One of my absolute favorite designers of all time is Sabyasachi Mukherjee, known as just Sabyasachi. He’s an international icon in the realm of fashion, showcasing at NYFW as well as countless other fashion weeks around the world. Most of his works have a brilliant Indian, old-world flair, but he pulls inspiration from many cultures. He began his brand in 1999 after studying at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi, the same school premier designer Prabal Gurung attended. Since then, Sabyasachi has been a moving force in fashion.
Sabyasachi varies between vibrant palettes, and more earthy tones. He also crosses the lines between typical western versus eastern fashion.
He dresses for the quintessential Indian with an aesthetic that is so traditional, but also possessing a bit of a baroque flair.
While he does have boutiques in various parts of the world, Sabyasachi is extremely coveted and rarely accessible to the general public. I was able to get my hands on one outfit of his back in Bombay in 2009 (after selling my soul). His designs are luxurious charming, ornate, and a reminiscence of history. Scores of designers attempt to copy his vintage and forgotten prints, but a true Sabyasachi original is more than prints, rather a compilation of textiles, embroidery, handwork, beading, and an overarching artistic vision. I mean, the guy single-handedly made me love floral, which is quite the feat. And I have always loved designers that can blend influences because it definitely shows in the clothing.What do I love most? If there’s anyone who I feel embodies the art of fashion, especially in regards to rich, cultural undertones, it’s Sabyasachi.
Rida Islam, Fashion Editor
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