Ritu Beri – Indian Fashion Designer

Whenever someone think fashion designers, traditional European countries like Italy and France come to mind as they are known for their fashion and style. However, in the last 30 years India has been through a revolution in terms of fashion, and even other industries, such as Information Technology, have seen a similar boom. To get this position Indian star designer ritu beri has big hand in this.

Ritu Beri is one of the top Indian fashion designers who have been continuously serving Indian fashion industry with her feminine and funky designer dresses. She is the shinning star of our country. The young and talented woman fashion designer Ritu Beri enrolled herself in the national Institute of Fashion Technology in 1988. She was amongst the few bright students who got the opportunity to associate with this prestigious institute.

Ritu Beri studied fashion arts from the institute of NIFT, New Delhi. She is the only Indian designer to be featured in promoter’s magazine and this forecasts fashion trends all over the world. She is the author of the personal fashion book, in which 101 Ways to Look Good are mentioned and she has won an award for this. She also serves on the board of Governors at NIFT. She is an honorary patron of the Savera Association which is a popular charity involved in improving the lives of Indian woman.

She is known as the first Indian designer to present a collection in Paris. There is no comparison for her style and elegance. Today her designs have become a highlight in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, USA, London and Paris. Ritu Beri’s ready-to-wear line is an impressive couture collection that had the French media raving about her.

Ritu Beri is married to business man Bobby Chadha and one has child named Jiya with him. Ritu beri has a good has a good heart and she has love for animals. To express her love she has launched an organization ‘caring means sharing’. This organization collects funds for animal cares throughout the world.

The Old Fashioned Art of Writing Letters and Journals

With so many new ways of keeping in touch, why exactly would one want to write letters? There might not be any satisfactory answer to it. But letter writing makes one feel cared for. The very fact that someone actually sat down and wrote five handwritten pages for a person that is far away, signifies that one plays an important role in their life. Why else would anyone sit down for an hour to write that letter and then take the trouble of going to the post-office to send that letter, when in the same time you could have written 20 tweets or more. Sending and receiving letters are also the cheaper alternate to travel. Pen pals often send each other tokens and souvenirs through mails, exchange cultural stories, tell each other about their age old tradition and exchange multiple secrets. Of course the internet has more access to the number of people and therefore more access to other cultures. However, it is always less personal. You may have more than 500 people in your friend list, but how many are you actually familiar with? And when was the last time you had a real heart to heart with them?

Letters and journals have more privacy and personalization. Since everyone has an increasing internet foot print, hackers have focused more on breaking in to people’s virtual accounts rather than actual space. So turns out, the real space is more secure than the virtual space where you befriend a thousand people you don’t even know. The new generation may probably not even be aware of what journal writing is. But the truth is, it is the best way to vent out your thoughts. People are getting angrier everyday because they have all the ideas, but no honest feedback. Writing journals help one keeping in touch with their thoughts. What people lack these days are some private time where they can think. Writing down your thoughts can help you get to know yourself. Journal writing don’t necessarily have to be about your whole routine nor do they have to be extremely regular as is the popular misconception. You can write down any random thought or the dream you had last night anywhere in your journal and you can read it like a haphazard memoir. It’s for your own private viewing after all.

Letters and journals promote a heartfelt moment with your pen pal or yourself. The anticipation and joy of receiving letters is like no other. You wait for weeks at a time and when you receive a little envelope with artistic stamps and a handwritten note, the delight is like no other. Postcards are another form of keeping in touch. They’re bright, colourful and have beautiful pictures of famous places in the city. China actually introduced a new series of postcards with pictures of food, where receivers can actually smell the dish. Now that’s innovation.

It might not be easy to convince why writing letters and journals is a delightful experience. But those who actually do might understand why the practice of old fashioned writing has not died down as yet. Even though the postal departments of many countries are facing losses, the efforts of a few have kept the industry going.

Is Fashion Art?

A couple of instant coffee granules miss the cup as they often do first thing in the morning. With slow sleepy swipes, I mop them up while I wait for the kettle to boil. If I’ve managed to convey the right number of coffee granules from the coffee jar to my mug, and added precisely the right amount of sugar, milk and hot water, then it will be a good cup of coffee. But if I don’t get ratio exactly right, it’s yuck, which goes to show that there’s an art to making a decent cup of java. Or is there? An art to making coffee, I mean.

The question of what constitutes “Art” with a capital T has been around for a long time. People pretty much agree that making a good cup of coffee is not an art but there is still a lot of dissent about certain modes of expression like writing, movie making and fashion. There is the idea that fashion cannot be an art because it evolved from sewing and tailoring which is a craft even though tailoring has been referred to as “architecture” and the draping of fabric across the body as being “sculptural”. Many designers make references to art and artistic theories and concepts in their work yet are nevertheless relegated to the ranks of the frivolous where haute couture is viewed as the fetish of the financially well-to-do. And once haute couture and runway collections have been watered down for consumption by the general public then they are seen as nothing more than financial commodities and functional apparel in the marketplace.

Another reason why fashion is not considered to be art is because, as with film making, a number of people performing different functions take part in the creation of a garment, such as the designer, fabric producer, pattern cutter and seamstress to name but a few. Because designers often don’t work alone to produce a garment, they don’t fit with the traditional view of the artist as a solitary genius and are therefore not considered artists even though their vision of what the garment will look like is their own.

In short, there is no clear-cut answer as to whether fashion is Art or not because there are so many ways to interpret and use an individual garment. It can be seen as protection from the elements, an expression of belonging to a particular socio-cultural group, as a personal form of expression when it is worn, or in its purest sense, as the embodiment of the vision of its creator, the designer. Because fashion is so fluid and open to interpretation, it fits in with the theories of many disciplines and forms of expression, of which Art is only one.