Poonam Bhagat to design for French opera

New Delhi: Ace Indian fashion designer Poonam Bhagat is all set to design the garments for a French opera `Lalla Rookh` at New York.

Bhagat, who is an avid traveller and derives inspiration from her the places she has visited, said she has designed 23 garments for the French art form.

"I am going to an opera in New York on January 26 next year. I am designing for a French opera which is being staged and produced by Kennedy Center in Washington and Lincoln centre in New York. The company is called Opera Ladayette and I am designing costumes for their Opera called Lalla Rookh," she said.

As soon as the designer is done with the fashion week, she said she would devote all her time to prepare the costumes for the the four-day long opera.

"It is an Oriental romance by Thomas Moore, published in 1817. The title is taken from the name of the heroine of the frame tale, the daughter of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The work consists of four narrative poems with a connecting tale in prose," she added.

The designer showcased her Spring/Summer 2013 collection on the opening day of WLIFW which was inspired by the vivid world of Central Asian Suzanis especially from the regions of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent.

"Suzanis are vibrantly embroidered fabrics which were traditionally handcrafted by the brides of those region as part of their dowry. It derives its name from the Persian word `Suzan` which means needle," she said.

The collection was an extension of her visit to Central Asia in 2002 for a show where she saw asymmetrical gowns, kaftans and hand-woven jumpsuits in a colour palette of black and red.


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