Grace Wales Bonner, designer’s new collection will feature Indian textiles
Grace Wales Bonner, the half-Jamaican half-British designer, made fashion history in 2017 by winning the LVMH Prize. Everything is personal to Grace Wales Bonner. This is evident in the clothes she designs, which touch on her dual nationalities and the projects she collaborates on. The designer is also known for doing
The designer has pushed herself and she went to a certain store in the bylanes of Colaba, Mumbai, where Sanjay Garg’s Raw Mango is situated.“I visited Raw Mango when I was in Mumbai in March last year and saw the amazing brocades and textiles they’d been working on. History, craft and philosophy are combined in his (Sanjay Garg’s) approach to creation, which I really admire,” said the designer.
“The initial idea was to repurpose textiles from our collection of wastage fabrics, and we sent a range of our much-loved silk brocades handwoven in Benares, which were then patch-worked into the collection. Though in the end, given production requirements, we have had to weave yardage particularly for this collection.” said designer Sanjay Garg.
These Indian textiles have impressed the designer that her just launched collection includes ivory and fuchsia brocades infused into clothes that have a sense of heritage, from windbreakers to creature-of-comfort kurtas. She’d touched upon topics of black male sexuality a season or two ago too, when the label was menswear only. Back then, models were seen walking down the ramp in strong suits bejewelled in ceremonial style, indicative of the Ethiopian emperor that inspired the collection.