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Fashion is art
Kiran Uttam Ghosh strikes a pose amidst markin toiles of her autumn-winter 2009-10 silhouettes set in plaster of Paris and painted over in a framed installation with bridal lehngas in bunches. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

Fashion & I

I have always thought of myself as a creative being — heart and soul but I didn’t know then what manifestation it would take, whether I would be a creative photographer, tailor or window dresser. The one thing that I knew was that I would be a part of the creative world. I am happiest when I am creative, it is what drives me. Probably that’s why I’ve designed collections with Kohlapuri wedges, multisized box bags, the bread roll clutches — totally non-commercial but so much fun. Who knew I would end up a creative darzi!?

Art in Life 2009 continues at CIMA till September 24. Drop in for the new range of home artefacts, masks and more. Pictures by Bishwarup Dutta

Over the past 15 years, I’ve acquired certain beliefs — one of them being you don’t have to be dressed head to toe in designer. You can work with one designer item and put together the rest of the look from your existing wardrobe. It may even be a totally rasta T-shirt or pyjamas. For example, a Kiran Uttam Ghosh jacket with a basic white tee and blue jeans or a malmal salwar. You don’t have to be in KUG top, bottom, dupatta... My client brings her individuality to it, which is so much more fun. The beauty of the idea is that the wearer has a chance to be creative too, and what we create together is greater than the sum of its parts.

Fashion is art

Fashion is Art. Isn’t that the reason for me being at CIMA? Fashion meets art in my life very often. When I am having a dinner at home, I use a dupatta draped over my sofa to indulge my guests. I use the word ‘indulge’ because it is an exchange of pleasure. I am indulging my visitor with a dupatta that is an abstraction of the process of creativity, into art for that moment. And what else is fashion and art? It is visual alchemy that happens. For example, I take fabric, give it my imagination and make it more than maybe the viewer would have imagined on his own. And that’s exactly what an artist does, isn’t it? Takes his paint and brush, puts it to a blank canvas to create art. Whether anyone likes it or not is irrelevant. Despite similarities, fashion and art are two separate worlds. There are divisions but the process is similar, whether one is a painter, artist or sculptor. They all use a medium and imagination and what emerges is so much more. An installation at CIMA feels like bringing art home. For me, this installation gives fashion another dimension.


I am not espousing on art, it is my fashion in an art gallery — this is magical. I take pride in that I have been offered a chance to set up an installation and bring fashion to where it belongs, in an art gallery. Whether one likes it or hates the art, that’s fine with me, that’s just personal taste. Tomorrow I am back at my desk, doing my job, tailoring and delivering clothes but today is a creative soul’s moment out of time.

KUG creations in CIMA

Crushed shirts in bright hues like coral, orange and candy pink

Cowled kaftans

Pleated and crushed saris

Jersey tunics

Handpainted kaftans

Patchwork cholis

Kurtas, jackets, waistcoats and more…

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