Jaipur is truly blessed to be the hometown of this talented fashion designer, stylist, and a runway choreographer. Born on July 3, 1992, Karan Vig had completed his graduation in English literature from the University of West minster, London. Ever since then, he never looked back and he chased his passion for fashion which led to the birth of his label ‘Karan Vig Couture’.
With a bold style statement, Karan always looked gorgeous in his Indian dhothis, silk dupattas and heavy jewellery. His designs being ethnic, elegant, and exclusive, are inspired from Rajwadas. He advocates the use of handlooms for his designs, and is also an ardent fan of Indian sarees, or rather anything divine or ethnic.
The fashion blogger turned model, and now a designer with his own label, is presently a part of the ‘Board of Directors’ of ‘rageNyou’. Here is an excerpt of an interview with Karan-
- What was your journey so far? What was the story behind ‘Karan Vig Couture’?
- I am an ardent follower of ‘Lord Krishna and Srimati Radha Rani’ and I adore his dressing. I used to stitch clothes with my mom every day, and she taught me how to drape a saree properly to the deity of Radha Rani. After moving to London and finishing my graduation, I pursued my interest in fashion; started off with fashion blogging and eventually opened ‘Karan Vig Couture’. I shifted from wearing ‘dupattas’ to ‘sarees’ and from cotton to silk.
- Which were your recent shows and what are the upcoming ones?
- My recent shows in 2017-
- India Kids Fashion Walk, Jaipur (Bageecha) – June 4
- Walk to Help, Jaipur (Seeyah)- June 25
- India Glam Fashion Week, Hyderabad (Ardhanarishvara)- Sep 10
- Ajmer Fashion Festival, Ajmer (Shubho Mahalaya) –Sep 17
My upcoming show is in November, for ‘India Glam Fashion Week, Edition 3’, which will be heldin Vizag. The concept of my collection will mostly be related to the ‘Gopis of Lord Krishna’.
- What do you think about the concepts of ‘feminism’ and ‘gender equality’ in India? How different it is from Europe?
- Currently, you see many kinds of unjust power distribution and so many unfair things happening around. There is a big difference between talking about something and actually doing it. I cannot call myself a feminist, unless I do something for the so called ‘weaker’ section. We have to fight for it. A lady can be strong, and fierce when the situation arises. Similarly, she can be as sweet as honey, but when the time comes she can be as bitter as a poison. In Europe, women are given equal opportunities, but over here there are also situations where women make use of their rights. For example, recently while I was travelling in a local train to Mumbai, a lady was yelling that her husband was thrashing her. People gathered and the man was beaten up without any assurance that such a thing happened. Women shouldn’t make use of such opportunities either.
- Fashion as a way of expressing ourselves, how much has it helped you grow?
- People always say that Karan wants to be different. But the truth is I am different, I don’t want to be different! Do something different, do something elegant, do something divine…! I am devoted to Lord Krishna and my personal love for God has inspired my designs. I never try to use a saree differently by using it with elastic jeans, saree pantsand other modern styles, but keep it as original as it has to be. Saree is something I don’t want to play around with. It is a garment of prestige of a women. There is nothing more elegant than a saree on a woman.
- Have you been part of any campaigns; are you intending to be a part of something in the near future?
- I help the transgender community as I have a special soft corner towards them by seeing the way they are treated in India. I was also invited for ‘HijraHabba’, Delhi, for the crowning ceremony of Miss Trangender India, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend it.
- How do you feel about being a part of ‘rageNyou’?
- I am always excited to be a part of the ‘F World’. Fashion is my life and I am really happy to be a part of it. I am hoping to do my part well.
Karan Vig has been invited as a guest for many national and international shows like ‘London Fashion Week’, ‘Milan Fashion Week’, and ‘Paris Fashion Week’. When India chases modernity, he is always there to remind us of our grassroots through his designs and lectures on fashion styling. He has had an incredible fashion journey and is indeed an epitome of the tag ‘Bold and Beautiful’!