I love using color: Fashion designer Abhishek Dutta

Abhishek Dutta is already a glittering star on Kolkata’s fashion firmament. A science graduate, who received his fashion technology degree from Wigan & Leigh College, Kolkata, Abhishek has already earned accolades galore.

Photography: Shiladitya dutta

After receiving the most creative design award at his graduation show Entr’acte99 Abhishek went on to bagged the award at the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards (SIFA) in 1999. He designed clothes for the Femina Miss India 2001.

He was launched internationally when he was invited as the only Indian designer to showcase at Bali fashion week in 2005 followed by Asia fashion week in 2006 and 2007 respectivly.

This designer had more treasures stored away in his cache an soon a collection was showcase internationally in Jakarta (Indonesia), Malyasia, London ,Singapore, LA and Dubai. He has been also a part of the Wills India fashion week and Lakme India fashion week for last 6years and Kolkata Fashion Week.

Photography: Shiladitya dutta

He has got his credibility in dressing up some of the stars like Raima, Riya, Konkona, Neha Dhupia, Giesele Montrio, Jacqueline etc in Bollywood feternity who has been his loyal admirers of his work and working with some of the best directors like Aparna sen and Rituparno ghosh.  

Abhishek Dutta’s conversation with fashion Journalist Saif Rahman Sozib are as follows:

1.When did you first discover that you wanted to be a fashion designer?

It’s actually by accident …I was a science student throughout my schoollife and sat for out entrance too but incidentally didn’t qualify that year…though my artistic skills were always good since my family beyond to the art sector….and my mom happen to get a form of this fashion college so I thought of giving it a try but within 3monthes I knew this is the profession I really want to excel in and from there the journey starts with the most creative designer award at the graduating show followed by the Smirnoff international fashion award.though the fashion industry in India that time was just in it’s nasant stage but I thankfully got the rt opportunity to launch my brand.

Model: Raima Sen Dev Varma
Photography: Tathagata Ghosh

2. How would you describe your designs?

my design philosophy is always rooted to our heritage but with cutting edge shilleoutes. I love using Indian weaves and give them more futuristic cuts.my brand is a sustainable brand and we have been using only natural fibres and eco friendly materials to produce the clothes.

3. what are your favourite materials to work?

i love working with handlooms specially linens and I have an inclination towards grundge so leather.

4. How important is color to tour design process?

color is definitely a very important and I love using colour since it gives an identity to a brand and specially if u are showcasing internationally then if talks about ur origin too.

Model: Raima Sen Dev Varma
Photography: Tathagata Ghosh

5. How did your knowledge of color theory change the way you think about design?

the colour theory change with the collection or inspiration am working with and at the same time creates an signature of the designer.

6. who or what is your biggest inspiration? 

life has been the biggest inspiration…small little things in my life I observed sometime become the biggest inspiration for my collection …things which u might miss out daily mondane life.

Model: Riya Sen Dev Varma
Photography: Tathagata Ghosh

7. what is the biggest risk you ever took with a design?

biggest difficult to say but I have always been taking risk in my collection starting from the first one when I did a science fiction inspired wearable technology art (ur 2000 when wearable technology was non existent)which won me an award to showcasing models with hijab in lakemfashion week 2009, to models as manequins cover in complete black for wills India fashion week, anti pollution masks for Lakme fashion week  and until recently creating a brand made my the prisoners who we actually trained in the Indian prisons.i love challenges and taking risks

Model: Riya Sen Dev Varma
Photography: Tathagata Ghosh

8. what are you working on now ?any new designs you can hint at?  

i am working on a very interesting collection as well as launching a new brand called parole made by the inmates of collection home.this is first of its kind in India where we have trained around 50inmates at Presidency Correctional home who are now stitching and manufacturing an unique brand.primarily western and indowestern ware with handwoven linen denim, various quirky prints , powerdressing and fusion wear for all ages.this brand is a way to reformation the prisoners by imparting skills and giving them a better life.

Photography: Shiladitya dutta

Along with this we are working on the fall winter line of my own brand which is quite dark and grundge looking too.

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