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June 13, 2024

Interview: Minimalist masters Abraham and Thakore on ‘Body Language’

By Payel Majumdar Upreti
Known as ‘Masters of Minimalism’, designers David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore showcased their latest collection, ‘Body Language’ on October 12, on Sustainable Fashion Day at the upcoming edition of Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI in New Delhi. LuxeBook caught up with them recently with them to discuss their thought process and visions for the future.
Tell us about how your new collection is geared for the young urban Indian population.
We’ve taken into consideration the dynamic and fast-paced lifestyles of the current demographic and their desire for both style and practicality. The collection features contemporary designs that reflect the latest fashion trends. It draws inspiration from the cosmopolitan culture and eclectic tastes of urban India, offering a blend of traditional and modern elements. Our color palette, patterns, and silhouettes have been chosen to appeal to the youthful sensibilities of our target audience.
 How has the evolution in communication technology been incorporated in the Body Language collection? 
Fashion, like language, conveys subtle and explicit messages through clothing. We drew inspiration from various symbols and codes, celebrating human creativity and the desire for connection.
How is fashion a model for communication? 
Throughout our journey, we have held the steadfast conviction that fashion serves as a significant means of communication, much like language itself. The garments we wear have the remarkable capacity to transmit messages, both subtly and explicitly. Fashion, in its essence, is a form of expression that speaks volumes about our individuality, beliefs, and values.
What different materials, textures and silhouettes have you worked with? 
We have meticulously crafted textiles using various techniques such as ikat, block-printing, and brocades, utilizing both cotton and silk as our canvas. In our pursuit of elegance, we’ve harnessed the brilliance of sequins and intricate beadwork to fashion stunning evening wear.
Would you call this collection a signature Abraham and Thakore one, and why?
‘Body Language’ is certainly a signature Abraham and Thakore collection. It embodies the core principles that have defined our work throughout the years. The collection’s fusion of contrasting elements, the playfulness of combining formal and casual wear, and the exploration of language and communication within fashion all align with our design philosophy. It is a reflection of our commitment to breaking boundaries and offering unique, thought-provoking narratives, which have been integral to our brand identity.
What looks should we look out for in the collection? 
‘Body Language’ creatively delves into the core elements of language and timeless fashion, offering a whimsical reinterpretation of iconic garments like the classic white shirt, pants suit, and sari. This collection is an artistic endeavor that breaks through linguistic boundaries, using a black and white palette where numbers and alphabets harmoniously merge to craft a unique language. It showcases a striking blend of playful typography, intricately fashioned through techniques like ikat, ajrakh, brocades, badla, sequins, and precision laser-cut work.
Would you call this collection a wearable one?
Abraham & Thakore find joy in erasing the distinctions between formal and casual attire, reaffirming their commitment to breaking down boundaries. This collection encourages you to participate, contemplate, and establish connections.
What are you excited about in the fashion industry right now? 
 We are thrilled about the fashion industry’s increasing emphasis on sustainability and ethical practices. The growing awareness and commitment to reducing the environmental impact of fashion, promoting fair labor practices, and embracing circular fashion concepts are promising steps towards a more responsible and eco-friendly future for the industry.
It’s inspiring to see brands and designers championing these principles and making them an integral part of their work. This shift towards a more sustainable fashion landscape holds immense potential for positive change.

Payel Majumdar Upreti


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