Curtain Raiser-IISW Season 2

After the first successful season , it’s time for the second season of India International Style Week . Last night was full of classic glamour & high fashion drama. The curtain raiser for IISW displayed the latest hair & make-up trends which will also be the look for runway presentation on 12th & 13th August. Show director Abhimanyu Singh Tomar explained the beauty trends are inspired by vintage fashion which includes french bouffants & edgy hairdos. Jaipur based salon Sizzlin Scizzors stylized these looks especially for the fashion week. The event is organised by Ekang events. Ensembles by Vibha Parwani, Geet Vaishakh & Antara Goswami were showcased for the opening scene of the act. Along with them on the upcoming days designer Felix Bendish, Gazal Mishra, Jaya Mishra, Chirag Nainani, Niharika Pandey & Anshu Raja Sen will be displaying their collections. All I can say is the fashion mayhem is about to begin & am super excited to be part of IISW as the official blogger.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Model Preeti Sinha donning the classic french bouffant hairstyle.
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Wild and messy hairdo displayed here by model Manvi Saroya.
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A closer look at vintage inspired make-up.
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Antima Prajapat in tribal inspired hairdo.

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Mirror-Mirror.
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Model Aishwarya Joshi in crimped version of bouffant hairstyle.
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Shipra Srivastava in backcombed dramatic hairdo.
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Pearl Academy-Portfolio 2017

Well it’s March already & we are fortunate to witness Pearl Academy’s Portfolio 2017 (as it usually happens by mid of May) & that too at 5th day of Amazon India Fashion Week, india’s most sought after fashion event. It couldn’t get bigger & better than this I guess(lucky students). Over 350 students showcased their design collection on this prestigious platform of AIFW. From fashion to jewelry to textiles to media & make-up students amazed everyone with their creative projects. Top models Sucheta Sharma, Aastha Ssidana, Donna Masih & Kanika Dev among various others strutted down the runway donning the student’s creation. Show was choreographed by one & only Rashmi Virmani. Have a look at these marvelous designs I shot at Portfolio 2017.

For more photographs visit https://www.facebook.com/Ishtailista-617980808228777/

Text & photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Fashion Design students

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Gujarat Re-invented.

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Accessories Alert!
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Vintage vibes.
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Model Laxmi Pandey.
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Fishnet stockings with white sneakers.
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Model Kanika Dev.
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Model Ikram Kebdani
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Menswear collection.

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Designer Sonali Patel from Jaipur campus.

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Donna Masih wearing textured bustier.
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Neo indian bride?
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Texture details.

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Exhibition area at Portfolio 2017.
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Textile student Joshya Sethi posing happily in front of her work.
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Designer Vandana Nair.
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Textile student Samreen Kaur‘s Moroccan architecture inspired work.
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Designer Sancharee Das.
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Designer Shreeya Khemka.
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Designer Vishant Singh
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Filmy diary by Shreya Bajaj.
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Structures.
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The veil.

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Androgynous vibes, Jaipur student Sonali Patel‘s creation using felt.
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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma.

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Media & Make-up student’s work

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Photo essay-Backstage-Day 1-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 1

Rajasthan Heritage Week

Venue-Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

After successful first edition of Rajasthan Heritage week the Khadi board & government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates announced the second edition of the fashion week. The three day fashion extravaganza celebrated handmade in Rajasthan & included collections from India’s some of the most renowned designers along with 8 national award winning artisans. The shows were choreographed by supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee & ace choreographer Kevin Oliver. Mohan Neelakantan (am a big fan of his work for Elle India) & Anu Jha styled the designer collections. The show included models from all over the country along with India’s original supermodel brigade including Lakshmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay & Deepti Gujral.

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Model Payal in Swati Ubroi’s creation.
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Rudra Pratap Singh of Diggi Palace.

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Swati Ubroi

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Model Kanika Toure
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Bharat Sainani.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Rhea Subbaiah

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Sidharth & Rakshitha.

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Model Ashanti.
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Roshmita with Saagar Gera.
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Miss diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy in classic red bridal made with kota doria.
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Heena Bhalla with Saagar Gera.
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Sangeeta & Iqbal.
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Model Heena Bhalla.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Model Nikhil Hariwansh
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Pragati Belliappa & Devanshi Verma
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Naina Khan.
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Rajesh Pratap Singh with supermodel Deepti Gujral.

