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'Work allows me to express myself'

Ace fashion designer Ravi Bajaj is inspired by Indian film stars from the ’60s and people with their own distinctive styles.

education Updated: Nov 07, 2011 12:05 IST
Ayesha Banerjee
Ayesha Banerjee
Hindustan Times

God wanted fashion pasha Ravi Bajaj to be a success… From the time he wore a self-designed shirt made out of furnishing fabric to a party and everyone went “gaga over it”

The exact moment when you realised this was where you wanted to be?
When I wore a shirt made from furnishing fabric and every one went gaga over it at a party! I was 16 years old then!

Indian film stars from the ’60s, and anybody who had/has personal style!

Did the family need to be convinced (that you wanted to join the fashion world)?
Fortunately my family know that I was not meant for academics. And even though we have a family business I knew that was not meant for me. So it did not take too much persuasion. Luckily for me, my elder brother did all the spadework and made certain that I had a chance to do whatever I wished!

Biggest high?
Ah! My highs come from very simple being able to hold a tune to relishing a great meal!

The biggest goof-up?
I am not prone to goof-ups! I am too conscious a person for that!

The best thing about the work you do?
It allows me to express myself (to an extent) and brings instant gratification! Today I conceive an outfit and in a few days it’s ready to be worn!

The perks of being a big name in the exclusive world of fashion
Well...good service at restaurants ...ha ha!

You have been a success because
God wanted me to be...

How big a role did education play in shaping you as an individual and a designer ?
Quite a bit, since fashion is an applied art, technical knowledge is a must!

God to you is?
Everything on earth and nothing in the sky!

Mantras for aspiring designers?
Think before you leap! And once you have leap, don't bother thinking!

Education shapes your career. Since fashion is an applied art, technical knowlege is a must —Ravi Bajaj, fashion designer

First Published: Nov 01, 2011 11:14 IST