This is what inspired Rahul Mishra's first international couture collection - Elle India


This is what inspired Rahul Mishra’s first international couture collection

The collection marks a new beginning in the designer's storytelling

BY Meenakshi Iyer | August 13th, 2019

Hidden away in a narrow alley in central Paris, Garage LÜbeck’s unpretentious exteriors could not have revealed the beauty it held inside during the Haute Couture Week in Paris last month. A secret garden had taken shape in the form of an exhibition that showcased 18 looks by designer Rahul Mishra. Titled Metropolis Part 1, the collection—made of gowns, shift dresses and jackets— featured embroidery that replicated flowers, rustling leaves (yes, Mishra’s sheer brilliance infused sound through painstaking applique work), vegetation and skyscrapers. Inspired by the organic growth of a city, its towering buildings and ever-expanding skyline, the showcase captured the complexity of a metropolis through cutwork and 3D techniques, where the embroidery defined the silhouettes of the garments. And as a stark departure from couture’s very nature, Mishra brought a certain lightness to his creations with the use of fabrics such as tulle and organza. This collection marks a new beginning in Mishra’s storytelling and we can’t wait to see the endless possibilities that he dreams up. 

For the City Fall Trench, hand cut tulle and embroidered buildings are perched on organza

The Bageecha Short Dress features intricate hand embroidery by Indian artisans

The Bougainvillea Jacket features colourful flowers that are hand cut and sewn on sheer silk

The Foliage Shift Dress is inspired by tiny flowers and leaves

The Bageecha Flared Gown paints a picture of a city that once existed

The Foliage Jacket plays with shape-shifting elements like flowers and leaves that explore the theme of growth

The Bageecha Strapless Gown is hand embroidered with silk threads and depicts an untouched version of 'Metropolis'

The Bageecha Draped Dress is inspired from a traditional Indian drape. Details such as a pond and the flora surrounding it have been embroidered in silk threads

The City Fall Dress traces the evolution of a landscape from ground zero

The City Fall Shift Dress has an intricate cutwork bodice that represents a metropolis

The Bageecha Trench features quaint windows and walkways constructed through naturally occurring foliage

Photographs: Francesca Beltran; Model and creative direction: Laura Gavrilenko