Fashion wasn’t a socialist concept

September 11, 2007

Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh gets candid about the fashion scene

He likes to keep it simple, his clothes, life, and almost everything else. But there’s something about Rajesh Pratap Singh that sets him apart from everyone else, and no, his love for the occult isn’t what you think it is!

“I am who I am, its too late to change now…plus the way I look at it, it’s all about making clothes’. Everything else is rubbish,” he shoots back sipping a black coffee when you ask him about all the other wine drinking-bottom pinching designer lot around him. “We’re not a circus for society women in the evening, we in fashion need to start taking ourselves seriously. The way things are right now, even our ministry doesn’t take us seriously.”

“I know it’s an insecure industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tough, we still have to work our butts off in our factories, but there is an impression that we as an industry have to battle,” Pratap goes on. “I’ve been trying to raise funds for my show in Paris, and everywhere I go, people say, you’re a designer, you’re rich, and I’m like hello…”

Wait-a-minute — Paris? “Yeah, I’ve been selling there for about three-three-and-a-half years now, and since we had to begin somewhere, we thought we’ll start at Paris next March, considering it’s a market I know. It’s really, really expensive. Paris has been doing fashion for a decade, we’re still just about getting there. We in India are zipping through but how old are we in terms of fashion? We started in the 80s!”

According to him, the problem is that we in India don’t take our designers seriously, “Why do you think Tarun has to go to an Italian manufacturer to get shoes for his show? Because an Indian design house wouldn’t do it – they’d make up a fictitious name like Peter England and market it rather than tie up with Indian designers — it’s retarded.”

However, ask him whether fashion at large lives in a sort of Utopia, untouched by realities of India and he agrees and disagrees, “Fashion has always been like that, when you walk out of the doors of a fashion week that’s how its always been — there is a stark contrast. Fashion was never a communist or socialist concept, it works on the ‘I have it, you don’t principle’… even in Russia, which is now the biggest fashion buyer now, not Paris anymore.”

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