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“I’m a monk myself, fashion is my religion”- Designer Madhu Verma.   Interview with Madhu Verma  

Interview with Madhu Verma, the man behind the brand ‘MONK’ 

A Hyderabad based young designer, Madhu Verma, beholds emotions’ and stores them with his forte of designing. He treats a human as a human, learns everyday and says it is learning that keeps him going successfully. His calculations about designing are rather different and take you to a new edge of fashion designing.

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work 

Before am aware whether a thing called fashion designing do exist under the sky, I fell in love with clothes. My love for clothes started when I was a kid and it is the passion that always guided me to look for it. My life is bound to meet fashion designing and hence the designer in me transcended a stylist in me.

2. Who/what inspired you to come into this field?

I guess there is no particular thing that has its magic over me to become what am today but I could say television shows during 80s mark unique sense of fashion where artists were seen decking up in ensembles that had different cuts and silhouettes. Their dresses with huge puffs, jackets with high shoulders and collars impressed me well. Alongside, I’m more fascinated by Michael Jackson’s flashy attire.

 3. Who are your favourite designers and why?

Many influential labels including world’s prestigious label Christian Dior was seen changing with times but label by Carl Lagerfeld has remained a gem of the fashion industry as the designer is adapt at buoying his integral idea for fashion till date. His creativity and work abilities are admirable. His ideas still aid to forecast fashion trends. Alongside him, I also admire Alexander Mcqueen and John Galliano on the international graph and when it comes to India, Tarun Tahiliani and Gaurav Gupta are my favourite.

 4. What’s your favourite area of designing?

The label Monk is known for the aesthetic Indian attire whereas my strength lies in designing western clothes despite in India people’s love is entrenched in ethnic wear. I try to pull off the beauty underlies in the western wear and apply it to traditional wear. For me, silhouettes are way more important than embroideries, works or the bright color combinations.

5. How does the label monk has been started?

My creations are an ode to human emotions. Immensely fascinated by spiritual ideas and philosophy of India, I started depicting the same on my creations. I call myself as a monk and fashion is my religion. On the whole, the label got the name as a version of me. I tremendously influenced by the soul of India, culture, diversity and emotions and express them in the form of colors.

6. What advice will you give to young girls and boys who want to pursue their career in fashion designing?

Fashion designing is a glamorous and colorful world but not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of things to focus! A fashion designer has to cope with million things to spurn up the route for a particular design, there are strict deadlines to meet, in few cases he even needs to forget about his personal life and sometimes it feels like jaded but trust me it’s extremely interesting and fun to be in this fascinating world.

7. How would you define your personal style?

I’m a deep rooted Indian and my personal style signifies the Indian sensitivities. Although the silhouettes are crafted with the inspiration from western, the color palette and fabric of the ensembles always sticks to desi India.

8. Currently what are the collections you are working on?

Given Indian fabrics like chanderis the contemporary silhouette structure and Indian detailing, we came up with a breezy collection of dresses, skirts, maxis and long dresses for summer and showcased on the line ‘MADBOB’ which I and my friend Poppy started together. Right after, overcoats, long dresses, short dresses and trench coats were racked up in the color black for the Halloween season.

9. What are some lessons you learnt since you started out designing?

People think one can sail over fashion designing world with good amounts of creativity and designing skills but despite the term fashion designing merely signifies designing clothes, it takes a lot including managing skills, marketing skills, convincing skills and more to sustain as a successful fashion designer in this cut-throat competition field.

10. Where do you get the inspiration when you thought to come up with next collection?

Art is something that evokes the creative senses in me and brews new ideas for any collection I do. Listening to music, keenly observing paints and sculptures, and trying to figure out the integral idea of them lets me stumble up on the emotions behind them and somewhere some emotion I get connect to and  sometime from then my mind instinctively able to exude my version of creativity.

11. Would you like to contribute any style tip to our readers?

Everyone has their own style and it’s necessary to identify yours to make a difference in the world. Today people are running after fashion but style speaks more than fashion. Fashion changes with time but style is eternal and it is what sets you apart. So break away the monotony of sticking to one side of fashion and try experimenting a lot and a lot to discover your personal style.

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Interview With Fashion Designer Rama Rrebbapragada

She loves fashion, irresistible about clothes, fancy about designing, creates magic and offers happiness. Well, who is she? She is Rama Rrebbapragada, a Hyderabad based fashion designer who armed the glory to create fantastic designs with a touch of simplicity. There is a lot more to get know about her, check here!

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1. Since how long you have been designing and what inspired you to enter into this field?

Since 15 long years I have been into this endless glee generating fashion designing world with a good customer base who are fond of my designs.

Fashion more or less get connects to people who can’t move without it, that could be from any way. When it’s about fashion a twin word passion comes along the way for me every time and I love getting struck with designs and clothes round the clock. It’s Absolute passion for duds and partly sartorial choices of MrsIndira Gandhi poised me all together to wake up with a dream of becoming ‘fashion designer’.

2. Share something about your background

Though I did my B.Com and CA articles, love for Fashion designing was always there in me. I know it’s a whole new world as I didn’t  get trained on it but the grit and gut feel made me to receive consent from my parents and then I have got the taste of success from my first exhibition conducted in Jaipur and the rest is what you are seeing now.

3. Do you confront any setbacks in reaching this position?

In the initial stage while stepping towards designing with out any former training, like many people I also confronted some backlashes in finding where to get the proper materials from and how every material acts likewise.  Well, of-course transcending them was a choice of winning.

