A desire to design
|June 11, 2012||Posted by Shehla Rashid under Fashion, Kashmir, Shehla Rashid in Print|
With the launch of Kashmir’s first designer clothing store at Raj Bagh, Zubair Kirmani, a Delhi-based Kashmiri designer, has made his entry into this blue ocean market of the valley. He has been nominated for the Woolmark International Prize. He speaks to Shehla Rashid about his motivation, vision and future plans.
KL: What inspired you to take up Fashion designing as a career which is a rather rare profession in this part of the world? ZK: When I was young, it was really difficult to convince one’s parents, even oneself, about fashion designing as a career even though I had a dream to be a designer during school. Now, I think things have changed drastically and parents are more understanding. Back in those days, we had access only to a few fashion magazines through which you could get exposure to fashion. But even then, I was into fabric painting: I’d paint Chinar leaves on my own Tee shirts.