The ingenious designer continues to commemorate Indian craftsmanship with this latest collection that emphasizes on techniques like Bandhini, Benarasi and Gota Patti
August 5, 2022: Inspired by traditional art and architecture and created for a muse who defies the pressure to either conform to or break free of societal expectations, Anita Dongre’s ‘Homage' is a celebration of a core philosophy - the knowledge that every garment is honoured by its wearer.
An ode to a rich architectural history that is shape-shifting and inclusive, the collection reinterprets motifs and details in various crafts and techniques, including Bandhini, handpainted Pichwai, signature Gota Patti, and handwoven Benarasi, in a rich palette of forest greens, blush pinks, fiery reds, sunset purples, and soothing creams and blues.
The juxtapositioned curves of creativity, balance, grace and self-identity in this collection are brought to life by Serena Jethmalani, Tiana Taraporvala, Sara Tendulkar, Rhea Kuruvilla and Alaviaa Jaaferi - that also play muse to the designer. Each of them have chosen elements to customise their lehenga and make it their own – a service long cherished by Anita Dongre brides.
Anita Dongre’s stories with craft and bespoke services, which include customisation, make every piece uniquely personalised. Incorporating a particular colour, a word or part of a text of shared meaning, or any elements that personalise a piece to its wearer has added to the special occasion each lehenga is chosen for. Adding a bride’s personal story to a signature design gives each piece a place in time.
“Homage is a true marriage of the old and the new in form and function. Each of these intricately-detailed lehengas tells a unique story of craft and culture. We worked with master artisans to recreate quintessential motifs in various crafts and colours and shot with young women who are so deeply their own person. All of this [is shot] against the beautiful backdrop of Six Senses Fort Barwara, a 14th-century fort sensitively restored through significant conservation efforts,” says Ms. Dongre.