Tag Archives: fashion

indian fashion…it’s all in the details…

Spectacular outfit worn by village girl at school…like i said, it’s all in the details, love the almost symmetry of the clothes, her pose and herself!:

P1240127 P1240128


goethe and t-shirts…

Lorenzo is an intern at the artists residency where i am currently working as artist on staff (am running the official blog here). He is still at school, is not afraid of scary groups of artists, can hold his own philosophically in a conversation, can quote Goethe, speaks good english, listens to the Smiths and knows who Ziggy Stardust is… a few more like him and maybe Italy has a fighting chance…anyway here is his t-shirt collection…



Wanted to write a little about the way kids dress especially village kids who have a bit more choice in what they can wear than the orphanage kids. A few days a week the kids can wear their own clothes and not the usual school uniform. Synthetic fibres are the textiles of choice which is strange as cotton is very cheap here…but synthetics have much brighter colours, they fade less and wash better. If you have a bit of cash you can plump for some nice silk but really…most females are in nylon…but i must admit, nylon or not am seduced by some of the beautiful prints as in the image below:

P1150262Twins Kavya Sri and Navya Sri wearing the most wonderful print punjabi tops..they kept moving and laughing…hence the blurriness…my absolute favourite outfit(s).

P1150294On the right in white and pink Teja is wearing a mazarkali, which has to have net sleeves and is more a dress than a top.

P1150980Mounika, Kavya sree and Teja – a trio of punjabi tops (the tops usually have waist high side slits.

P1160131Pravallika in black punjabi.

P1160133Jyothi is wearing a patiyala which typically has a shorter top and voluminous pants.

P1070050P1070052Fantastic shirts for boys made by the tailors at the orphanage.


radhika paints her sari…


Radhika is a maths and science teacher, she hand painted and stitched the jewels on this beautiful sari herself…

 P1140906 P1140907P1140904

…meanwhile Ganga, one of my students also hand painted his t-shirt:

P1140837Apparently the letters stand for (i think) Ninth Boys Student Force…love the drawing of the lion!

non classical florence…

Back in Italy, i go to Florence with a friend in search of non classical “culture”. Having co-designed a corporate museum for Ermenegildo Zegna, am always interested to see how others have done it. We visit the recently inaugurated Gucci Museum housed in the Palazzo di Mercanzia in the Piazza della Signoria.

A history of all objects Gucci through the ages, from the sublime to the downright ridiculous…Tediously, no photography is allowed so i go into clandestine (not so great) photo taking mode…

Yes that is a lamp made from gucci riding boots and an ashtray from a gucci watch motif…classy!