Wednesday 28, Oct 2020, Delhi (India)
This season of Game of Thrones started with a bang earlier in April, however, with the passing of episodes, many fans complained about the season is disappointing. An undying obsession with the series got us to the end of 8 seasons and now with the finale having premiered, you might be wondering what to do with that obsession. Masaba Gupta has got the answer - take it to your wardrobe.
Masaba Gupta is a celebrated Indian fashion designer known for her quirky and modern ethnic designs and for presenting her clothing lines to the film fraternity.
On May 16, the designer launched a clothing line in collaboration with Game of Thrones. It was released on Star World as opposed to a traditional fashion show, presumably owing to the large audience of the show. Masaba was approached to do this line a few years ago and has exclusive collaboration rights. The designer took to Instagram to share pictures of her GOT themed line and the response has been largely positive.
The collection is an Indian take on the theme that was designed to resonate with the Indian audience. The collection comprises eighteen womenswear ensembles, five menswear outfits, and around twelve jewelry pieces - all imprinted with graphic prints, symbolic motifs and popular quotes from the show. Masaba has designed pieces ranging from ethnic dhoti sarees, kaftans, dhoti pants and lungis to more western trench coats, t-shirts, and blazers.
Talking to The Telegraph, Masaba said, “ I tried not to make it character-specific. It is very specific to the mood of the show. It is set in this beautiful canvas which is all white, grey… a very muted palette. I took a lot of inspiration from Arya Stark’s style because she is my favorite character on the show and some inspiration from iconic scenes like the Red Wedding. We have made it more generic. It should not be like a fan T-shirt or a festival outfit. It is something that you own for life. You can wear them to anything.”
Focusing on the design elements and restrictions she elaborated, "All the motifs and designs we were using, had to be exact. We weren't allowed to switch them up at all. The dragon, the trees and more had to be depicted exactly. But these helped us create a well-rounded collection. In terms of color and fabrics, there were no restrictions at all."
The collaboration is the first of its kind, with House of Masaba acquiring the official license to create apparel, home products, and jewelry inspired by the widely popular book and tv series, not only for India but also for the United Kingdom and Indonesia. This is a huge win for an Indian designer - and Masaba has brought out the fierceness of Game of Thrones and its fans to create compelling and distinctive pieces befitting its status. We can’t wait to see what comes next.