Raghavendra Rathore reinvents power dressing with his Bandhgala collection for women
A bespoke capsule collection that looks at the evolution of this classic
Before the fashion fraternity discovered power-dressing through the pant suit, there was the Bandhgala. And, Raghavendra Rathore, known as the master of this classic silhouette, is all set to launch a capsule collection of Bandhgalas for women to commemorate 25 years in the industry. The Parsons School of Design-graduate is all set to present this tailored essential in many different avatars, while taking inspiration from some of the leading luxury labels like Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan and Bill Blass, amongst others.
The designer who hails from the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur is going to launch this bespoke collection at his stores across the country. Plus, one can also place orders online. The humble Bandhgala was once a court outfit found in the regal landscape of Rajasthan, but over time many international designers, along with Raghavendra Rathore, have also reinvented it for global runways.
Of course, the Bandhgala is one of the rare silhouettes that has been omnipresent throughout decades, from being worn by the Indian military to even James Bond on the silver screen. But, the designs are an ode to the tailoring masters who set a new benchmark during the 80s for women. The result is going to focus on bold silhouettes, while bringing power dressing to the forefront and showing us why tailored silhouettes aren’t just for men.
One can expect to see jackets, pantsuits, blouses for saris in this limited-edition collection that emulates the east-meets-west spirit. The styles will bring together the past, present and the future and take its signature—bespoke clothing—to new highs. Ultimately, it’s Rathore’s tribute to the heritage garment, making it into a modern classic for anyone who wants to wear it.
An illustration that gives a preview to the upcoming collection
Photograph: Bikramjit Bose