For our spring 2015 collection, we shine the spotlight on our very young Indian designer Rimzim Dadu, an uber talented global high street master of apparel, as she sits down with Porte Mode to share her story and the aesthetic behind her label My Village in #PMPeople.
PM: Your collections have intricate workmanship and reimagined fabrics – tell us more about your design journey and how you manage to rethink the most ubiquitous materials such as leather?
RD: My design process begins with exploring new materials. I love to play with fabric, breaking it into smaller fragments and piecing it back together. For example, if you look closely at the FW14 leather patola pieces and the new SS15 leather floral design pieces, they are actually made by first breaking down leather into leather cords and then assembling the leather cords back together.
PM: Your clothes are akin to pieces of art – do you think they can be worn by all women? What would your advice be to women who might be intimidated by the level of sophistication of your clothes?
RD: Absolutely! I feel my clothes can be worn by everyone. They may be very fine in terms of the work gone into them, but they’re very easy to wear. ‘My Village’ clothes don’t require the wearer to be perfectly styled with perfect hair/make-up/shoes. There’s a certain sense of nonchalance about them.
PM: You have traveled the world – which is the one city besides Delhi that you feel equally at home in?
RD: New York! It has this insane energy that’s hard to not fall in love with and keeps me going back every time!
PM: Porte Mode is showcasing a capsule of your most iconic pieces from the SS15 collection – what do you hope American women take away from your collection?
RD: Our faux leather dye sequin pieces. They are my favorite pieces in this collection!
PM: What is the biggest challenge for you personally as a designer?
RD: The biggest challenge I face as a designer is to continue doing what I love without worrying about critical/commercial acclaim.
PM: Indian fashion has exploded on the international fashion stage – in your view, what comes next for Indian designers on the global front?
RD: The world is suddenly taking a huge interest in Indian fashion and textiles. India has such a beautiful and vast heritage of textiles and our biggest strength is our incredibly skilled labor force. I feel the rise of Indian fashion on a global front has just begun and there’s a lot still to come.
PM: What is the one piece that best reflects your label’s style aesthetic completely? (side note – one piece that is currently featured on Porte Mode)
RD: The blue herringbone skirt. Each piece of faux leather is hand dyed and hand sewn to meticulously move from a lighter shade of blue to a darker one. It’s crazy hard work to get it right!
PM: Who is the “My Village” woman?
RD: Someone who loves experimental hand-crafted luxury, who embraces her imperfections and is effortless in her dressing.
PM: Who are some other emerging, international designers you admire?
RD: Iris Van Herpen and Thakoon (not sure if you can call them emerging though!)
PM: What are your 3 favorite pieces on Porte Mode (besides your own)?
RD: Sneha Arora’s Branches Print Shirt Dress, Pankaj & Nidhi’s Tamy Dress, Jarret’s Contrast Wool Coat