids covered in electric blue or eyepopping orange sequins.
"Only in India," said Arora, adding that it takes four embroiderers about a week to finish a single dress. "That kind of work becomes financially untenable in Europe."
Not for the timid of heart, the collection looked sure to please the hot young things like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, who have made making an entrance their hallmark.