With boutiques in NY and lines in Barney's New York, Fred Segal and other top stores, she serves as an inspiration for young, aspiring designers and has emerged as an internationally renowned designer with cutting edge style. Born and educated in India, alpana moved to NY in 1983 to study fashion at The Parsons School of Design. Within only a few years, her first collection was sold at the Susan Bartsch store in SoHo, along with several other young experimental designers including the then lesser known Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. From there alpana went on to open her first store and her SoHo boutique. bawa has a unique eye for designing quirky elements into everything from evening dresses to sportswear. High necked jackets and knee length skirts are cinched by belts with complex looking magnetic closures; asymmetrical nylon trench coats are reversible, making them all the more practical; and most brilliantly, a fairly conservative looking knee-length gray pinstripe dress is equipped with zippers at the pockets and bustline that unzip to reveal shocking magenta or aqua panels down to the lining. alpana's 1998 collections debuted live at the 7th on Sixth's Fashion Week. Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain inspired the collection. "When the museum opened, I looked at it a lot for inspiration" bawa says. "So these clothes were more asymmetrical and organic."
In addition to her clothing line, alpana has designed costumes for the Swedish Opera Ballet as well as for Olympic skaters
For spring 1999, in addition to designing her women's collections, alpana has expanded and included her men's shirt line by infusing it with both exuberant and subtle stylistic options.
alpana bawa has also been invited to design a number of artistically veined projects including a line of silk garments for the Indian government, which will promote Indian silk on the international market.
As if that was not enough to keep her busy in 1999, she will also be creating uniforms for the new hotel in midtown Manhattan designed by Adam Tihany and is in the planning stages of a costume collaboration with dance choreographer Karole Armitage.
alpana bawa's collection is currently available at her NY boutiques as well as Barney's New York , Steven Allen, NY, Fred Segal, LA , Planet Blue, LA, Browns, London, Nepenthes, Tokyo and Eucalyptus, Tokyo.
Alpana Bawa's
boutiques are located at:
41 Grand St.
New York, NY 10003
70 E. 1st St.
New York, NY 10003

Author : Kelly Kingham

Photo : IMNYC

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