Design, fashion, crafts and architecture

The stylistic expression in Indian design is usually very sumptuous. It varies across the country and is related to local culture and religion. In that sense the style is quite similar to art.

 
“Design thinking allows one to invent a future that is desired” – Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of Design for Change
Design for change
In 2011, the ‘Design to Improve Life’ Index Award in the 'Work Category' was given to the two Indian designers Kiran Bir Sethi and Pranay Desai. Their ‘Design for Change’ movement impacted 25 million children in 2011, aiming at making children see themselves as ‘change-makers’.
Video: The Index Award ceremony





Creations of the acclaimed Delhi-based fashion designer Prashant Verma are shown in Copenhagen at Arken in autumn 2012. Prashant Verma is a graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology who set up his own label in 2006. The following year he was featured amongst the 60 eminent new Indians in India Today (October 2007), and was called the “most significant debuts of 2008” in Delhi Times (31 December 2007).
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Ritu Kumar is one of India’s most prominent fashion designers. Her collection includes everything from swimwear to formal evening gowns. Kumar, born in 1944, has designed clothes for international celebrities such as Princess Diana. She has won many awards for her design. In 2002 she launched a new brand called Label which is designed for modern women. She wrote the book Costumes and Textiles of Royal India and has recently opened departments in America.
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