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Tears of the Muses inspire Deepika Govind

Designer Deepika Govind has come out with an ideological theme, one which brings about cohesion between her starkly-coloured outfits, reports Mishty Varma

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 17:15 IST

Two masks – one of Hitler's visage and one of Mahatma Gandhi's – joined at the heads lie strewn on the audience's seats. Slide them apart and on three slips of paper – each one bearing one of the three colours of Deepika's palette – is written the theme ofthe show titled Tears of the Muses*: Ikat Theatre – a play in four acts.

So what you would usually encounter among designers is a central theme which usually takes the form of colour, or style, or cuts, or prints, or embellishments (anyone remember those Swarovski crystals? They were everywhere!).But Deepika Govind is a designer who has come out with an ideological theme, one which brings about cohesion between her starkly-coloured outfits.

If there are any suggestions that the designer is being hugely pretentious, they are quashed with the beginning of a spectacle – a dance-theatre artiste who held the audience spell-bound with his mastery as he demonstrated with his craft the themes of the four acts of Deepika's Ikat theatre.

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The collection itself was no less unconventional. Worked almost entirely in muga silk, Ikat and bamboo and corn knits, the garments themselves do not adhere to conservative cuts or silhouettes. Styles in the collection include saris, dresses, skirts and tops, shrugs and trouser-suits for women, and ensembles for men.



Deepika has been creative with her use of material: flapping pentagon-shaped swaths of cloth are arranged in a concentric fashion on skirts, on backs of tops and as shoulder flaps, creating an interestingly skewed and multi-layered effect.

The palette is in stark hues that manage to be – at the same time – vivid: bone-white, rich sienna, slate and steel blues, blacks and russet reds.

Monochromatic outfits make a compelling style statement in softer hues of russet, complemented as they are with rope belts. For everything else, there are bright red stockings to contrast.

The designs are unsettlingly bold and with the palette being what it is, it is a rather disquieting collection though it would find favour with the discerning wearer.

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* Tears of the Muses is a poem by the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser

First Published: Sep 03, 2006 19:40 IST