lhjiKavita was always interested in fashion from a very early age. She grew up in Delhi and completed her schooling from The Convent of Jesus and Mary and later did a three year programme in textiles. Kavita was married when she was 19 and completed her graduation in textile design after marriage.
She opened Ogaan in November 1989 because she could sense a need for change in the Indian market. People wanted higher quality products which could no longer be made by tailors sitting at home. With the opening up of the NIFT and the growing inflow of young talented people who had studied design and knew quality, the Indian fashion scene in the late 80s was right for change, everything was coming together at the same time.
Ogaan, which is in Hauz Khas Village is very well located, nestling between the deer park and the madarsa. Revati Kamath who was the architect, was assigned to put the concept together. The fashion scenario when she began was very charged, and Kavita became an instant success.
Kavita feels that the fashion scene in India right now is equally charged as it was then. Business has increased manifold. At Ogaan, one section leads into another. It is one of the largest stores in Hauz Khas Village. She has another store in Delhi which is in the Santushti Shopping Complex where Kavita stocks western concepts.
She has been in the business of promoting designers from all over India and her own label KAVITA BHARTIA since 1989.
Kavita's mantra for success is "a lot of hard work and a positive attitude to make a go of things". The highlights of her career have been- Showed her collection in Seychelles for Ms.World; in Rome with Roberto Capucci and consequently in Singapore. She has participated thrice in Singapore Fashion Week and also showed in Selfridges. She has done two solo shows and two dual shows in New Delhi, and the opening of two more branches one in Kolkata in
1995 and one in Delhi in 1997.
Inspiration for Fall-Winter 2003
For Fall-Winter 2003 Kavita Bhartia, her debut show at the LIFW blends Indian tradition with the latest international trends to create a 'look' which is very global yet ethno-trendy..Elements of jagged, raw razor cut edges added to her sophisticated outfits for the 'fun' element..
The very Indian embroideries gets blended with textured Indian based fabrics and clean silhouttes messed up only by the layered assymetrical hems.
The corsets gets a new look when cut as a choli, the kurta a new feel when treated as a dress. The engineered jackets with their over emphasised godets lend that wild-drama to the whole collection.
She has played Holi with the access she has with materials available in India. It is for the modern woman who is becoming one with the world.