Watch: Five designers tell us what’s behind the mask

Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta and Rahul Mishra get candid about life in lockdown and extra in a brand new collection

The humble face mask has powered dozens of charity drives this 12 months. Also, the final 4 months have seen designers round the world exploring the creative potential of what’s now thought of the first line of defence towards Covid-19. Behind the Mask is the newest on this division, uniting 5 of the nation’s main designers, a worldwide journal writer and a style e-tailer. “Years from now, we will agree that the mask was the metaphor for our times…for 2020,” begins Alex Kuruvilla, MD of Conde Nast India on a Zoom name from his front room.

(Clockwise from proper) Anita Dongre, Gaurav Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Mishra and Manish Malhotra in ‘Behind the Mask’

 Kuruvilla’s lockdown venture started by getting just a few style designers on the cellphone. Would they permit an intimate have a look at their lives throughout the pandemic, as they deal with isolation and being locked in with each fears and conquests? The first 5 he reached out to for the web-series — Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta and Rahul Mishra — agreed virtually immediately. Each of them was additionally anticipated to create a prototype of a mask, to then encourage 20 totally different designs made in cotton. Retailed on Myntra, the income would attain Indian karigars (craftspeople) via on-line donation platform, GiveIndia. But Kuruvilla, former chief at MTV Networks India, wasn’t performed with the planning. A buddy and MD of Discovery Communications India, Megha Tata, had confirmed that the movies might air on way of life channel TLC and on Discovery Plus. “We now needed something that was broadcast quality and not just for a website,” he says.

Alex Kuruvilla, Managing Director, Conde Nast India

Alex Kuruvilla, Managing Director, Conde Nast India


Homemade, with backup

Anita Horam, director of Video at Conde India, started supervising the script and technicals. Having labored on what they name Long-form Originals at the firm and on reveals like Vogue BFFs and Feet up with the Stars on Foot, she knew they must improvise. With everybody housebound, the 5 designers and their households needed to pull out their very own smartphones; three per designer. Horam launched into free-wheeling periods with them and despatched a easy tool-kit — it included thumbnails as reference to shoot like a professional, tips about publicity and ‘low-wide’ photographs as per gadget and mannequin, greatest time of day to shoot, learn how to scale back audio noise, and to make use of the largest window in the room. “We did not want a staged piece, so no PR lines, no standard answers. There is a realness that is endearing,” she provides.

In the collection’ promos, Rahul Mishra, who offered at Paris Haute Couture Week in July, is caught stressing over digital camera angles, whereas Manish Malhotra stumbles over the pronunciation of ‘masks’ (we’ve all been there, actually). Tarun Tahiliani is self-possessed as regular, whereas Anita Dongre thinks lengthy and exhausting earlier than responding to a query (observe that hers is the most profitable Indian designer model with a retail turnover of ₹800 crore in 2019-2020). Dongre was additionally the just one with a hoop mild, that blogger and YouTuber important, throughout manufacturing.

(Clockwise from top left) Masks designed by Rahul Mishra, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahiliani

(Clockwise from prime left) Masks designed by Rahul Mishra, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahiliani


No stone unturned

At a time when publishing homes are pulling out all the stops to have interaction audiences — The New York Times’ Events division has digital exercises and interactive courses on writing brief fiction — what’s the assure that this ‘unmasking’ of our designers will translate into gross sales? Kuruvilla, 60, isn’t taking any possibilities. The masks have been shipped to over a 100 prime influencers, who will unfold the phrase. And for Instagrammers not eager to splash out ₹499 on a mask,, a Bengaluru-based AR promoting platform, has created a filter with all 20 designs.

The episodes might be streamed on the Myntra app on August 12 and aired on TLC and TLC HD and streamed on Discovery + on August 17/18, 2020

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