Tarun Tahiliani’s Artisanal Couture is a tale of exquisite magic

Indian bridal couturier, designer Tarun Tahiliani presented his Artisanal Couture Collection at the FDCI India Couture Week 2021. The collection is an ensemble of a six beautifully stunning six discrete capsule collections, each of which showcases his brand’s signature ‘India Modern’ design aesthetic. 

Each of these smaller capsule collections – Chikankari, Pichwai, Rangrez, Cocktail Goddess, Pakeezagi and Bridal – that make up the larger ICW show have unique techniques, story and designs that appeal to the label’s audience. With his ICW 2021 couture collection, the designer provides a variety of beautiful designs that women can choose from. It also showcases Tarun’s vision of the 2021 weddings, highlighting the label’s bridal-wear, festive-wear and ready-to-wear lines. Each collection has a unique technique, story and designs that appeal to the label’s audience.

As with any of Tarun Tahiliani’s other collections, for ICW 2021, the focus is on exquisite hand-craftsmanship and a continuation of Tarun’s 25 years of work with the country’s artisans. The look is contemporary, where Indian techniques, embroideries and textiles are used in modern ways. Through his creations, Tarun has always aimed to provide relevant design work to the craftsmen that he works with, with the hope that this keeps their stories, livelihood and Indian culture alive. 

The latest couture collection is a celebration of colour leading from the Rangrez capsule, where thousands of meters of woven brocade strips are cut out and applied on different forms. The bridal collection is presented in a sublime palette of colours ranging from traditional bridal reds to contemporary TT pastels and beiges that have been the mainstay of many of the brand’s recent collections.

The label’s Pichwai collection this season takes inspiration from the ancient Indian lyrical paintings from Rajasthan that depict big monochromatic scenes of the Raasleela and our traditional motifs from peacocks to cows to lotuses. Finally, the collection’s Chikankari capsule is reminiscent of the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah in Agra, whose latticed carvings and inlay work form the basis of the collection’s Chikankari motifs

The designer has played with different shapes and cuts of blouses that feature embellishments and textures in mirror jadau work, jaalis or dorigota patti, pearls, sequins, cut dana and lifted resham flowers, along with embroideries such as aari, Zardozi, dori embroidery, and much more. Additionally, the collection features Tarun’s signature draped garments, which have become one of the mainstays of the studio because of Tarun’s love for the traditional draping techniques, which have now taken it to new heights, with structured draping that can be worn with ease of a zipper

The collection comprises stunning lehengas, shararas, concept sarees, kurtas, choli capes, coats, skirts, and more in fabrics such as organza brocade, tulle brocade, moonga silk brocade and sheer silk, tulle, novelty crinkle. This collection also features accessories, such as bags, shoes, belts and more to coordinate with.

Check out more by Tarun Tahiliani at : https://www.taruntahiliani.com/

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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.”

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Pictures : FDCI, Tarun Tahiliani

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