A firm believer in Gita. Lord Krishna Devotee. Literature Graduate. British Vogue Stylist. Face of various International Fashion Weeks. The first one to start the Gay Parade in the Pink City. This Jaipur boy in his mid-twenties has added many feathers to his cap at such a young age.
Read about the inspiring journey…
From being an English Literature student to being a blogger, model and now a stylist at British Vogue. Tell us about your journey.
Since childhood, I was an avid reader and choosing English Literature in my graduation was a natural progression. Literature helped me hone my skills of writing and by becoming a blogger, these words became my armour to fight my battle in the real world. In my literature books, the character-sketches of the women and men from different eras always intrigued me into knowing more about fashion. Fascinated by art of clothing and mannerism, I decided to be a stylist with the aim of setting new standards for generation today while still keeping the ‘Indian’ element intact to my style.
Who’s your role model?
None other than the gorgeous Rekha! She has created her own style statement while reviving the silk fabric in the fashion industry. With the elegance and grace, she carries her Kanjeevarams, it simply takes my breath away!
Royalty in the air of the city where you grew up and it definitely reflects in your style. How do you manage to pull off the unconventional look?
What we call ‘unconventional’ now was once worn by the men of the nation with elan. There is no denying that we are highly influenced by the Western, but eventually we left a lot behind, in terms of fashion. For instance, dhoti, instead of pants, was worn by the men and I felt that there was a dire need to remind the world the same. The Pink City is to be ‘blamed’ for my eccentric fashion sense as the vibrance with class has been inherited from the royal city.
I have been immensely blessed by Lord Krishna as I got a chance to grow up in a city where the style icon Rajmata Maharani Gayatri Devi resided.
One wardrobe staple you can’t live without.
I’ll choose two. Jewelry by Parul Poddar and Silks by Gaurang.
Who do you think are the best- dressed women in the country? Which type of women would you love to dress up?
Well, in our country I like the Literature Professors for their choice of colors and fabrics. They have been the first love for many of us.
I would like to dress up any woman who personifies grace and elegance. Like Meryl Streep and she will be titled further as “Devi Wears Prada”. *laughs*
You think people have molded the definition of “feminism” according to their own convenience. What’s your take on it?
Feminism is the most maneuvered term today. Unfortunately, the new definitions are mere reflections of perceptions which differ for individuals. Most importantly they are based on experiences we have had in our lives.
I believe feminism is a movement that establishes gender equality in Society. Our society needs to treat individuals as humans before they look at any other binary to define their identity. Why shall one conform to society and its bifurcations or to the experience of one to be taken as the experience of all? The common problem and solution that we have is of gender inequality and establishing equality respectively. There are several artists, like my brother Jainish Vig contributing in their best capacities to change the mindsets.
This International Women’s Day, what is the one advice you would like to give to the women out there?
This International Women’s day I would want all ladies to tell themselves that you are the “Shakti” and you are the ones who have the power to create the beautiful. Let this world be a reflection of your creation … that may be a painting, music, food, or relationships to anything random made out of waste. Let us celebrate the creation itself, Shakti – the women.
This fashionista from Jaipur took every stereotypical comments and criticism of the society with elan. With every negative feedback he got, he bejeweled his I-will-never-give-up jacket and now all he wears is style and shine. This Women’s Day, celebrate who you are and dare to speak your mind.
Happy Women’s Day!
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