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The Ramp And Its Outskirts

Vasudev’s book is an ill-conceived mass hovering around fashion. Rodricks charms with substance and structure.

The Ramp And Its Outskirts
AFP (From Outlook 03 September 2012)
The Ramp And Its Outskirts
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Quite coincidentally, two books of fashion, by Shefalee Vasudev and Wendell Rodricks, entered my world during the fashion week in Mumbai. Shefalee is a fellow editor, having been at the helm of Marie Claire before she set out to give the book her complete attention, and Wendell is a designer who has walked with me since the time I took over as editor of Femina in 1993.

Shefalee’s Room is a bit of a maze. Intricate passages link corridors where distorted mirrors hang, reflecting her view of fashion as a series of disjointed subjective images. As I wandered deeper in, stumbling over some of the furniture she had placed, I realised that the real content was centered around a social exploration of attitudes to clothes, trends and fashion. Thus the images of fashion offered to the reader come through the author’s interactions with designers, a sales girl, a few fashion victims from Ludhiana and Delhi, some models....

So we come to know that designer Rakesh Agarwal was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, a fact that he divulges to her as...

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