I still want to design for Nicole Kidman – Ashley Rebello


Q. How would you define creativity in fashion?
A. Creativity is something which comes from within. It depends on each outfit that one creates. Keeping other people’s thought and comfort level in mind is where one’s actual creativity lies.

Q. Since how long have you been designing clothes?
A. For last 16 years. Quite a long time, isn’t it (laughs)!

Q. Did you do any professional course in designing or assist someone before taking on independent projects?
A. Never! I’ve never done any course or assisted anyone. It’s all my long hard work only.

Q. For which movie did you design clothes for the first time? What were your expectations from it?
A. My first movie was Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, with Aamir Khan. I had a lot of expectations from it and fortunately I got what I had expected.

Q. You also designed clothes for Jaane Tu… and your costumes have been highly appreciated in the film. How does it feel to be a part of a hit movie?
A. First of all thanks. Yeah, it feels great to be appreciated and know about the film’s success. I got immense amount of pleasure from the movie, especially by working with Aamir and as a part of the movie.

Q. Anyone whom you look upon for inspiration?
A. I am a big time fan of Armani. Talking about Indian inspiration, I am not at all such a Ritu Kumar fan, but yes I love her neat, clean and very well-conducted work.

Q. What do you keep in mind while designing clothes?
A. To me comfort is the top priority. A dress or a garment should be comfortable to wear. However great or classy the outfit maybe, it needs to be comfortable.

Q. You have worked with almost all the stars. Which star’s costume did you enjoy designing the most?
A. It has to be Mallika Sherawat. The best part about Mallika is that she loves to be experimented. She is always ready for a change. Be it a salwar-kameez or a skimpy one, she is always excited about experiments.

Q. There was this famous Mallika Sherawat’s clothes controversy at J.W. Marriott on New Year Eve. It says that her clothes were very “obscene”. How did you handle such type of controversies?
A. I still wonder why people reacted so much. She was wearing a skin coloured body fit inside and on top was her costume. It wasn’t that she was wearing just diamonds. Let me tell you, whatever shows or performance people see, girls do wear skin color body fits inside if the dress is too revealing. People should look at it from a broader sense and not just look for excuses to point finger at others.

Q. Are you still in touch with her post that incident?
A. Yeah, obviously I am. Why should my relations get spoiled with her! I am working with her in ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’ and ‘Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Aazam’. People always talked about her but I am frankly telling you she cares a ‘damn’ about what people say. She is such kind of a person.

Q. Do you think clothes displayed in fashion shows by models are suitable for the masses?
A. See, it’s not that whatever is shown in the fashion show is for showcasing at stores. Alterations are done, sizes vary and stuffs and people who have a good dressing sense do go ahead and buy it.

Q. Given a chance to design for a Hollywood star, whom would you opt for and why?
A. I designed for Nicole Kidman and I still want to design for her. She’s a fabulous person altogether.

Q. Your upcoming projects?
A. I have many movies in my kitty. I am doing Hello, Yuvraj, Ugly Aur Pagli, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam, Kambakth Ishq, Conflick, Wanted, One Night in a Call Centre and many more.

-Pratik Maheshwari (SAMPURN)

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