Himmat Singh

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Model Sandy Malik in classic hollywood look by designer Himmat Singh.
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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Model Siddharth Vijaivargia in formal suit.
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Trend-Brooches & Bow ties.

Urvashi Kaur

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Model Sangeeta Gharu.
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Model Heena Bhalla

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Designer Urvashi Kaur having selfie moment with the models post show.

Ajay Kumar

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Vibhu Verma
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Florals for men.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in colorful floral printed shirt with statement metallic necklace.
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Model Rishabh Bajaj.

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Love the quirky shoes.

Samant Chauhan

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Military details.

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Soft side for men.
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Bharat Sainani.

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Trend-Statement Earcuff.

Raghavendra Rathore

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Raghavendra Rathore showcased his range of evening gowns & fomal suits.

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Feminine hair accessories.
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Naina Khan & Sharon Alexander.

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Rohit Bal

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Model Ashanti.
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Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Rohit Bal gave us some major shoe goals.

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Sandy Malik in classic black bandhgala sherwani.
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Folk dancers of Rajasthan.
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Beauty look for day 1 of the fashion week. Models Pragati & Dewanshi Verma.

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Model Rhea in Sunaina Sood‘s creation.
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Models having fun time-backstage.

Find more photos on my instagram account @abhicolorsmanyu

The Fashion i-Workshop- Pearl Academy

Last week was full of fun & was completely memorable as I had this wonderful opportunity to do a collaborative fashion visual making workshop with photographer Tarun Garg at Pearl Academy, Jaipur. It was completely a different experience as I graduated two years back from Pearl Academy & now conducting this workshop with the students of the academy as a guest faculty. The 3 day workshop included lot of fun activities & of course the best part was photoshoots. It was interesting to see new students coming up with fresh ideas & even more fun was to guide them throughout the whole project & also to work so closely with the upcoming designers.

I won’t say much but I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the students & here is how we worked together on this workshop.

Photographs & Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Official Poster for the workshop designed by Kunal Dutta

 

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Final Result– Proud to see my students work being appreciated in exhibition at PORTFOLIO 16. Here are the credits for the images. 1. Shot by Gunjan Jain, Styled by Anjali, Model-Drishti, 2.Shot & Styled by Rajat Mittal, Model Shreshtha, 3.Styled by Mansi, Shot by Palak, Model Sakshi Khanna, 4. Designer & Photographer-Shubhangi Jain, Model-Vaishali,     5.Shot & styled by Palak Jain, Model-Mansi, 6.Shot & Styled by Drishti, Model-Vasudha Tiwari

Some behind the scenes action

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Me working on Styling( Picture Credits-Rajat Gupta)
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Photographer Tarun Garg guiding students on image making.
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Student capturing the images.
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Want to see more Behind the Scenes action? check out a small film I shot while students were working on the workshop. Click the link below for the Fashion Film

 

I can’t thank enough to Pearl Academy for making me part of this creative effort. Thank you so much Dr. Veena Dutta & Kunal Dutta for this amazing experience.

 

Street Style-Models Off Duty at AIFW A/W 16

We see them on runway channeling attitude & personality according to the designer’s theme & collection. But what is the real side of fashion models? what they like? how they dress up off the ramp? These were the certain questions I had in my mind,  so I stalked the top models of our country for 5 days during Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 & this photo essay is the answer. I didn’t want the models to pose for this photo story particularly looking into the camera (like we see in most of the fashion publications & websites) so I just followed them like a paparazzi.

Of course they look amazing on ramp but it’s their off duty style which tells a bit about their personality & the style they follow, isn’t that interesting? Have a look.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Perfect Model Moment- Smita Lasrado, Archana Akhil Kumar, Preeti Dhata, Surelee Joseph & Arshia Ahuja (left to right)
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Coolest girl gang at fashion week.
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Caught in happy moment, model Arshia Ahuja.
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Models were later joined by Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Ugochi in aztec printed shirt styled with pale pink denims.

