Luxurious, Vogue & Life-style Images + Wearable Artwork Brooches “Ancestral Threads” by Vaishali S Couture for Festa Italiana, New Delhi


The primary version of Festa Italiana was celebrated on the first of December at DLF Emporio, New Delhi, the place one of many highlights was the Couture Showcase by Vaishali S Couture by Vaishali Shadangule.

Fests Italiana was organized by the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce & Trade.

I had solely not too long ago met Vaishali in-person for the primary time. When she invited me to her couture presentation, I used to be DYING to {photograph} it and stated so and properly, I bought to {photograph} her lovely work! I’m so glad I requested! I’ve not been this stoked to {photograph} trend in a LONG time. Vaishali has been on the scene since she launched her label in 2004. It was an honor and privilege for me to see her work backstage after which to see the ultimate appears to be like on the runway at such a prestigious occasion no much less.


It’s arduous to overlook however if you happen to don’t know, I LOVE the fly-on-the-wall images that I get to do backstage. I used to be photographing backstage after at the very least a yr and a half and I used to be NERVOUS. ( I do know, regardless of doing this gig for twenty years, I nonetheless get nervous! ) I felt like a giddy little one smack in the course of a sweet retailer! Vaishali’s work is visually scrumptious and the meticulous particulars are mind-boggling. I’d as properly have been excessive on some medical grade caffeine – that’s how wired I used to be. And I didn’t assume I might get extra wired, until I bought to the runway! ( A bit extra on that later. ) For now, take pleasure in a number of the backstage magnificence.

The Runway

Garment Particulars from the Runway

One of many nicest and most nerve-wracking issues about photographing an unbiased couture presentation is that there are not any guidelines. Within the sense that if you happen to’ve ever photographed at a trend week, there’s one million restrictions – a chosen spot the place you’ll be able to shoot from, locations you can’t use an expert DSLR from, issues you’ll be able to and can’t {photograph}, issues like “hierarchy” and so forth.

None of that exists at an unbiased present! Whereas it’s liberating, as a result of you are able to do actually no matter you need. Akin to leaving your dad and mom’ house for the primary time and dwelling alone. Nobody to let you know when to get up, when to eat, what to eat, nothing. It brings on freedom but in addition this MASSIVE duty of doing the suitable factor. Leaving the analogy and coming again to the runway, it makes me NERVOUS to have a free hand as a result of I don’t need to fuck it up for my consumer! What if I decide a spot and it seems to be the WRONG spot and when you begin capturing, there’s no stopping as a result of the presentation is over earlier than you’ll be able to transfer your butt an inch out of your authentic location!

It was an outside present and Delhi’s beginning to get chilly and I used to be carrying a jacket and the insides had been SOAKED with my sweat by the point I used to be carried out photographing the present! I actually needed to take it off to chill my physique down. And I believed I used to be WIRED whereas photographing backstage! Ha.

Scroll some extra for beautiful particulars of Vaishali’s work.

Finish Notes

There are some frames that I believed would look much more spectacular in black and white and likewise the tip of the couture presentation when Vaishali walked out on the runway and walked away with the fashions. She had a large stiff neck and nonetheless managed to not appear like she had it in any respect! Brava!

As soon as once more, thanks for fantastic alternative Vaishali! It was an absolute pleasure to be round such lovely and considerate work. It was one of many nicest, most simple images assignments that I’ve I ever had the privilege of executing.

Present Director : Anu Ahuja