AT 23, Moet Brar may come across as one of the youngest costume designers and fashion stylists in the Hindi film industry, but one look at his work and age is pushed back to just another number.
In Chandigarh for a workshop with the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) students on the intricacies of fashion and design, Brar said either one ‘has fashion sense in them or not’.
Three-and-a-half years in Bollywood and Chandigarh born Brar is already a favourite with the Tinsel town. After getting a break by styling Jacqueline Fernandes for Elle magazine shoot, Brar, with his sharp sense of design and colours and his French signature style of jackets and buttoned up shirts, climbed the ropes and bagged Ranbir Kapoor, Dia Mirza and Aditya Roy Kapoor as his clients. He also styled American singer Katy Perry, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Sonam Kapoor and others.
Brar knew he was meant to do styling ever since he was a kid, styling Barbie dolls, drawing sketches of models in high heels, and later watching the models at Vogue magazine in London.
Armed with a degree from Wimbledon College of Arts, London, he chose to fly to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood and as fate would have it, made it.
As he looks forward to the release of Tamasha, Brar talks about working on Ranbir’s look in the film and researching for a period drama for the Yash Raj banner. “Well, that project is still a hush hush, but all I can say is that I’ve been travelling to Rajasthan and this amazing library of costume design books in London to research on the look and study the Rajputana way of dressing and living,” said Brar, who refuses to Google anything in the name of research and prefers to travel and discover on his own.
Meanwhile, Tamasha, which releases this November, is not the first film he has styled Ranbir for. There was the ruffian look in Besharam and the rugged, mysterious look in Roy. Where Besharam gave the men’s world of fashion a shabby chic look to carry, Roy made the winter beanie cap, the leather jackets and chinos a huge favourite.
“With Tamasha, I’ve played with lot of colours for one part of Ranbir’s character’s life, and then there is a regular, office going look in the other part,” he said.
He is, in the same breath, brutally honest about not rating these projects as challenging enough for him.
“This is what I am good at. It’s not challenging as much as it’s hard work and engrossing,” said Brar, referring to the intense prep that goes in creating various styles and look books, understanding the script, the director’s vision, the character’s demands, the story’s curve.
“Ideas and looks are run by the actors and director and then one is chosen after weeks and months of deliberation,” said Brar, always looking for experimentation and inspirations.
As a designer, he has presented his designs at the India Runway Week, Spring Summer 2015, Assam Couture Week 2015 and will showcase his Autumn Winter designs at South Africa Fashion Week under his own label Moet Brar.