Designer Debuts Fusion Haute Couture Line
Up-and-coming fashion designer Christine Preetha Philip debuted Chuchu Couture, her high-end haute couture collection at a runway show, on November 16 at Decatur Holiday Inn Select's Grand Ballroom. The fashion show, which took place in conjunction with Emory University's Indian Cultural Exchange Diwali Program, showcased over 20 of Christine's evening gown designs to an audience numbering close to 500 people.
Philip's collection was characterized by a unique amalgamation of avant-garde European cuts melded seamlessly with beautiful traditional Indian fabrics.
Philip, adorned in a chic red gown embroidered with an ornate gold brocade design, was greeted with a bouquet of flowers from her models and a standing ovation from an inspired audience.
When asked to describe the Chuchu Couture collection, students and professors' responses ranged from "simply gorgeous" to "elegance defined".
Philip hopes that her collection will re-invent the way others view conventional Indian garb. "I would like for my designs to inspire confidence in others, especially Indian women, that they can dress fashionably without sacrificing or undermining the beauty of tradition Indian attire. Indian garments are beautiful but are also unfortunately victim to the culture's stubborn resistance to western fashion influences ? it is simply my hope to show those most defiant to change that the injection of new ideas doesn't necessitate the elimination of customary Indian trends." Toward that end, Philip's fusion techniques enabled her to capture the vogue and panache of Western haute couture's passionate attention to detail without sacrificing the rich elegance of conventional Indian garments.
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