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Dressing up the Aladdin

After styling clothes for Bhandarkar's Fashion, designer Narendra Kumar is now designing for the Big B starrer Aladdin.
IANS | By Shweta Thakur, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2008 01:38 PM IST

Bollywood fashion designer Narendra Kumar, who has styled clothes for Madhur Bhandarkar's upcoming film Fashion and plays a bit role in it too, has another ace up his sleeve - designing the line for the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aladdin.

The Mumbai-based designer is upbeat about his role in Fashion. "People say that I did extremely well," Kumar said, refusing to divulge any details.

He jokingly added: "I must do some bigger roles from now on!"

Kumar, who shot to fame after designing outfits for John Abraham in Babul, said Aladdin would showcase some more of his creativity.

Speaking about his style, Kumar said he doesn't agree with the idea of showcasing or including "weird clothes" in the name of fashion and creativity.

"There are designers who design weird outfits but they remain in the cupboards of people and can't be worn. What is the use of such creativity which can be of no use to people?" said the designer, obliquely hinting at Rohit Bal and Manish Arora's collections.

"Nothing can give more satisfaction and happiness to a designer than seeing a smile on someone's face after she finds herself looking like a million dollars in an outfit crafted by him," Kumar told IANS in an interview.

"I don't have to compromise with my creativity while designing clothes for films because it is a new challenge every time. Also, you are not designing for yourself but for a new character keeping in mind a new story every time."

"Moreover, each day I design at least one garment for myself to satiate my creative desires," he maintained.

Commenting on retail brands joining hands with young designers, he said: "All this indicates the evolution of our fashion industry and is a great trend."

"It takes a lot to establish oneself in the international market. Joining hands with retail chain fashion stores would help budding designers in many ways - they would learn more about textiles, of timely delivery and the quality and commercial viability factor. This would largely benefit them in dealing with both indigenous and international customers," he said.

Kumar, who teaches at various fashion training institutes like NIFT Mumbai, said though youngsters possess tremendous potential, there is a dearth of trained faculty members.

"Our youth have the potential, but unfortunately there are not enough trained faculty members to guide them. Also, the trainers must be sent abroad for refresher courses at regular intervals."

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