Unveiling their new collection at the UNESCO World Heritage Site marks a momentous occasion for Falguni Shane Peacock
September 6, 2021: Titled ‘Love is’, the new collection by internationally celebrated designers Falguni Shane Peacock was unveiled at the India Couture Week with a fashion film shot at the Taj Mahal, Agra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Making history with this, they are the first and only designers in the world to ever mount a show within the surroundings of this beautiful monument of love, the Taj Mahal.
Showcasing the distinct handwriting and talents of a cluster of about 250 craftsmen from the FSP-adopted villages of Maligati, Islampur, Midnapore, Kharagpur and Marhtala in West Bengal, this collection has been crafted completely by hand, with the couture signatures of Falguni Shane Peacock. Juxtaposing the intricate detailing against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal, it makes for a mesmerising portrayal of Indian craft traditions and couture expertise to the world; especially at a time when the focus on travel and conscious support towards artisans is stronger than ever before.
Showstopper Shraddha Kapoor was seen wearing a deep, red-based, intricately embroidered light golden Lehenga, with floral motifs and geometrical details adorned with beads, crystals and sequins. The full-sleeved, handcrafted blouse is complete with foliage and grid work details, and with tassels. The ensemble is further styled with a scallop-bordered, crystal and bead encrusted Dupatta.
The details of this collection aim to translate the imaginative tale of love, by borrowing from the beauty of the monument of Taj Mahal. Going from transcribing the countless motifs of this architectural gem on ensembles to varnishing them with the refined adornments of Swarovski crystals, pearls, mirrors, sequins and beads, this collection is a beautiful medley of colours that mount from mellow muted tones such as baked beige and pearl ivory to pastel colours like the rose pink and mint green, even extending to deeper tones like emerald green, royal purple, turquoise and valiant poppy.
Adding a dash of glamour and elevating the grandeur are a splash to metallic hues like silvers and gold. The detailed crafting techniques replicate the structural marvel on the fabric through architectural motifs of domes and minarets, latticework of foliage, and motifs of the century’s fauna and birds.
In terms of method, this line is innovational yet strongly rooted in terms of approach, which is a signature aesthetic of the label. The cuts of the think trailed Lehenga are traditional yet contemporary, and the fitted-and-flared silhouettes and the ball gown-style Lehengas make for a befitting wedding day bridal trousseau.