For some reason, Shilpa Chavan of Little Shilpa doesn’t get the kind of love she deserves. Going by her website, perhaps it’s because her real passion appears to be installation art rather than design art, but that just makes her lack of fame even more baffling to me. I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be living in the Age of Indian Art or something?
She’s done headpieces for virtually every Indian designer of note and quite a few fashion houses abroad as well, but it’s not the kind of thing the fashionable ladies of Delhi or Mumbai can wear to a wedding to impress their friends with, is it?
Yup, milliners have it rough in India. Mentor and UK design-artist Phillip Treacy creates “hat sculptures” for Camilla Parker-Bowles and Sarah Jessica Parker (let’s not have any equestrian-fashion jokes today – I’m feeling kind); Shilpa designs for the Miss India pageant.
And we know what those are like.
Note: Click on pics for more. Top pic links to a really good article about Indian arts-and-crafts start-ups. Tons more pics of the installations as well as the collections at the Little Shilpa website.