Said Today’s actors are not ready to experiment about their looks
“Today’s actors are not ready to experiment about their looks as the films are more content based. Earlier the style of actors setting trends for generations but now they don’t want to take risk even if they have the same potential,” said master designer Anna Singh during her visit to Vadodara. She was in the city to share her mastery of fabrics and costume design with the budding fashion design students of city based Parul University.
Anna Singh’s career as a costume designer, has made a significant mark in India. She has been featured on distinct platforms worldwide for her quintessential depiction of life expressed through costumes. Being a two-time National Award winning costume designer, her designs have been known for her unique perspective and exquisite touch, which have been inspired by many of her life moments. The 1,70000 outfits she exclusively designed for the CommonWealth Games opening and closing ceremony, were instrumental in depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of all the States in India. Singh today stands as the Guinness book of records, record holder for the highest number of films at 990.
She remembered her time as the golden one for the designers where the actors became trendsetters in their career. “As a designer we enjoy good time to design clothes for actors like Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit whose style are trendsetters for years. But now the actors don’t want to take any risk in their costumes as the films are more content based. The creativity is also not there,” said Singh.
Anna Singh designed almost every top actor in the film industry but found touch to design for Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She also design clothes for Will Smith and also gifted Shawl and 10 Indian outfits to Michael Jackson during his visit to India in 1998. She also design outfits for many politicians and wants to design for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Her needle and thread blended with her design genius not only transformed the fashion industry, but also brought about an expression of colour to the film industry.
Anna Singh share her mastery of fabrics and costume design with the budding fashion design students of city based Parul University. As a way of enhancing the skill sets, and practical abilities of the students, the University took the initiative to organise the masterclass with the Mumbai based designer to share her highly lucrative career in the film and clothing industry.
She attributed the artwork and inspiration of her recently showcased Christian art designs to her association with catholicism during her upbringing. It was the same lessons of reaching into one’s own life to find the design inspiration which she shared with the Parul University students
During her masterclass she expressed to the design students and faculties of Parul University, the principles of designing, and how the first prime requisite of any successful career in fashion design will always be one’s inspiration. In her words, Anna Signh expressed the need for the students to find their inspiration inorder to come up with highly innovative ideas which edify the current industry. She went on to highlight some of the lacunas in the costume design Industry today and how the lack of originality is resulting in reduced creativity.
“Today’s industry is misleading you will find people simply taking mendu vada and then add some ingredients and then turn it into a donut,” she said, highlighting the importance of self inspiration and motivation.
“Being a fashion design student i am more than glad of this opportunity, to actually get to learn from a renowned figure like Anna Signh is something that has greatly impacted my learning experience here in Parul University; Her insights have given the picture of the fashion industry what Ii need to do inorder to effectively navigate it once i complete my studies,” said Nitya Dixit.
“Our efforts as a University are dedicated to complement the academics of students with real life experiences, from people who have made their mark in the industry. I believe having Anna Singh at our campus today will go along way in giving our design students this practical experience,” said University’s President Dr Devanshu J Patel.