New Delhi: Amit Aggarwal had long endeavoured to bring in a new age of Indian bridal couture and establishing a distinct identity by engineering in innovative designs inspired by nature’s awe-inspiring forms; while effortlessly combining our country’s rich textile heritage and his commitment to environmental sustainability. With a collection that embodies all of his beliefs and design sensibilities and a show that left the audiences completely mesmerised, the designer opened the 12th edition of India Couture Week.
At a virtual reality, he experienced titled, ‘We Live in An Ocean of Air’ where the invisible connection between plant and human is revealed through breath. Amit Aggarwal experienced how the air we breathe travelled and uniquely illuminated every framework of the body. Bringing to light the wonderful architecture of the human and plant anatomy, his couture collection, ‘LUMEN’ celebrated that unique light that illuminates us and makes us the individuals that we are.
Taking cues from this experience, the collection drew its inspiration from organic structures of the human body that exchanged invisible energy through an overlay of framework, fluidity and form. The framework of the garment was created with layers of recycled polymer understructures, the fluidity came through the illusionary movement of textiles that created forms that came to life through the intricate motifs and embroideries. A series of weightless gossamer tulle lace, organzas were meticulously hand-embroidered and rendered with structural frameworks to bio-mimic the details of the human and plant anatomy. This was explored by a range of hand-done three-dimensional embroideries in various organic angular forms and motifs to give our textiles a unique visual and tactile quality.