AIREI presented their Spring Summer 2023 Collection titled ‘Sunflower Gardens’, during Paris Fashion Week on June 21st. Name of the collection is after a building in Calcutta where Drew Curry lived for a few years. The collection represents designers vision of a person who leaves his limits and evokes chaos and adventure into his life. Colors for this season are black, white and the culturally significant color Saffron that makes it’s debut for this collection where pieces are dyed with the actual plant. Materials are durable and fragile. Still experimenting with traditional Indian materials, this season we are introduced to Khadi silk referencing Kurta Pajama which are the most popular style of pants in Kolkata.
This season’s installation is a direct reference to Mother Teresa’s Nirmal Hriday “home of the dying destitutes” ; those without a home or living on the street are sheltered and cared for to provide digitinity in their last days. Curry is inviting the viewers into his experience volunteering at Nirmal Hriday, where he experienced a life defining shift of perception in the realm of life and death. Throughout the space, “The Awakening of the Fountain”, a poem written on the streets of Sudder street by Rabindranath Tagore is stitched onto blankets. – from AIREI