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Winchester School of Art

WSA alumna named as leading young Indian designer

Published: 7 August 2012

Winchester School of Art graduate Richa Aggarwal has been chosen as one of India’s next generation of designers and invited to exhibit her work at the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

According to the publicity for the show: "The soul of her latest collection lies in the colours and textures of the vibrant streets of India. Fabrics and patterns are juxtaposed to re-create a multi-layered experience. Simple silhouettes coupled with hand done surfaces create traditional feel as well as offer modern functionality. She aspires to blend the old with the new by rekindling the traditional Indian techniques of handlooms and handicrafts."

John Hopkins, Head of Department Fashion and Textiles at WSA remembers Richa as a modest but highly motivated individual: "I am very pleased to hear of Richa's success," he says. "She has built on her graduating collection at WSA to extend her theme further and celebrate the vibrant styles and ingenuity of streetwear that can be found in India. Richa was very good at visual research, collecting points of reference for her work and displayed considerable craftsmanship, carrying out her own dyeing and macramé and working with interesting materials including tarpaulins."

WSA will be presenting Richa with an outstanding alumni award later this year.

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organised by Lakmé, a leading cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and event organiser IMG. The Winter / Festive 2012 event was held in August at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai.


Art graduate Richa Aggarwa
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