Rahul Mishra, a young designer from Delhi who is known for his use of handloom fabrics and for eschewing bling, won the International Woolmark Prize for fashion design at Milan Fashion Week.
With a collection that focused on beautiful fabrics, geometric patterns and embroidery, Delhi-based designer Rahul Mishra beat out his competitors including Altuzarra from the USA and other designers who had won regional competitions in 2013. Each competitor used Merino wool in their creations for the $100,000 prize.
“I have always believed from the beginning of my career about sustainability; that is why sustainable luxury is the world for me,” Rahul Mishra said about his collection for the prize. “My idea is to create new jobs which help (people) in their own villages – I take work to them rather than calling them to work for me. If villages are stronger you will have a stronger country, a stronger nation, a stronger world. So my entire idea, my entire philosophy, revolves around that.”
The capsule collection presented during Milan Fashion Week will be sold internationally at Harvey Nichols and Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como and other high-end shops.
“For me, Rahul has won because of his ability to apply his knowledge of embroideries through wool, one of the most versatile fibres with originality in an unexpected way,” explained Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director and one of the competition judges.
We can’t wait to see what Rahul Mishra brings next and are so excited to see his pieces showcased around the world.
See Rahul Mishra‘s Winter 2013 collection from Lakme Fashion Week below:
Story By: Manjot Bains | Photographs via Rahul Mishra and Lakme Fashion Week