STYLE

Rohit Khosla, Vanguard, by Rohini Khosla, Amanda Johnston. Art Books Intl Ltd.

Rohit Khosla Was India’s Greatest Designer, But He Never Got To Know It

The mere mention of his name leads to many evocative memories. That of an unbelievably handsome man who could have well played a cameo in a Hollywood starrer. That of a great designer who everyone recognizes as the founder of the modern Indian couture movement. That of a creative soul who was gone too soon, leaving his imprint on every fashion professional’s mind forever. So much so that 22 years later even a 20-year-old student of design will never ask, “Rohit Khosla? Who’s he?”

Unpeeling The History Of The Blouse

In the 19th century, many women did not cover their torso in southern India, while some went bare-breasted under their saris in Bengal. Even a hundred years later from then, Jnanadanandini Debi, the wife of Satyendranath Tagore, was refused entry to clubs run by the British in India, for covering her breasts with her sari alone.
Miniya Chatterji

How Indian Style Set European Scarves Aflutter

Indian-style drapes and motifs have been a major influence on European scarves, even though this love was not returned. In the 1930s, many French couturiers such as Grès and Rochas began to be profoundly influenced by the Indian style of draping unstitched cloth, in part because of the international fashion expositions that took place at that time in Europe.