Meet Swapnil Shinde, talented designer with a passion for the risqué. Having armed himself with a degree at NIFT and a Master’s Degree in Fashion Styling from Italy, he set out to prove that he has what it takes to make it in the competitive and fast paced business of fashion. Empowering himself with the right attitude, he has carved a niche for himself that is unique. Charming and down to earth, with a boy next door attitude, he certainly is a favorite amongst his fraternity. Having set the ramp ablaze with his bold collection, inspired by the ethos of Human Rights, at The Bombay Times fashion Week that concluded recently, Mumbai boy, Swapnil Shinde, talks to Priyanka Sippy about his dreams and his challenges.
Q: Is this your first time at Bombay Times fashion Week?
A: Yes this Is my very first time at Bombay Times fashion Week and I was very excited as I have been associated
with The Times of India Group for a very long time .
Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a designer?
A: I always knew I wanted to be a designer, right from 3rd grade. I used to sketch a lot. Then in the 9thgrade I decided that this was what I was going to do. I saw my very first fashion show on TV, it was a Versace show. Versace is known for their exuberant, out there and daring skin show. For a boy from Dadar this was a big thing. I knew then that this was my calling.
Q: Tell us about the challenges you faced to get to where you are today
A: I always believe that you need to just keep on believing, keep practicing, keep preparing and keep trying. You will get there. Education, knowledge, internships, working as a sales boy, all of these prepared me. As far as technical knowledge went, being NIFT graduate, my knowledge is kick ass. Added to that Master’s Degree in Fashion Styling from Milan and my internships prepared me well and I was well equipped to face any challenges on the way. I make clothes that are provocative, to wear and faded eel powerful
Q: How was the experience of working on the movie, Fashion?
A: Mugdha Godse suggested my name to style her clothes for the film. She was an old friend. When the stylist for
the movie. Rita Dhody, saw my pieces she said they wanted my pieces for Priyanka Chopra. This catapulted me to
another level absolutely.
Q: Describe your collection at the recent Bombay Times fashion Week- Autumn Winter edition?
A: The idea was not to make the collection gimmicky. It’s a sharp, strong, edgy collection inspired by Human
Rights. Essentially inspired by the British Raj uniforms, where the 377 verdict came from. Add to that colours
and craziness and that is what it is all about. I have always been about provocative, outrageous clothing and
that shows in the collection
Q: What inspires you?
A: I generally get inspired by architecture, that’s where it starts. Music is a huge inspiration. For a fashion
show, it is about what the music should be, how the ramp should look, how the models should walk, how the
clothes should move. That’s where it starts
Q: Who is your muse?
A: My muse has almost always been my models. Amrit Maghera, Candice Pinto and Deepti Gujral to name a few.
Q: Which International and Indian celebrity’s style do you admire/
A: I love how Kate Blanchet dresses. Also Jennifer Lopez very-sexy and out there In India-without a doubt Sonam
Kapoor, she is, of course, on top-literally .But I personally like Kangana Ranaut, she has such a signature
statement style, a 50’s, retro, Hollywood style.
Q: Have u done a retro line
A: Yes, with Kangana, it is retro, more sexy though—50s Hollywood and edgy. That is who I am as a designer
Q: Amongst International brands and designers, who do you like?
A: I admire Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Wear at Louis Vuitton , and Versace, as a brand.
These are two brands I would love to work with.
Q: Your advice to young designers
A: They need to be patient. Thanks to social media people are getting famous real fast. But they do not realize
that the fall is even faster. Prepare yourself and the opportunity will come at the right time.