The Luxury in Fashion-“Raghavendra Rathore”
Raghavendra Rathore, alternatively Raghuvendra Rathore, is a noted fashion designer, costume designer, and entrepreneur from India. He is popular for his Brand India image which copyrighted his designs for Bandgala Jackets and Jodhpurs.He is also known for diversifying his business into interior design, jewelry, and multimedia. The luxurious and oppulent inspirations from the city, Jodhpur embody the ethos and grandeur of India's bygone era.
He studied in Jodhpur until the age of eight. After his school was bombed during the Indo-Pak war, he was sent off to the Mayo College boarding school in Ajmer, where he finished his intermediate schooling. Rathore disliked Indian universities, believing their environments could ″kill the pursuit of creativity″, so he went to study Anthropology and Robotics at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
He then studied Arts and Philosophy from Marlboro College in Vermont and went on to graduate from the Parsons School of Design, New York, in 1992.
After graduating from Parsons, Rathore went to work for Donna Karan as an assistant designer for DKNY. He then worked at the high design atelier of Oscar de la Renta.
After he returned to India in 1994, he started his own brand Rathore Jodhpur with an atelier in Jodhpur, and later expanded to Delhi. His designs mostly reflect the Rajasthan heritage; however, Jodhpuri Bandhgala, Jodhpuri Achkan, and Jackets are his typical designs. Rathore has also established retail stores in Hong Kong, Greece, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Goa.
In 2003, he started a new collection, Inde Pret, under the Rathore Jodhpur brand, selling it in select outlets in New Delhi. The collection included a variety of men's and women's wear. Rathore then began to expand his designs into children's clothing, jewelry, and iPhone software. In 2010, he designed a collection for Tanishq's Zoya diamond boutique called Gold of Narlai, with items such as bracelets, earrings, neck pieces, kundan, polki, and pendants.
In 2008, Rathore's show at India Fashion Week in Delhi won many positive acclaims. The collection was titled as Equestrian Renaissance and was inspired by the old-world ambiance where polo and panache flourished without constraints. The range included traditional long kurtas, bandgalas and jackets, pants, formal suits, shirts, kaftans, and skirts. All the garments were given a sporty while retaining the softness by limiting the palette to olive, mustard, cobalt blue, black, and white, yet coming out with some creative and unique color combinations.
He brought Jodhpurs and Bandgalas, two popular and fashion exports from India, to prominence; both styles gained iconic status and consequently promoted and preserved the heritage of Rajasthan culture. According to Forbes survey, Bandgala is the "most exquisite option of dressing up for both formal and semi-formal occasions". Rathore holds the copyrights on both the styles. In his own words: “The aim is not to stop other people's versions of the Jodhpurs or Bandgalas, but to authenticate ours as an original for archiving purposes as well as for students of fashion and design".
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