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Global Designer Spotlight: Kolkata


Kallol Datta 1955

Kallol Datta 1955



This self-described “magpie” of Indian fashion has taken the fashion scene by storm!


By:  Paromita Naidu

(special to Ramp1885.com)

Vancouver,  Canada


Designer, Kallol Datta of  Kallol Datta 1955,  is drawn to the dark side.


His inspirations:


“As a person, I gravitate towards concepts of putrefaction, transmigration etc., and to the works of artists who’ve dealt with the aforementioned topics. When in design mode, it remains the same”. His love all things unconventional and brooding has led Datta to an almost ANTI-fashion take on fashion. And as a result receiving rave reviews along the way.


Kallol Datta 1955

Kallol Datta 1955


His core aesthetic:


“Bling- free, Bling- less, Bling to death and the likes. Shiny objects distract me. Though details in garments are important, for me the shape and form of the piece hold more importance”.


This seems to be a very common thread with Bengali designers- like Sabysachi, Aki Narula, Anamika Khanna, etc.


These designers all believe that to be well-dressed at Delhi and Mumbai’s best cocktail parties, you have to be wearing not glittery Western-inspired tube dresses and leggings, but khadi – the simple homespun weave that was championed by Gandhi in the 1930s to boost the rural economy and give India a sense of nationalist pride during the fight for independence.


Kallol Datta 1955

Kallol Datta 1955


Homespun fabrics, like khadi for example — have too long been viewed as the poor man’s fabric, when in fact they are refined, sophisticated, eco-friendly and comfortable.


Datta graduated in Fashion Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India and followed it up with a Womenswear degree from Central St. Martins, London 2006. And it shows.


Photography courtesy of  http://kalloldatta1955.blogspot.com/




*Paromita is a fashon hunter and designer with her Vancouver-based luxury clothing collection Lotus Eye. This former Bharata Natayam dancer, who performed at the Vancouver Olympics, is busy taking Indian designs in a new forward-thinking direction.  Connecting her fashion, dance and academic background, she designs with Canada and Calcutta (Kolkata) in her heart. 


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