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Sita comes to town

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 12:30 IST
Itee Dewan
Itee Dewan
Hindustan Times
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Sita de Vesci, the half-Indian half-Irish designer from London, is all set to the rule the Indian ramp. She will be showcasing her resort wear line at the upcoming Delhi Fashion Week.

One of her creations was featured on the Oprah show as ‘one of the 10 must-haves in your closet’ last year. She retails at Harrods in London, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus in the US. We caught up with her for a chat.

Any formal training in fashion?
I have no formal training as such. Over the years I have ‘informed’ my eye ‘informally’ by collecting various pieces of fashion that had a common strand of casual elegance.

Tell us about your background and the story behind this interesting name.
I began designing clothes quite unconsciously at first and later it became my profession. My mother is an Indian and father, an Irish. I was born and brought up in Italy and married an Irishman whose name sounded Italian — so that’s the mystery behind my name.

You are known for your resort wear. Do you plan to design any Indian outfits?
Before my beachwear took off, I designed unique pieces for friends and took exclusive orders from selected shops. The robes that I made out of Benares saris were a hit. So, Indian wear is something that I have always been exposed to and interested in. Now, I am going to concentrate more on the Indian market.

Any Indian inspirations?
I come to India more often now and the country is becoming a big inspiration in my outfits. I also feel that the stylistic heritage of Italy is something which is well suited to the tastes of India.

Designers here that you admire?
Tarun Tahiliani, without a doubt. I love his saris. They are so elegant and glamourous.