THE term “global citizen” would be a perfect introduction to Sanchita Ajjampur. The fashion designer, who works out of Bangalore, Milan, Paris and London, is being honoured with the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The Order of the Star of Italy or The Ordine della Stella d’Italia was instituted by the Italian government in 1947 to “recognise expatriates and foreigners who made an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of Italy after World War II”. It was later modified to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in “preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad”. “I am privileged to receive this prestigious accolade by Italy, a place that not only was the starting point for my career but also home for many years,” the designer has said in an official release.
Mumbai-born Ajjampur, who moved to Europe when she was three, has been honoured for her work both as a fashion designer and an entrepreneur. Educated in Vienna and the UK, Ajjampur studied arts in Paris and earned her fashion degree at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne. She completed a post-graduation in Fashion and Technology from Domus Academy in Milan in 1990 and went on to work with iconic brands such as Romeo Gigli, Moschino and Gucci under creative direction of Tom Ford.
In a career spanning almost two decades, she has been a consultant for brands such as Etro, Missoni and Marni in Italy, in addition to luxury fashion houses such as Lanvin (Paris) and Alexander McQueen. “Through my close ties with both the Italian and Indian fashion industries,
I am involved with the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce (IICCI) where I acted as chairperson for several years and to date remain a board member to facilitate business and cultural links between the two nations,” reads Ajjampur’s statement.
Her signature label Sanchita made a debut at Lakme Fashion Week in 2007. It is a reflection of the designer’s globetrotting and global fashion acumen. Her Spring-Summer 2016 collection has an unmistakable nomadic spirit. “It is influenced by abstract impasto paintings, graffiti and contemporary patchwork,” says Ajjampur.
The designer recently launched her brand of footwear and ready-to-wear apparel across the world. The label is present in stores such as Harvey Nichols (UK), Saks Fifth Avenue, Intermix (US), On Peddar (Hong Kong) and Galeries Lafayette (Beijing), among other.
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