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Saturday 26 April 2014

Your Clothes tell a story!

You first date outfit, your breakup outfit, the outfit you ripped the first time you got laid,the outfit you wore to impress your crush,your graduation outfit, prom outfit.........

Open your closet and take a look at your current collection, open your drawer and see what you got in there, go to the store room and attic and take out your old and used clothes. What do they say top you? 

For the most of you they would be something that you no more can fit in or something that is not in fashion anymore, something which is not relevant anymore. Your old clothes mean nothing to you after a point of time. You don't see anything in them. 

But if you look closer you will find that each garment has a different story to tell. For me my old clothes are like the evidence of my personal archaeology, my personal development. It tells me what I was, what I tried to become, What I wanted to be and What I have become now. If I put all my clothes together, I will be able to write a story. 

Gifts from my mom on my 18th birthday, shirt that my grandfather gave me on my first holy communion ceremony, that sweater from my sister which she bought for me when I was not working and had no money, garments that my friends gifted me for farewell...etc etc etc......

Outfits from the time I was really fat and was trying to lose weight desperately. The t-shirts that I bought when I was traveling across Europe to keep them as souvenirs. They will forever remind me of the great time I had.

My mom has kept my clothes from when I was a toddler because they remind her of my baby days and how she felt like the happiest mother seeing her baby talk his first step. 

My sister has kept her wedding dress intact because it reminds her of her special day, a journey from being a girl to a woman to a wife. 

Women also keep their maternity clothes to remind themselves of the journey towards motherhood. 

So whether our memories are good or bad, there are sentiments attached to out garments. It reminds us of our past. It's a personal history which we do not feel like letting go of. This connection makes our clothes possession and which makes it an asset.   

These clothes are a memories which once was our present and now its an artifact. Sometimes you also see clothes of people who you would probably never meet like your great grand parents but knowing that the garment belongs to your blood family immediately provides a tangible connection to a moment in their life, a sense of intimacy.  

Now, coming to what I am wearing. It took a lot of courage to finally do a photo shoot in this outfit as in India things like this are not very well taken by the mass at large but I finally grew balls to reveal it. Someone's gotta take the first step rite? So here is my shirt which is inspired by the dynamic duo Nikhil Thakkar and Ada Zaniton, owners of Ada+Nik collection.

"Ada+Nik is a rebellious British dark matter menswear brand, by Ada Zandition and Nik Thakkar. The creativity-lead brand entered the world in June 2013 at London collections:Men via a global announcement on WWD and then shortly after the initial launch was herald in publications from GQ to the BBC news and leading fashion blogs to style magazines. Described by the Evening Standards as "the most refreshing new menswear line to emerge in recent years:.new dark matter menswear brand  Ada+Nik launched with a Greco-Roman Punk inspired SS14 capsule collection". 

Click here to see the collection. I could not afford to buy one so decided to get the shirt done here in India from a this fabulous tailor I know. When I can I sure will order it from the U.K. 

Check out Nikhil Thakkar wearing the shirt himself- 

Now, coming to the pictures of me. I very luckily met this brand new, very fresh on the scene fashion photographer called "Hemant" who found my bizarre dressing sense very interesting to capture and offered me to go shoot with him. Hemant owns a very cozy studio and has a website (lanterncamera.com) of his own to show his work to the world at large............Click here to see.  

There is one thing I am very particular about, that is friendly photographers because if the photographer does not make me feel comfortable then I do give my best and the result comes out sad but to my surprise Hemant turned out to be the one you could just sit and chill out with without having to worry much about. You can see in the pictures for yourself. I don't look that bad ha? (wink)