Manish Arora, direct from Paris

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In an Australian first, Artisans of Fashion — a social enterprise that aims to connect India’s traditional textile artisans, who are referred to as one of the world’s most marginalised people — brought eminent Indian fashion designer Manish Arora, direct from the Paris runways to Sydney.

Artisans of Fashion hosted a media event on 25 October at the Park Hyatt against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

At the event, Manish Arora showcased his latest collection at an Indian summer gala dinner hosted by the Taj Foundation at The Star.

Australians will be the first outside Paris to see his current collection — an exotic blend of India’s true essence and contemporary art and fashion, inspired by the myriad aesthetic layers of India, from its opulent embroideries to its intricate craftsmanship in architecture and ornamentation.

“Sydney Harbour is a stunning backdrop blessed with natural beauty, a perfect inspiration — we belong together. What better way than to celebrate my latest collection with Artisans of Fashion here in Sydney,” said Manish Arora.

During his stay in Sydney, the designer met with notable Australian designers Anna and Luke Sales from the eclectic label Romance Was Born, to discuss a future collaboration on an upcoming collection. The designer also met with The Woolmark Company as he may be collaborating with them on a campaign to be launched in India in March.

Manish Arora’s trip to Australia highlights Sydney’s role as Australia’s home of arts, culture and design. It expresses the unique craftsmanship of India’s artisans, and also recognises Sydney-based designers utilising these Indian resources to produce their designs, creating unique collections.

Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Destination NSW, said, “Sydney’s stunning harbour provides a magnificent backdrop to see some of Manish Arora’s ornate and wonderful collections. The sparkling water and endless blue skies showcase beautiful fabrics and designs from such an important Indian designer.”

Artisans of Fashion works towards connecting a dynamic and global fashion industry with traditional textile artisans in rural India, through educating and facilitating relationships between the designers and artisans.

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