Style Spotlight: South Asian Designers at Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week shines the spotlight on local and international designers on the cusp of making big internationally. We have our eyes on two such designers: Taran Cheema from Vancouver, and veteran Indian designer Shravan Kumar.

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Vancouver-based Taran Cheema has a strong eye for colour, graphics, and mix media. The Parsons grad caught our eye in 2013 with her thesis collection, first seen at the Parsons 560 Exhibition and the Parsons Benefit Gala in New York City, followed by a showing at Vancouver Fashion Week SS2014. Her new collection called “Desh” takes inspiration from the socio-political struggle between human rights organizations and global companies, which was highlighted after the collapse of Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. See Taran Cheema at Vancouver Fashion Week SS2015 on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m.

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Shravan Kumar began is fashion design story 18 years ago when he emerged from Hyderabad. A research-driven designer, he is best known for his revival and reinvention of eco-friendly fabrics, taking inspiration from ethnic Indian designs. He is committed to promoting handicrafts and workmanship from rural India by showcasing work and providing employment opportunities. Each year, he Shravan also participates in an annual showcase of over 100 weaves from across India. The accomplished and sensitive designer also finds time to teach at the nation’s leading design institutes. See Shravan Kumar at Vancouver Fashion Week SS2015 on Thursday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m.

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Photography Courtesy Vancouver Fashion Week