Reception on Rahul Mishra’s debut at Paris Haute Couture Week [fr]

Ambassador of France to India, Mr Emmanuel Lenain, hosts reception to fête Rahul Mishra’s debut as guest member at Paris Haute Couture Week.

New Delhi, 18 February 2020

The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, today hosted a reception at the Résidence de France to celebrate Rahul Mishra’s debut as guest member at the Haute Couture Week in Paris.

With the Who’s Who of the Delhi fashion and art world in attendance, Rahul Mishra showcased a selection from “Home”, the collection he very recently presented at the Paris Haute Couture Week. The 2014 International Woolmark Prize awardee was accompanied by his spouse, Divya.

The creator of “Impressionist poetry” through Indian weaves and hand embroidery was particularly acknowledged for his commitment to “slow fashion” or ethical and sustainable fashion.

Felicitating Rahul Mishra on this prestigious accolade, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said, “Your latest collection “Home” espouses the cause of ecology and sustainable development – a cause that France holds very dear. President Emmanuel Macron has, in fact, spearheaded a great initiative to promote sustainable fashion. Our modes of production and our modes of consumption must evolve so that our planet can remain inhabitable. And it is this issue that you have decided to tackle by offering a different perspective on the encounter between Nature, fashion and luxury.”

Speech by H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India

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Dear Rahul, Dear Divya,

It is a great pleasure for Géraldine and me to welcome you to the Residence of France.

Four years ago, you had showcased your creations right here, in this very room, in this residence that welcomes you as its own.

Since then, you have made such giant strides that an Indian weekly has anointed you designer of the decade. That’s a great honour, but also a great responsibility. And a sense of responsibility is something that you possess in great measure – as I will explain in a while.

Dear Rahul, Paris loves you, France loves you, and you return our love, because many of your designs have been photographed in Paris. Our Minister of Culture, whom you met during his recent visit to India, had the opportunity to congratulate you personally, right here mere weeks ago.

I must say, with all due modesty, that your designs blend amazingly well in the architectural universe of Paris.

Your outstanding work was recognized by the Paris Haute Couture Week, which invited you to present your work just a month ago. This impressive accolade, which has earned you the cachet of the greatest designers of the world – just 16 to date – you owe to your immense talent and personality. It is said that you are more than a designer – you are a philosopher, a storyteller, an aesthete. But you are above all a gifted and humble couturier – two qualities that do not always go hand in hand!

Geraldine and I received you ahead of your departure for Paris. You told us about your rise – both swift and stunning – in the fashion world, first in India and then internationally.

As we speak of celebrated Indian haut couturiers attached to France, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to Wendell Rodricks, who left our midst but a few days ago (12th February). He had longstanding ties with our country, where he attended fashion design courses and was invited to the Paris prêt-à-porter salon back in 2007. It may be recalled that he was conferred the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres’ (Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters in 2015) for his tireless efforts to showcase Goa and revive its traditional weaves through his work. He was also a designer engagé who championed eco-friendly fashion.

Which brings me back to you, Rahul. I mentioned earlier that you are a responsible man. Your latest collection “Home” espouses the cause of ecology and sustainable development. This is a cause that France holds very dear. The President of the French Republic has, in fact, spearheaded a great initiative to promote sustainable fashion. Our modes of production and our modes of consumption must evolve so that our planet can remain inhabitable. And it is this issue that you have decided to tackle by offering a different perspective on the encounter between Nature, fashion and luxury.

You accomplish this thanks to your team of craftspeople, whom you lead with much passion, and to whom – as you’ve told me with your characteristic humility - you owe everything. To these dedicated Indian women and men who are the repository of age-old traditions and skills, who work with unmatched finesse. On which note, I hope to have the opportunity of visiting your studio soon.

Dear Rahul, today you are offering us several of the creations that the Parisian public admired just a few weeks ago. This is an honour for us and we are delighted to be able to celebrate your work with your friends, our friends from the fashion world, this evening. You can count on me and my teams for supporting you in your ventures.

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