India Couture Week 2021: Universal Love by Gaurav Gupta

While living in the middle of a pandemic the only emotion that drives us is love. For the India Couture Week 2021, Gaurav Gupta Couture 2021/22 bring out a film presentation titled ‘Universal Love’ that expands on the movement that ‘Name is Love’. Read ahead

With this couture presentation the designer strives to bring perception to the dialogue surrounding sexualities, gender fluidity, boundaries and identities because there is always a reason to keep celebrating love in all its forms, ages, sizes, shapes and colours. 

Inspired by the ‘Universe’, Gaurav Gupta Couture 2021/22  brings out the very essence of the cosmos, the millions of stars, the axis and the movement of all planets; sprinkling and spiraling in infinite loops of time, meteoric showers and racing comets inspire abstract galactic embroideries and silhouettes.

The collection exudes  a sense of expanse and grandeur of the cosmos. All done to strive -perfect harmony and love. And the garments are – or so they say – are shamelessly glittering and glamorously star like.

A gown in Neptune blue, with embroidery strokes that look like comets flying, and the structure having an endless rhythmic quality. A concept lehenga sculpted in cosmic grey, embellished with sprinkles of shaded glass in blue and gunmetal. A hybrid Indian gown in asteroid pink with a large multi layered skirt and rainshower patterned embroidery.  A cosmic violet gown with fan-like structures giving a sense of movement and rhythm for a futuristic princess.

The film shot at the ‘Mirror of the Sky’- Taj Faluknama, merges a modern lifestyle with ancient heritage. This architectural gem reflects the passion it was built with, where each element exudes obsession with various global cultures.

Gaurav Gupta Man – even bolder and sexier this year comes in stark black & white, night teal and Neptune blue. Lines run across jackets forming new constellations. Sharp metallic accents meticulously sculpted on velvet tuxedos and exaggerated flared trousers give flight to the edit. 

Gaurav Gupta Couture

Silhouettes : Big Ball Gowns, Slithering Slim Gowns, Short Party Dresses, Hybrid Lehengas & Concept Saree Gowns  

Colours : Space Grey, Neptune Blue , Asteroid Pink, Cosmic Violet, Saturn Gold 

Fabric : Silk Crepe, Organza, Silk Dupion, Silk Georgettes ,Tulle 

Gaurav Gupta Man 

Silhouettes: Tuxedos, Bandhgalas, Jackets, Flared Trousers

Colours: Black, White, Night Teal, Neptune Blue

Fabric: Velvet, Egyptian Cotton, Wool


The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in association with Hindustan Times has scheduled the second, digital edition of the India Couture Week 2021 from August 23-29, 2021.  The 14th edition of the event is witnessing interesting themes by the country’s 19 couturiers – Amit Aggarwal, Amit GT, Anamika Khanna, Anju Modi, Ashima Leena, Dolly J, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gaurav Gupta, Kunal Rawal, Manish Malhotra, Pankaj & Nidhi, Rahul Mishra, Reynu Taandon, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Shantanu & Nikhil, Siddartha Tytler, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. The couturiers fashion films will be streamed on all the FDCI’s digital platforms —- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and FDCI website. 

FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi says,  “We have some of the finest names this year and they have come up with the most out-of-the-box narratives to create a visual treat for the audience. I wish them the best for this exciting journey ahead.”









Picture Credit: FDCI , Gaurav Gupta

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