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AIFW Masaba: ‘I’m half black, grown up with dreadlocks’

The young and bold Masaba Gupta brings dreadlocks on the ramp despite being aware of the recent controversy that Marc Jacobs got into for having done something similar

Pictures: Raunak Shrivastava 


Masaba women, embracing deadlocks

“Whatever that you see on the ramp is an artist’s way of expression. People can like it or not like it, it’s upto them. As far as I am concerned, I am half black myself. So, dreadlocks are the hair that I’ve grown up with. They’re just hair afterall,” says Masaba as a response to a question on the locks, after the show. As part of the many special aspects that Masaba’s show had, one being Athiya Shetty walking as the show stopper, the boldness of the designer is one thing that never fails to come across.

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Athiya Shetty for Masaba

The much-awaited collection by the designer is inspired by the lifestyle of New York in the 80s. She brought the New York-ish vibe on the runway as her models stomped on live jazz music. Her outfits, which she says can be worn ‘anywhere’, are a vibrant mix of oversized jackets on modern dresses, bomber jackets over saris, quirky print dresses and everything that adds to the idea of a progressive Indian woman.

The ‘print machine’ that the label Masaba is, has extended its range of prints. Seen in the latest collection are prints of abstract Ganesha and another a lady’s caricature (that Masaba refers to as herself). One of all the prints this time has been extra special, however. As a token of reverence to her mentor Wendell Rodricks, one of the outfits has his portrait printed on it, and a Masaba bag that says ‘To Sir, with love’ written on it.


The one with Wendell’s caricature on it and the bag with the dedicated message Image Source: Facebook

Feel the retro vibe through the pictures below:-


A monochrome outfit sporting the prints of a woman’s caricature


Can you spot the abstract Ganesha print here?



Closing the show; Masaba Gupta and Athiya Shetty

Kudos Masaba!

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