The greatness of the Bhagwat Gita inspires me: Prashant Verma

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 13:14 PM IST

Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for that which is inevitable- Bhagwat Gita.

Working under international names like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Christian Dior, hasn’t deterred Prashant Verma from exploring the Indian heritage and culture. Having being influenced by Gita so much, Prashant imbibed the teachings in his collection. Exploring the mysteries of life and death through detailed prints in his garments, Prashant had wanted to showcase his collection for a long time, infact ever since his trip to Himalayas, a trip which changed it all.

The award winning designer this time explores the mysteries of life and death and the holy Bhagwat Gita. In a free-wheeling chat, Prashant Verma shares his thoughts on fashion and his source of inspiration behind his collection for this year’s Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week with Kakoli Sengupta.

Q: You have worked around the world and under veterans in Fashion, but you are so tied to the Indian roots. What in Indian do you get inspired from in particular?

Prashant: When I was at NIFT, that is the time I started reading Gita. Then I traveled to Himalays, the trip gave me a completely new perspective. What I find beautiful is the greatness. The human greatness, the geographical greatness, the greatness of civilization…The Himalayan mountain range grows taller day by day on its own. That greatness I want to imbibe in my work.

Q: What in Gita do you admire the most?

Prashant: Gita delivers a powerful message and that message is the moment when Krishna speaks to Arjuna . He talks of meaning of life, of mans relation to the world and to the universe, about detachment and oneness.

Q: How have you imbibed Gita in your creations?

Prashant: In my humble way I expressed the beauty through 12 pieces, emphasis being on detailed printing , prints of lotus pond becoming clouds , mountains breaking into galaxies., the sea bed of snakes.

Q: After working under so many designers, who is your favourite?

Prashant: Alexander McQueen.