Ooooo the colors and patterns ooooo.
So very very very pretty oh gosh
I WOULD WEAR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE.
Ngggh. I was gonna be all: “the last one is my favourite” but they are all my favourite.
Empire Line (2005) series by British photographer Gavin Fernandes.
Fernandes describes the series in British Asian Style: Fashion & Textiles / Past and Present:
By subverting representations of British “memsahibs” and their indigenous Indian servants, and through the interaction of period British costume and native Indian dress, Empire Line explores the politics of clothing and its relationship with class and caste in 19th-century colonial India.
Though so rooted in colonial imagery, I love how Fernandes’s work also speaks to the complex and often problematic cultural exchanges of the contemporary fashion industry.
I am, admittedly, thinking less of problematic cultural exchanges and more about how striking that first image is. I may steal that design for something.
^Oops same. As valid and interesting as the point of this shoot is — pretty.