By Shikha Kumar
When Delhi-based designer Rahul Mishra bagged the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) at Milan Fashion Week in February, the Indian fashion world raised a toast. More celebrations were in order when a documentary by Anthony Lau Dream Weavers was screened at Taj Lands End on Thursday evening. The 25-minute documentary chronicles the journey of five designers, who were in the running for the prize until Mishra was declared the winner .It depicts the work ethics, anxieties and aspirations of the designers.
It was shot across Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, New York, Hong Kong, Australia, London and Milan. “Anthony Lau is known for making films for international fashion houses like Chanel and Prada.To be a part of this experience was an honour,” said Mishra. Lau shot in extreme heat in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh for the film. As the documentary drew to a close, an emotional Mishra said, “As a child, I wasn’t fascinated by clothes but I enjoyed doing something artistic. I always enjoyed my grandma’s storytelling sessions, and today I realise that I don’t just sell clothes, but tell stories through my creations.”
The screening was attended by popular fashionistas including Sonam Kapoor, Sona Mohapatra and Kalki Koechlin. Kapoor, dressed in a pastel floral sari and an embellished backless blouse, spoke about being fascinated with her mother’s embroidered, antique fabrics while growing up. Mishra plans to screen the film in Delhi in the near future.