4. How do you stay up to date regarding trends?

I’m a big tv buff! I watch every new movie that hit theaters and tends to catch up with daily television serials that directly or indirectly helps me to keep up with the trends. Magazines are power houses of inspiration. Also observing people and how they are inclining to trends gives me a flow. Though it is not my stint to replicate any one else’s design, I get boosted up with the new creations comes out with underlying note called ‘trends’.

5. How would you describe your design style?

Women in Rama’s creations grabs’ people attention with great color combinations and elegant designs. She won’t be too sophisticated but looks classy even in a simple creation as every design is made out from best of the quality fabrics.

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6. Which skills make a fashion designer successful?

A fashion designer has to have multiple facets as designing alone can’t makes him niche in the industry. He/she should be good at managing people, adapt at developing good network, agile at mixing colors and majorly, obsessed with fashion.

7. Which things give you inspiration while creating designs?

Starting from the earth to sky, everything in this world inspires me depending up on the time and context. I have the habit of watching different types of birds crossing my residence while taking sip from my coffee mug, the way they live and care for each other immensely captivates me and unleashes some creative corners of my mind. If you see, birds take a good count in my collections.

8. Describe a typical day in your life as a fashion designer and a person

I begin my day waking up early which follows doing yoga and before the clock chimes 10.30 I reach my studio and start designing or passing suggestions on how a design has to come out. Organizing which designs have to be done, sourcing materials and going in person to get the material that suits best to a design all takes my day in a beautiful way.

9. What has been your biggest professional success?

If a person is doing what he/she loves to do, every single day ends up with success. “I’m doing what I’m passionate about and making my clientele happy with finest designs I create, and what else could make a person feel successful other than getting compliments and support from the customers?

10. What is fashion in your perspective?

Fashion allows you to show what you are to the world, indeed it’s an extension of ourselves. I believe fashion is form a respect that we give for ourselves, for our clothes and for our lives. On the whole it’s a blessing we received in our lives!

11. Would you like to contribute any style tip to our readers? 

Fashion has to be something that complies with one’s own comfort levels. Giving a dramatic change to your wardrobe erases fashion statement that you might have been carrying since years. So, do not take a leap in sudden, experiment with your conventional choices and slowly stumble in the attire you like to wear. Also, before wearing attire one should have to remember whether a particular costume works for her or not, keeping the celebrity guide aside.

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Fashion Designer Mamatha Tulluri’s Interview

While the world is running after shimmery designs, she fell in love with handlooms… when her father says it’s good to be with her professional life of dentistry, she couldn’t able to control her desire to create designs….like a roller coaster ride, Fashion Designer Mamatha Tulluri’s life has many ups and downs that lets us connect, share and think about. With that said, let’s see a lot you must not know about this handlooms, cotton and organic materials obsessed designer in this interview with fashionvu.com.

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1. Who/what inspired you to dive into this field?
My fashion designing journey started with an immense interest towards hand looms and latent desire to create new like my mother. Designing my own attire to serving an extensive range of creations to people across many areas is a radical shift from 6 years of dentistry. Fashion designing always inspires me day by day. Though I was a dentist my love for fashion never went down, gradually I started listening to my heart and the rest is what you can see now.

2. What is fashion in your perspective?
You don’t need to turn the way shimmering with the bling embraced attire while you’re walking down the road on the name of fashion. Confidence is the biggest weapon everyone ever have to strike down any fear, strut to let your inner-self roar and be a master in carrying anything with greater levels of confidence that is even called as ‘just’.

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3. What is your passion?
I love to do what I love and designing is something that has been entrenched in every nerve of mine since I come to know it’s reigning my thoughts. I’m inevitably passionate about designing hand-looms and how to make them beautiful.

4. What would one thing about a design catches your attention?

The world today mostly look for ostentatious dressing that is heavy and colorful but in my case it takes an opposite turn, I’m fond of dull drapes that have the innate nature of being dull and Matt. Browns, greys and other shades despite called as muted colors, they are my love and I gaze at designs that are born with such.

5. How do you stay up to date regarding trends?
I have had never touched the hot button ‘trends’. It’s not my notion of staying update to trends and paying heed to someone’s designs where as I own my personal dictionary for designing clothes that is independent of trends. It’s all about what hits the mind for the time and that is what you see on my creations.

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6. What has been your biggest professional success?
I had started my designing journey with some very basic elements and today more than 50 people are employed through Mamatha Tulluri Design studio, it’s my true pleasure to help people, which I feel like a real success. Alongside my clientele is always happy with the designs they wear from Mamatha Tulluri Design studio.
7. Which skills make a fashion designer successful?
A designer has to be confident with what he/she is doing and imminent to deliver. Good knowledge at work and staying focused are two other major aspects a designer needs to possess for a great career ahead.

8. Where do you see yourself after 5 years?
Today I’m living the life of a happy and successful fashion designer which I dreamt to have. I’m doing what I’m passionate about. I’m not predicting anything for my future and happy for what I’m now.

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9. What are your greatest strengths?
My dad, mom, my husband, friends and my clientele are my biggest strengths and their role is quite big enough in my life. Their foster is abundant, without which I wouldn’t have achieved this.

10. Describe a typical day in your life as a fashion designer
Though am not a person who falls into the early to bed and early to rise department, I organize things to do Surya namaskara for atleast 20 minutes in every morning followed by offering prayer for goddess Durga. I decorate Durga maa with a variety of attire and flowers, I love doing it. Rest of the day? Duds, designs, lots of thoughts and meeting clients.

Would you like to contribute any style tip to our readers?
Keep your duds simple, subtle and make sure they look great with the topping of your confidence.

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