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Agrima Batra

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The Designer
Born in Bombay and honed at the Parsons School of Design in New York, Agrima brings to you an enticing mix of exotic and bold clothes, opening the gates to a unique world of fashion. ‘For me, fashion has resided in my dolls and dollhouses, from my classroom to my fashion house, from materialising my dream of not only designing clothes, but also designing world dreams. So here I am, being an obedient heart bearer, simply following the orders of my heart to do what I truly love doing. To be a designer, philosopher and bespoke tailor,’ says Agrima. She received a scholarship from Parsons, was featured in US-based Creem Magazine and showcased her graduating collection to experts such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger among others. And now she is rather ecstatic for being chosen as a Gen Next Designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2016.

The Work
Whimsical in nature, Astraea is inspired by the goddess of stars. Her collection presents a unique three-dimensional patchwork that was employed using every single scrap of fabric. Agrima followed this pattern not only to satiate her urge to conserve and minimise wastage but also to increase her marginal profits. ‘What led me to this rather cosmic concept was a heightened sense of feeling utterly lost. A staunch believer in destiny, I left it to the stars to show me the way, and it was only then that I realised that when you do get lost, which is rather often, you will find solace in the realms of the starry skies,’ she says. Agrima has predominantly worked with Neoprene in this collection. Although the fabric is used widely for active wear, she has used it to create a collection to allow the customer to have it all movement and comfort. ‘I believe a woman should not be restricted by anything other than her soul, and hence I want her to be able to do whatever she wants to do, but in eternal style and comfort.’

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