25 September, 2020

Six Stitches

Calcutta's rich cultural tradition has raised a hot breed of designers

Swapan Nayak
Six Stitches
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In the early ’80s, six designers from Antwerp—Walter Van Beirendenck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee—travelled to London and Paris and took the fashion scene there by storm. Their inventive styling coupled with the impeccable craftsmanship of Belgium's fashion industry suddenly put this ancient city of diamond merchants on Europe's fashion radar, and earned the designers the title of the 'Antwerp Six'.

Closer home, something similar is happening in Calcutta. After Sabyasachi Mukherjee so brilliantly presented the Calcutta aesthetic to the Indian fashion industry, shockingly draped in the ribald colours of Sonagachi (Calcutta's red light district), the city has turned into a hotbed for talented and internationally sought-after fashion designers. In the last five years, it has churned out more couturists than firebrand Leftists. And that's where our story of the Calcutta Six begins.

Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Shantanu Goenka, Dev and Nil and Abhishek Datta...
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