27 September, 2020

Italy Of The Orient

Bright colours, culture, adaptability. What is it about India?

Italy Of The Orient
Like many in the West, I think of India as an exotic place, full of colour and life. I think of the light, the way bright fabrics and embroidery are put on display and how the multi-coloured spices in the markets brighten up even a regular shopping trip. For me, India is full of bustle and positive energy, an exciting place which stimulates me creatively and spiritually.

India is dynamic, and where culture is concerned, India offers us in the West familiar art forms like music and movies but with a completely different interpretation—as in Bollywood films and popular music. This is very exciting for me. I love music and film, so I love to see a fresh and different approach to them.

I went to India for the first time last year. It was for a TV show called Lakme Fashion House in Mumbai, which was a kind of competition. I was invited to be a judge and to award the winner with an internship at Versace in Milan. What was extraordinary about the trip was that quite often when you visit new places you have a certain image of those places...


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