As someone whose first brush with fashion started at a very young age, Anisha Misra has come a long way as she prepares for the launch of her inaugural collection ‘Antiquity Revived’ on the 17th of April. We speak to her just ahead of it and find out how she got started.
In conversation with Nupur Jaisinghani.
WHY DID YOU TAKE UP FASHION? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My first brush with fashion began when I was quite young, in primary school, I would fill up pages of art books with sketches of women in evening gowns (back then mostly inspired by the fairy tales I loved). Despite this, my love for science took me to Newcastle University, where I completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, and Masters in Public Health. However, despite my desire to carry out Public Health work in India, my passion got the better of me and led me to Milan, where I formally studied Fashion Design at the Istituto di Moda Burgo. I still have plans on saving profits to open healthcare facilities in India in the future, but for now my main focus is my brand.
DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS. WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
I usually like to create a mood board based on a theme that fascinates me; be it a city, a time in history, art, etc. I look for inspirational images and add them to my mood board. This keeps the collection focused on the theme.
I draw inspiration from a lot of things like art, history, historical clothing and jewellery, and architecture- these always get my imagination going. I take inspiration from these to create garments that can be worn by the modern, fashionable, confident woman of today. I love exploring fabrics and textiles from around the world. They really inspire new collections.
YOUR THOUGHTS ON DUBAI AND ITS FASHION SCENE?
Growing up in Dubai, I would see a lot of local women in their Abayas and Jalabiyas. Whilst being modest and sober, these really had a femininity to them. The way they flowed, and their revolution over the years. Abayas today can be worn by anyone. They’re elegant, light, like the Dubai version of the Kimono cover up – a lot classier.
Dubai reflects a lot of luxury, modernity and edge. Yet, there still is a balance of classic luxury and modernity in the essence of Dubai, and that definitely reflects onto the city’s fashion scene, and even my own personal style and designs.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR NEWEST COLLECTION
‘Antiquity Revived’ takes inspiration from different facets of my life. As a child, I was always fascinated by my parent’s glamorous photographs of their travels around the world wearing regal clothes, so that was part of my inspiration. Apart from that – my Indian background, my time growing up here in the Middle East seeing local women wearing beautiful flowing Abayas, my travels around Asia and Europe, and my love for historical textiles, architecture and antiques have inspired this collection.
This collection is created for a woman who carries herself like a work of art, who is fashionable, elegant, graceful, yet powerful.
FASHION ICON TODAY IN YOUR OPINION? WHO WOULD LOVE TO SEE WEARING YOUR DESIGNS?
If I had to pick one, it would be Miroslava Duma, the fashion editor of Vogue Russia. Her style is so effortless, chic and always stunning.
FLASH FORWARD A DECADE; WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
To be established as the go-to brand that creates high-fashion, classy, unique and wearable pieces, and to be recognised as a brand that represents the Dubai fashion scene internationally.