Varun Bahl creates wearable art for his couture ’17 collection
Bahl is a master at creating opulence that isn't overwhelming
You may never have heard of, or seen, the works of Alphonse Mucha, but thanks to the dedicated embroiderers under Varun Bahl, you could be wearing the Czech Master’s paintings, if you so pleased.
Being “heavily inspired by the art nouveau movement”, Varun found himself wanting to prove that there is more to couture in India than heavy bridal finery. So he spent his time dreaming up pastel-hued cocktail gowns with Grecian draping, sequinned capes and embroidered jackets, before ploughing headlong into the bread-and-butter business of bridal.
The sheer richness of embroidery detailing made me wish there were 40 garments on mannequins that I could examine under a magnifying glass instead of 80 on a ramp three feet away. And perhaps, it is this very longing that Varun hopes to inspire in the hearts of his buyers.
Varun Bahl’s Dream Nouveau ’17 collection