Fire Maiden

Fashion design student Kavita Sharma’s collection using a ‘burning technique’ finds her a spot in the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy | Published: June 21, 2012 12:14:18 am

Fashion design student Kavita Sharma’s collection using a ‘burning technique’ finds her a spot in the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week

As Kavita Sharma,a final year fashion design student at Chandigarh’s Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD),singes a piece of silk fabric with a red-hot safety pin,you realise the smell of burning silk is not as nauseating as it might seem. But it does require a lot of patience. “It wasn’t something I thought about for too long. I had an idea and decided to experiment with it,” says the 22-year-old. She is now readying for the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 to be held in Mumbai in August. Sharma is among the few designers chosen from a pool of 250 from across the country to showcase their collections in the ‘Gen Next’ category.

Working with silk and silk blends in cotton and jute fabrics,the young designer’s technique involves burning the raw edges of the fabric as well as creating motifs and scenes from her surroundings on the fabric. “I read in the Bhagwad Gita that the soul is imperishable and is never terminated. That’s the philosophy I wanted to showcase in my collection. Even after the fabric burns,something new is created,” explains Sharma.

Titled “It’s a beautiful life” Sharma’s collection of ten garments in all,has free-flowing silhouettes,styled mostly as one-piece dresses. The colour palette is earthy with muted brown,meadow green and yellow along with rust used on a predominantly ivory base. “It takes time to create a pattern on silk and one has to be careful not to ruin it,” says Sharma,who experimented with many fabrics before settling for silk. “Chiffon is also something I work with,” adds the designer. The burnt silk itself creates a contrast and the frayed edges present a raw but elegant look to the semi-formal collection. “Though I am from Kanpur,I am studying in Chandigarh and like the easy and free-flowing lifestyle of the people of this city. I deliberately opted for such silhouettes to express that element,” explains the soft-spoken student. Not restricting herself to just the burning technique,Sharma’s garments also highlight her use of appliqué work,pintucks and hand painting.

With her show slated for August 3,the fashion design student is being mentored by well-known designer Aki Narula,who will help Sharma style her collection for her debut run on the LFW ramp. “It’s all really exciting and surreal,” admits Sharma,who has already thought of a name for her label for the future. “Kavvi is what I have settled for,” spells out the designer looking to make a “burning” impression in the industry.

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