Amit Aggarwal, a pioneer in innovative textile crafts & structured design, will be showcasing his collection for the very first time at India Couture Week 2018.
Amit Aggarwal has long pioneered in engineering modern and innovative couture inspired by nature’s awe-inspiring forms, while seamlessly combining India’s rich textile heritage and our commitment to environmental sustainability.
In line with this vision, our Couture 2018 collection has been inspired by two wondrous natural phenomena, the formation of crystals at a molecular level and the enveloping of the metallic chrysalis around a butterfly cocoon. We’ve titled our collection Crystalis, a derivation of words crystal and chrysalis.
When molecules come together to form a highly ordered microscopic pattern, which then repeats itself infinitely, a crystal is formed. This phenomenon greatly resonates with our design process, one that’s centered on forging unique materials together to create singular design units and then repeating them to create complex patterns, textiles and embroideries.
The form and texture of our design elements too have been specifically designed to be sharp, angular and crystalline in appearance to reflect this core inspiration.
The metallic encasing that forms around the cocoon of a butterfly, the chrysalis, has been a formative aesthetic influence in this collection in equal measure. Our metallic and crystalline textiles sculpt, drape and travel in much the same way, eventually unravelling to reveal the elegant form of the female body.
Both concepts are bound at their very core by the idea of units, sometimes geometric and sometimes organic, coalescing together to form complex structural formations in our physical world.
Our color palette consisting of jewel tones of rose quartz, silver onyx, emerald, amethyst, topaz and sapphire, as well as metallic shades of rose gold, silver, pewter and light gold have been specifically tailored to bring the aforementioned concepts to life most accurately.
Experimental textiles, created using modern industrial materials applied through traditional Zardozi and Ari hand techniques, have been a hallmark of our couture designs.
For this collection, we have explored a range of hand done three-dimensional embroideries in various crystalline and bio mimicked forms and motifs to give our fabrics a unique visual and tactile quality.
We also embarked on an exciting collaboration with ‘Taani’ by Tanira Sethi to create one-of-a kind, engineered and embellished cashmere draped pieces for our Couture 2018 collection. These fabrics were meticulously woven in France using specialized machinery and subsequently embroidered and sculpted in partnership with textile designer Tanira Sethi at our studio to create innovatively draped couture pieces.
One of the most compelling stories in our Couture 2018 presentation has been our extensive silhouette exploration, morphing different aspects of traditional Indian and western couture shapes with each other and infusing them with structure and form. We have achieved this using a range of sophisticated cording, plisse and topstitched fabrications, laboriously designed and crafted in-house.
Sharply cut innovative patterns, that accentuate and enhance the female form, have been combined with incredibly sculptural yet agile fabrications that dramatically drape around the body, creating a new and inimitable couture language.
Our vision for showcasing our Couture 2018 collection titled ‘Crystalis’ at the India Couture Week has been brought to life in collaboration with some leading designers and artists from across the country. Outhouse has been at the forefront of creating contemporary jewellery inspired by various natural forms, both organic and geometric, using techniques employed to design fine jewellery. For Couture 2018, we collaborated with Outhouse in designing jewelry inspired by various complex crystalline structures and intricate organic forms such as that of the metallic chrysalis cocoon. All the jewellery pieces have been crafted using materials and metallic colours that lend effortlessly to our collection’s colour palette.
Each of our couture pieces have been teamed with footwear designed in collaboration with Nidhi Bhandari. A range of our textile techniques, from our signature polymer details to opulent bugle bead embellishments, have been employed to craft the shoes. Ultimately, helping us compose each of our couture looks to the final detail.