Delicate hand embroidery on a wool-rich collection remains Rahul Mishra’s forte, presenting his AW15 ready-to-wear collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week.
Inspired by the remote Indian villages he knows from his childhood, along with the woolgrowing properties of Australia, Mishra unveiled a delicate collection with a colour palette ranging from white, beige and blush through to midnight blue and black.
Sheer silk organza panelling fused with Merino wool jersey and felt highlights the fibre’s trans-seasonal properties, and allows Mishra’s AW15 collection to travel seasons and climates, a step forward in producing slow fashion.
“This collection is a soul-searching endeavour and creates a graphical sketchbook of images of a village I grew up in,” explains Mishra. “The village, with an ecosystem that offers equilibrium between man and nature - of peaceful and sustainable coexistence.
“The collection encapsulates the balanced existence of nature and mankind, traditional and modern, and brings to life finest fibres, weaves and craft techniques, practiced in villages across the world.”
After winning the 2014 International Woolmark Prize, Mishra travelled to Australia later that year to visit the source of so much of his inspiration - Merino wool - visiting a woolgrowing property in Gurrundah NSW and exploring the natural environment of Merino sheep. The rolling hills of the farm, with wind turbines sitting up high, are represented on a selection of Mishra’s clothes through intricate embroidery dotting sweaters, dresses, coats and skirts. And through all his travels and experiences, Mishra continues to collect stories and tells them through his fashion.
“Itʼs important to keep your passion alive. Craftsmanship is not like any profession, it’s not just about making money, it gives you passion and that is the magic of fashion.”