Rina Dhaka is a renowned Indian designer famed for her stunning blend of Indian and Western Wear. Rina Dhaka designs are known for the fun element that adds vivacity to one’s looks. Rina experiments with fabrics and colors and loves to create a mix ‘n’ match style. In fact, in a recent fashion show, she mixed fur and boots with her Indian outfits that won huge appreciation.
Rina Dhaka always had flair for designing and after completing her graduation and a training project for Intercraft, she later received training from designer Evan Grandhal. Rina Dhaka also opened an exclusive Salwar Kameez boutique for one of her close friends and later designed for upcoming fashion houses like Mutiny and Ensemble. Her designs won rave reviews and she ventured into the fashion industry as an independent designer.
Rina Dhaka believes that today a lot more opportunities are available for women designers due to the fact that globalization has opened up a number of avenues for women on all fronts. Rina Dhaka emphasizes comfort as well as style in formal clothing that gives you a better presentation and self confidence. Rina was motivated by ace fashion designer Rohit Khosla’s admiration for her designs displayed at the coveted Miss India beauty pageant. Her first international fashion show in Singapore "The Best of Indian Haute Couture" became a huge success and Rina Dhaka cemented her position in the fashion world.
Renowned for her theme collections pertaining to sheer trousers, crochet, stretch jersey, woollens and spider web motifs, Rina Dhaka dominates the Western Wear scene in India. Though she also designs traditional and conventional attires, she believes that fashion for women is about creating a lot of options that characterize severity and seduction.
Rina Dhaka is not only recognized among the Indian Fashion circle but is appreciated worldwide. Rina Dhaka’s work has been featured in international publications like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire Paris, Madame Figaro Paris, Vogue London, New York Post, Vanity Fair, etc. Rina Dhaka has designed for a number of eminent celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Uma Thruman, Susan Fales Hill, Molly Simns, Tara Palmen Tomkison, Lara Dutta, and Diana Hayden.
Rina’s label ‘Rina Dhaka’ is retailed in the well known stores like stores like Carma-Delhi, Design Studio-Mumbai, Kimaya-Mumbai, Selfridges-London, Coin-Italy and Lord and Taylor-New York. She also runs a studio for Lycra in Hauz Khaz village in Delhi.
Her recent collection at the Lakme India Fashion Week exuded lightness of fabrics like cottons, linens and plisses accentuated with exquisite embroidery that resembled the smudged and tea stained effects. Her collection marked the return of late eighties and early nineties with a little contemporary enhancement and lots of focus on necklines.
Rina Dhaka has been honored with the Yuva Rattan Award for her brilliant designs. Rina Dhaka has also listed her merchandise on the shopping portal 99labels.com that also features other luxury brands like Ritu Kumar, Guess, Esprit and Police.
Rina Dhaka has partnered with the Shop for Change organization by introducing a designer wear range created from Shop for Change certified cotton at the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week. Shop for Change is an NGO set up by the International Resources for Fairer Trade (India) and Tradecraft (UK), to help farmers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa to develop their communities.
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