Traditionally, Indian royals have been the biggest patrons of good design. They not only nurtured the local craft of their kingdom but also attracted the finest, avant-garde in design and luxury from across the globe.
Living an exaggerated life in opulent palaces, they kept the famed ateliers in distant Europe busy creating bespoke jewelry, art, costumes and objects d’art. Luxury houses in London and Paris thrived on the fabled whim of the Maharaja. Products made for the Maharaja pushed the bar of indulgent extravagance ever higher.
Many present day heirs of this legacy continue to recreate the glorious past through their own design sensibility and inherited eye. Designers in their own right, they recreate history in a contemporary mould.
Saluting these blue blooded scions of a regal legacy, Anshu Khanna, a leading communication, design and branding professional presents Royal Fables-a rare exhibition that show-cases the creations of designers, artists and craft patrons who belong to the land’s leading royal families.
A very richly designed exhibition that re-creates the ‘living room of the royals’, Royal Fables narrates the romantic fairy-tale of life lived in a palace. It presents heritage inspired fashion, jewelry, art and lifestyle that has been brought to life in ateliers housed within quaint havelis and historic forts and palaces.
Everything they create is deeply inspired by a regal past, yet it is reproduced to fit contemporary life-styles. The trick is in making old turn new, the intricate simple and that which is heritage, very modern. This is the singular element that inspires this show. Royal Fables simply echoes that, demystifying royal designs of the glorious past into a modern idiom for connoisseurs of today.
Maharaja Brajraj Singh of Kishangarh has digitally restored the music recorded by his late father, the then Maharaja of Kishangarh, writes Malvika K. Singh. Read more.
Traditional cooks sick to the old ways to enhance the aroma of the Himachali Dhams. Read more.
For the wedding celebrations of Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar and Nivritti Kumari of Odisha, designer Umang Hutheesing recreates past splendour. From the royal atelier: 120 kali Mewari Angarkha, bodyfitting achkan, Choga, Phalghar. Read more.
Live the royal life at Castle Mandawa, originally built by Thakur Nawal Singh, in 1755, and now a charming heritage hotel with a view of the town known as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’, writes Niti Singh. Read more.
My palette is usually drawn from the kite flying tradition of UP. The hues are bright and no design can ever be replicated again.” Read more.
We were seated in the intricate enamel art studio where we admired the aesthetics and the art pieces whilst waiting eagerly to meet the princess herself and conduct a photo shoot with her. By Kamakshi Khanna. Read more.
From the tops of their bejewelled, plumed turbans to the tips of their wellshod feet, no portrait of a royal personage from India goes unrecognised anywhere in the world. Read more.
The penchant for detail and extravaganza is today gradually moving into modern lifestyles as designers delve into the past for inspiration. Read more.
Niti Singh delves into the history of this enduring symbol of royalty. Princess Jyotsana Singh of Kashmir: “I love to see this everywhere, whether it’s a shawl or a sari”’ Baisa Pushpita Singh of Kharwa: “It’s a popular motif in heritage jewellery designs”. Read more.
The first ever Royal Fables show was hosted in association with and under the mecca arcade of luxury: DLF Emporio, New Delhi in October, 2010. The show presented evolved creations by designers of blue blood who opened their Pandora Boxes to present rare weaves that interspersed gold threads with silk, contemporized pichwas , hand done quilts, museum inspired jewelry, the finest Pashmina, regal poshaks and hand embroidered, ombre dyed saris in chiffon that are worn by Indian Queens. The exhibition saw a resounding response from the large number of special invitees that included Delhi’s glitterati and the veritable who’s who. The press and media too were extremely appreciative. Read more.
Royal Fables travelled to Hyderabad in May 2011, to showcase in the luxurious environs of Taj Krishna, Hyderabad. The royal delegation was welcomed with a lavish sit down dinner and reception held at the Falaknuma Palace. Leading luminaries of this metropolis sat along with the royal delegation in the 101 hall where the erstwhile Nawab family of Hyderabad used to host their royal banquets. Day two saw the unveiling of the exhibition at the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of Taj, Krishna. A resplendent show, elegantly designed it was a complete sell out, covered extensively by the media. Read more.
Season Three held at The Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi featured the works of fourteen designers of royal lineage who re-created their rich heritage of design in a contemporary idiom. Held in collaboration with Khushii, a leading NGO spear-headed by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, the exhibition saw many a leading royal families attend the formal opening. Delhi’s gracious visited the show on all three days in large numbers.
September 2012 saw the biggest rendition of this unique regal platform as Royal Fables took the capital city by storm. Held at The Imperial, New Delhi, the three day extravaganza was eagerly awaited by scions of the leading royal families as well as other very prominent personalities, luxury seekers and collectors of the art. Along with heritage inspired arts, crafts, jewellery and home products, on display were exhibits of rare original costumes, art, craft and regalia for the connoisseur's viewing pleasure.
The recently held Royal Fables Season Six grew to a grandiose scale and was held both in Mumbai and New Delhi.
in New Delhi Royal Fables presented the royal cuisines of four princely states as well as a costume show by Umang Hutheesing. The exposition was held at The Imperial, New Delhi.
In Mumbai was held a royal dinner and fashion show at The Crystal Room, Taj Mahal, Gateway of India, while the exposition came alive at
The Palladium, New Delhi
Royal Fables Season Seven, Delhi Chapter found a new home at The Oval Room, The Mansion where the exhibition centered around a showcase of rare Antiquities by French beader Jean Francois Lesage, chandelier restorer Regis Mathieu and Titus Museum of Vintage Automation while the Mumbai Chapter, opened with a very unique fashion show that had the royal scions themselves walk in their vintage poshaks.
Royal Fables was then invited as the anchor story of the first ever Vancouver Bridal Week held in April 2016 at The Vancouver Convention Center. Team Royal Fables took this an an opportunity to also launch the ROYAL FABLES TRUNK COLLECTION that can be made available both online and in brick and mortar stores and exhibitions as a homogenous story. The Collection also travelled to Dallas and Los Angeles. At LA Fashion by Rohini hosted an engaging afternoon for the city’s swish set to meet and greet the visiting royals from India.
Royal Fables Season Eight started off with a bang in New Delhi and was a two day extravaganza. Held at Hyatt Regency, Royal Fables curated an artistic collaboration between the royal custodians and contemporary masters who revisit the regal bastion of design to interpret it in a modern language
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