Fashion as Art. An Exhibit by Rani. Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s

Happy Saturday!

I am so excited to share with you some photos from one of my twins’ – Rani’s first art exhibit that I attended yesterday at her school. Rani was chosen as one of the students to display her work at this coveted annual art exhibition and what a beautiful event this was with artwork from the most talented art students at her school.

Rani’s designs. Fashion as Art

Rani is a self taught seamstress and has been designing and sewing clothes since she was 8 years old! Over time she has developed a uniquely artistic perspective to her designs inspired by historical fashion and the world around her.  As a Mom I love, love love seeing what pieces she is conjuring up and how it all comes together as a stunning piece of clothing.  Sometimes I even get the privilege of being asked for input!  She has over the years made easily over 100 pieces.  Her dresses, gowns, skirts, pants, and shirts all have a very unique feature running through them – they have an artistic flair.

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Rani’s first Fashion Show 4 years ago.

Even as a Middle Schooler Rani hosted a fashion show with her fellow students and her cousins as models 😀.  To see those hand sewn dresses today worn by the young models is priceless!

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And now today Rani’s first Fashion as Art Exhibit

One of Rani’s biggest fans is her twin sister Anjali.  Depending on Rani’s mood, she has indulged Anjali’s requests over the years to make her a special dress for a school dance or a gown for an event or a costume for Halloween.  But this is the first time that Rani has created pieces with fabrics that she herself designed.  Meaning, she created patterns, had them made into fabrics and then used those fabrics to make her wearable art.  Rani did this for all her art pieces and seeing what she created I was truly blown away by how far she has come from the little girl who made dresses by hand to the fashion designer and artist she is today.  Here is a look at Rani’s first ever fashion art exhibition!

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The theme of Rani’s exhibit.  Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s.

As a cellist and a fashion designer, I was initially intrigued with how I could incorporate sheet music and lyrics into my own fashion designs.  Music, to me, is an emotional outlet, often used to express feelings of frustration, love, sadness, or happiness. This can be seen through Selena Gomez singing about her breakup with Justin Beiber or the Beatles singing about a lost love. When I looked at my own surroundings, I found that the theme of using music to release pent up emotions is most stereotypically seen in teenagers, always wearing air pods or blasting music in their rooms, and these observations ultimately lead to the guiding question: How does music display frustration in teens, and how does that connect to fashion?

After doing some research, I decided to focus my sustained investigation on how music and fashion are used to display teen rebellion. I wanted to find a decade that had distinct rebellious features in both areas, and the 60’s particularly stood out to me, as it produced outspoken artists such as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.  These artists expressed feelings of frustration in regards to politics as well as feelings of rebellion amongst teens. The 60s was also rebellious in terms of its clothing, with mod fashion and Mary Quant’s mini skirts taking the fashion scene by storm, both of which were revealing and used to declare independence.”  Rani

Rani’s sketch book

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Rani’s original fabric designs

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The 60s inspired dress

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This black fabric has lyrics from a song by the Rolling Stones.

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The final dress!

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The Bustier

This was a beautiful piece of art! The paper Rani used had her original patterns that she had transferred onto paper.

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Everyone wanted to know how did she make it so stiff and upright?  Entirely made by paper and glue – no wires here!!

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A look at the work-in-progress.

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The Gown

A beautiful gown designed with original fabric by Rani.

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The plain fabric used in this gown is from Madrid, Spain from a recent holiday we went on last summer.  We stumbled upon a fabric store while exploring the city and Rani bought fabric as her souvenir 😀.

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Alternate design using the checkered fabric

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Rani’s Art Teacher 😘

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Rani’s friends are some of her biggest fans 😀

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A look at the works of other talented student artists

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Can’t wait to see where Rani’s talents will take her in the future!

Fashion as Art by Rani. Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s

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I want to take this opportunity to wish my twins Rani and Anjali a very Happy 18th Birthday 💕!!

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Wishing you all a stupendous Saturday!

 

22 thoughts on “Fashion as Art. An Exhibit by Rani. Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s”

  1. Wow!!!!!!!! If I ever end up at an awards show, I know who’ll be designing my dress! If she ever wants to wet her feet and get some experience doing wardrobe for small little independent films, let me know. We need more South Asian American artists making their place in the industry!

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  2. STUNNING!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    She’s so beautifully talented- love love love!
    Congrats to her!!!!
    She will be hugely successful I’m positive!!!
    I like the inspiration from nature
    Mommy’s influences are very much there!!!

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  3. Very nice work! The 60s were indeed a most consequential decade on multiple fronts – good choice.
    Meera and I would love to see Rani’s book of designs the next we get together.
    Oh and the time lapsed video was a cool idea!

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  4. It so nice to see how the girls have grown from babies to talented, smart and caring young adults. Each one is so different and yet similar in that they are caring, friendly and loving kids. You and Hitesh should be very proud of them and give a pat on the back to yourselves – raised them so well.
    Now sit back and enjoy the fruit of your hard work.

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  5. “Full many a gem of purest serene,
    The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its fragrance in the desert air” – Gray
    Happy birthday Anju and Rani. Prayers blessings best wishes for a long, healthy, happy, prosperous and bright future!
    Excellent presentation, Dolly, parents too share the credit.
    PRAYERS FOR RANI’s TALENTS TO SPREAD IN THE GLOBAL ARENA!!!

    “Seeing THE LORD in All”

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  6. Such talents!!! I’m sorry I missed the exhibition but thank you for sharing the event with us through your photos! I love reading Rani’s story and seeing her passion come alive through her artwork! Love her creations!! I, too, can’t wait to see where her future will take her! Go, Rani! I’m so proud of you!🥰

    Happy 18th birthday to Anjali and Rani!🎉🎂❤️

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