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Model Kanishtha Dhankar was seen wearing strapless black top with black slim denims.
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Happy Smiles! Model Patricia(extreme left)
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Models from Gaurav Gupta show, seen donning grunge look off duty.
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Model Klaudia kovacova.
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Androgynous look. Model Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Swathi Bhandary opted for monochromes.
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Tall, Dark & Beautiful- Model Radhika Bopaiah

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Model Krishna Somani was seen in summery dress, love those shoes.
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Model Smita Lasrado teamed up denim shirt with wide-legged denim trousers & black boots.
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Pair elongated long kurta with rigged denims & brogues. Model Rachel Bayros.
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Model Klaudia & Donna Masih.

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Candid Candice Pinto.

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This is not exactly a street style shot, as model Sucheta Sharma was shooting for designer Shruti Sancheti. But I love the way Sucheta has made the entire ensemble so playful & full of quirk plus they were shooting around the show venue.
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Joyful moment.

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Model Kanika Dev was seen in summer jacket with long black dress.
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Model Ashwati Ramesh.
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Busy, busy & very busy!

And spotted few male models with interesting style.

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Model Jitesh Thakur kept it simple with hat & sunglasses.

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Beard with kohled eyes.
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Model Rinku Pahel was seen in denim on denim look paired with white plimsolls.

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Model Udit Gaur in printed zippered jumper & denims. Love the blue sneakers.
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Print on print Trend- Model Sanjeet Singh
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Round peepers looks cool on his face.
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Happy Happy!
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Looking Dapper- Model Saud Khan
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Love the floral brooch & Stripes.

Photo essay-Backstage-Dolly J

 

Ruffled sleeves, chic dresses & pastel colors, yes I am talking about Dolly J’s latest autumn/winter collection at Amazon India Fashion Week. The designer is known for feminine silhouettes with using pretty pastels as her color palette. This time what was surprising was the hint of androgyny in few of the pieces. Love the clean shapes with beautiful butterflies motifs on the hemlines of long dresses. In between the soft pinks & subtle red , black came as a refreshing yet bold surprise in Dolly J’s collection.

Photo essay shot by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Rikee C & Krithika Babu posing backstage.
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Model Candice Pinto before going for the runway.

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The classic suit reinvented.

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Photo Essay-Backstage-Dhruv Kapoor

Shooting backstage is always fun, it is the main process room where models are getting dressed up & all not so fashionable things happen. Everybody is running here & there, make up artists are working on giving touch ups at the same time designers/stylists are giving the final touch to the collection, before the models go for catwalk. So I had a great opportunity of shooting backstage for Vogue India Fashion Fund winner Dhruv Kapoor’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. The collection was blend of sports-luxe which is also his signature style (Remember the jumpers with  slogans ‘Cool’ & ‘India’ on Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh respectively in Vogue India) mixed with evening wear details. Fur with exaggerated sleeves, unfinished hems, buckle straps, sequins & combat boots were the main highlights of the collection.

There were ace photographers like Mehtaab Mann, Manasi Sawant of Elle India & Jimmy Granger shooting the backstage portraits & beauty shots with humongous equipments, directing the models confidently for the perfect shot. I was very much fascinated by seeing top models like Lakshmi Rana, Sony Kaur & Smita Lasrado to name a few posing for the camera backstage. I wanted to capture the ongoing backstage madness so this photo essay focuses on the action going on behind the scenes-making of a successful fashion show.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Sony Kaur (left) & Alicia Kom (right)

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Street Style-Indian Models

Best of Street style of Indian Models at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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2. Mitali Rannorey & Sony Kaur

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3.Heena Bhalla

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You will mostly find Heena in cool printed jumpers & good sneakers, probably white.

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4.Palak Gupta

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It is interesting to capture models after they are done with their hair & make up for different shows as it adds an extra edge to the street style.

5.Meenakshi Rathore

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6. Sonalika Sahay

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7.Rinku Pahel

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Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week-Part 1

Backstage-the place where the real fun lies. It’s fun to take photographs of models at backstage. This is the place where models are getting ready,chit-chatting with each other, some are relaxing & some are busy with their phones. Having a backstage access is like a dream for a photographer to witness & capture a world full of beauty & fashion. So I was there backstage shooting the creavite process, behind the scenes of Rajasthan Heritage Week, and I loved every moment (more than taking photos of the fashion show in the media pit). Sharing a glimpse of what really happens at backstage through this photo essay.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

More photographs in the next post.

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