She is the most respected designer wear brand in India. Her bringing together of traditional Indian craftsmanship and contemporary nuances is distinguished till this day. She started with all of four hand block-printers and two tables in a small village near Kolkata way back in 1969. Today, she has a retail presence of 55 stores across the country. The story of Ritu Kumar is something which will fill the hearts of budding fashion lovers to enthusiasts.
Some artists come with a unique sense of vision. Ritu Kumar has shown seasoned creative styling by using Indian motifs, prints and embroideries and western silhouettes, which make her collection truly high fashion material.
About Ritu Kumar:
Recipient of Padma Shri in 2013, Ritu Kumar has had a solid background in art history and museology. The ace designer spent her childhood in the serene mountains of Simla. Thereafter, she went to Delhi for her higher education where she met her future life partner. Her parents conditioned her to become independent unlike some parents in the ‘60s who were against educating their daughters. Says the fashion designer “My parents and grandparents were highly educated and believed in imparting it, too. My father was very ambitious for me academically, so I could discuss careers with him, whereas my mother and I shared a great emotional bond.”
Ritu Kumar Biography:
Knowing Ritu Kumar Biography and Collections is a case study in itself – how she started off on a meagre note and how today she is the Queen of fashion.
|Ritu Kumar birthday||11th November 1944 (75 years)|
|Place of Birth||Amritsar, Punjab|
|Education||-Graduation from Lady Irwin College (Delhi) in 1964.
-Scholarship from Briarcliff College (New York) where she studied Art History.
Upon return to India, the reputed fashion designer studied Museology at the Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art (part of the University of Calcutta).
|Ritu Kumar Husband||Shashi Kumar|
What attracted Ritu to her husband Shashi? Smiles the designer and says “Was it love at first sight? I don’t think so. It took a while. He lived in Calcutta and was in the family business. I guess what attracted me towards him was his sophistication and our mutual interest in books.”
Children: Two sons – Ashvin (elder) and Amrish (younger).
Ritu Kumar Collection is four decades rich and counting. Isn’t it phenomenal? Her mentorship and understanding of the fashion dynamics in textiles is mind-blowing. Her first book – Costumes and Textiles of Royal India published by Christies in Oct 1999 shows her fascination for writing. Let’s start browsing through some of the loveliest creations of ‘Couture Rani’ as RK is fondly called.
1. Ritu Kumar Sarees:
Luxe vibes and head-turning embroidery, color and print greet you as you pick up Ritu Kumar Sarees. They give you the combined effect of traditional classics and contemporary elements.
Here is Vidya Balan dressed in Ritu Kumar sarees while promoting her film Tumhari Sulu.
This crimson red-handcrafted Ritu Kumar saree is a stunner with its eye-catching ikat print on it. Made from banana fibre, this elegant-looking saree cares for the environment as well.
2. Ritu Kumar Bridal Collection:
If you want a Maharani look in your bridal attire, trust Ritu Kumar bridal collection to deliver the timeless experience. The colors, artistry, and workmanship she infuses in a bridal collection makes it so rich-looking, you might just want to wear it for your everyday wear.
Here is the very beautiful Dia Mirza looking stunning in a Ritu Kumar bridal collection – a marigold yellow anarkali suit done in chanderi fabric. The fuschia color odhni made the ensemble a delight to watch.
The multichromatic shades in a single dress make Ritu Kumar collection 2018 more inspiring – whether it is a wedding lehenga, sari or a wedding gown. This makes it wearable at several occasions after the wedding.
3. Ritu Kumar Bridal Lehenga:
Designs from Ritu Kumar have some of the best components needed to give you a fabulous bridal look. Whether it is embroidery work or embellishments, choli cuts or flares, you will be served the Moon when buying any of her bridal outfit.
Film star Aditi Rai Hydari looks heavenly in this embroidered bridal lehenga of Ritu Kumar. The red and saffron color lehenga has been presented in silk satin fabric. The intricate hand zardozi work in gold thread brings alive the floral designs. The same zardozi work is seen on the deep round neck blouse. The dupatta has heavy work along its borders. Price: INR 199,500.
Bridal lehenga featuring multi-panelled brocade in aubergine, fuchsia, emerald and deep rose. The rich borders bring alive the saga of royal costumes of Jaipur. Net dupatta and choli with pearl embroidery and antique gold complete the outfit appeal.
So these were some of the signature designs of Ritu Kumar dress for you. Wish to own one or all of them or do you already have a piece of her craftsmanship in your wardrobe? Write in and tell us.
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