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Updated: May 26, 2010 20:48 IST

On a designing mantra

PRABALIKA M. BORAH
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Nishka Lulla, Fashion Designer. Photo: R. Ragu
The Hindu Nishka Lulla, Fashion Designer. Photo: R. Ragu

When Nishka Lulla won the Barbie all doll'd up award at the Lakme India fashion week in 2009 to mark 50 years of the doll, “For a moment I was transported back to my childhood days. As a child I would see my mother at work and get inspired. I would sit to design and stitch all sorts of clothes for all my Barbie dolls, whenever I got the opportunity,” says designer Neeta Lulla's designer daughter Nishka.

So, when Nishka found the opportunity to show her talent at dressing Barbie, she knew she couldn't go wrong. From dressing dolls as a child to launching her own label — Nishk, this young designer is looking at creating a vibrant and fresh look for those who love to dress-up. “My collection is colourful and fresh and is targeted at the teenage clientele. I use a lot of colour and laces to keep the Indianess in my collection,” she says.

Nishka was in town to be a part of a Calantha, a fashion show by students of Hamstech. But Nishka is no stranger to the city of laces and chudi bazaar. “My grandparents live here and I visit Hyderabad once every year,” she says. For Nishka, Hyderabad doesn't mean biryani and kebabs, “I have to have the rasam rice when in Hyderabad, the vegetable biryani too is must,” she confirms.

This pretty youngster is working on a collection for Tusshar Kapoor-Amrita Rao starrer Rajshri production. “The name of the movie is Love you… Mr. Kalakar. I am having fun. I am also designing for a Tamanna Bhatia. For her Telugu movies, I have done a number of half-saris. I feel the south Indian movie industry has a huge potential for designers. The industry is fashionable and loves colour,” she says.

Besides designing for movies and stars, this ISKCON follower is also busy designing attires for ‘Radha Rani.' “That is the biggest blessing for me. I will be creating a number of Indian attires for Radha rani of the ISKCON temple in Mumbai. After I won ‘Barbie all doll'd up' the temple authorities came up with a proposal to give Radha Rani the look of a traditional doll,” she smiles. After all this she looks like she has her hands full with the task of designing a women's line of western wear with an Indian touch for Provogue.

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