Harshman Singh : The Illuminati Monk
We recently attended Portfolio 15, the Fashion Design Graduate Collections of Pearl Academy, to support Harshman Singh, our very own Illuminati Monk, dear friend and budding designer … Readers who have been with us since the initial days of Delhi Style Blog, are already familiar with Harshman, who have assisted us in many of our photoshoots and adventures … In our regular attendance at fashion weeks in the capital, we are very used to getting asked “Who is that Stylish Sardar with you guys”? by fashion editors, media and bloggers … and Harshman Singh has done us proud getting featured regularly as a street style star in various publications !! …. We also often wear pieces designed by him which inevitably fetches us compliments and inquiries, and it was with a very proud and happy heart that we attended his Fashion Design Graduate Collection as part of the Final Year students show Portfolio 15 which was presided over by celebrated designer Manish Malhotra !! … Harshman Singh’s final year collection is called “A directional journey of an Illuminati Monk into the world of light and a spectacle of positivity” …. a conceptual couture fashion capsule, wherein he is inspired by the tremendous interest in the conspiracy theory of a secret society, called the Illuminati (Illuminati Wiki) , who are conspiring to establish a new world order … “by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence, and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games and music videos” … In fact Angelina Jolie is highly rumoured to be an Illuminati, since her film “Tomb Raider” was largely based around an Illuminati filled storyline 🙂 …. Other celebs in the rumoured list are believed to be Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay Z and other political and intellectual leaders past and present who regularly uses Illuminati signs and symbols (Illuminati Members) … Its a highly fascinating subject, and Harshman has been obsessed by it for a long time … See how he has traced the story through his inspiration and vision, which culminated as a Couture capsule collection for Spring Summer 2016 !!
ILLUMINATI – THE REAL MEANING OF THE TERM GOD
“Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.”- Piet Hein
If a realm beyond science exists then all of the promises made by religion talking about heaven, afterlife, spirits and God become possible … Question being, without paranormal phenomena, it would be practically impossible to sustain any idea of existence beyond this mortal coil of ours …. When Harshman Singh realised that the whole vivid world behind “Illuminati” was bold enough to be his inspiration for his final year, graduation collection …. he says, he knew he was entering a negative space … The space he was scared of and of which, he had no idea about its consequences.
He says that while he was researching, he realised that the word Illuminati had become a mainstream term … wherein he observed, that people end up associating the term with secret societies trying to dominate and control the planet, an evil society who practices Satanism and ritual black magic.
“Illuminati comes with a very strong belief system and I came with even stronger silhouettes … It was a thought that I wanted to express through fashion … The terms Change and Growth were my two underlined words, which played a major role in my design process … I created this fictional character in my head, who was my muse … I ended up putting her through an experience … We grew fast, and because of this exponential growth, we got lost at some point … We stopped being responsible, and we started to enjoy distractions … We stopped caring about the future and we started living in the past and then in the NOW … It wasn’t her journey alone, I decided to walk along with her … Together we were “us” in this whole experience … I have rather taken charge of the situation and brought a change … It feels good to be able to create a collection and summarise the most popular conspiracy theory that exists in our society through five garments in my collection’’. – Harshman Singh.
The belief, that these secret society monks are asked to believe in … and the journey they were asked to travel …. was in a dark sphere … This is a monk’s journey towards positivity, towards light, towards illumination ! … To explore this space and beyond is what this spring summer 2016 is about!
The idea is to lead my muse towards a positive space … help her in bringing out her inner positivity to the forefront … and bring about a renaissance !!
The silhouettes are derived from a classic white shirt, tweaking it from the length, forming a new silhouette of short capes to long couture jackets. The frontal pleats are the focal point of the collection. The spring summer consists of summer fabrics such as 100 percent “Egyptian Giza Cotton” for the tops with a highlight of satin organza cape and cotton twill for the fitted pants.
The colour scheme follows the monochromatic tone followed by the 3dimensional metallic hand-embroidery.
The silhouette of the sleeve plays an important character to the concept. The caged silhouette grows into a coiled sleeve to depict the monks wings ready to take a flight into the positive space of independent beliefs.
Hope you liked our presentation of this marvellous journey of student designer Harshman Singh … we wish him all the best 🙂
Love, Aanchal and Dimpy, Namaste.