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28 May, 2010

Fashion in my childhood

One more interesting fact about me. I started doing TV shows (professionally), at the age of 7 year. I was anchoring/hosting children shows and was even getting paid for it. That was my first pocket money (Rs. 30, to be precise, per episode). This was of course, for Doordarshan (other channels were unheard of). And I was very confident in front of the camera. I would write my own lines and rattle them when the camera rolled. I also wanted to design my own clothes that I wore for my shows.

My earliest stint with fashion started when I was as young as 8 years. (Can you believe that?). I designed my first creation when I was as young as 8. And I also knew what shoes I wanted with it that time. I was inspired by a picture in a magazine (that time it was a russian magazine- the only one that was published on a glossy paper- called Soviet Nari). I saw a russian girl wearing high shoes with a dress, which really fascinated me. Now those shoes were unheard of in those days. ( I am talking about 1977). They called it gum boots. And Viola! I took my mom for cloth shopping. I wanted a check skirt with a same check waist coat worn over a white shirt. And wanted my parents to import gum boots. Now in those days (I am talking as if this was some centuries back) our only relative who stayed in a "phoren" country (overseas) was my dad's younger brother. I sent him a picture from the magazine I also drew my foot imprint on a paper for its size and he got me those gum boots. Must tell you, I looked so weird wearing those boots in a small town. People stood and looked at me as if I had polio legs. But I could not care less. It was my proudest possession-pure leather high shoes of cherry red color. Below is my picture of the dress that I had first designed. The picture quality is not good. But I had an attitude to model even as a young kid.




Check my High boots (gum boots). I was about 12 year old here.


And when I was asked to wear a kimono for a stage show in my school, this is how I wore it. I used my mom's shawls to drape as kimono. Here I was 7 year old.


At 15 year (I was in class 10), we had school farewell party. I studied in all girls convent school and we were all supposed to wear sarees for it. I made my mom buy me this mauve color, plain saree and was so pleased with what I wore. My best friend Nidhi Chauhan is seen here wearing a red saree.


Another picture with Nidhi Chauhan.


And this is a sweater I knitted myself (very painstakingly to be honest).


Seen here wearing the same sweater with my friends Nidhi and Gina Parmar


And I thought I looked like a movie star in this- sweet lace neck, polka dot, pistachio green color dress.


Again with Nidhi and Cherry

It still amuses me to think that how at the age of 7-8 year, when fashion designers were unheard of, when Bhanu Athaiya existed and not Manish Malhotra, I was so into fashion.

15 comments:

  1. honestly---I am not fond of reading stuff off the computer screen...but this one I didn't want to come to an end...more more more more about you!!!!

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  2. Bhawna when I look back, I find it funny. Am totally amused.

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  3. wow...im loving this post also i love how you look in your green lace dress and long hair...so beutiful and innocent. and those bots and dress pic is rocking. i didnt know you worked on tv. thats news....ahem ahem. what all is left? for me to know?
    in all another nice blog from you...looking forwrd to th e next.

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  4. OH and readers, 2 more interesting facts about my sis: She made me also pose in front of the camera wheneverI got a new dress. Every birthday, she used to present me with her own creation and I was the princess of the party. Any friends' birthday party, any fancy dress, she used to design clothes for me and Ma used to stitch them, and I had the best outfits always! Even my wedding dress was envisioned by her and gifted by her to me.
    2nd fact: We had a mike at our place and she used to sing and dance holding it with the full attitude of a pop singer. Heehee:) My sis has always been fascinated by glamor and fashion

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  5. OH and readers, 2 more interesting facts about my sis: She made me also pose in front of the camera wheneverI got a new dress. Every birthday, she used to present me with her own creation and I was the princess of the party. Any friends' birthday party, any fancy dress, she used to design clothes for me and Ma used to stitch them, and I had the best outfits always! Even my wedding dress was envisioned by her and gifted by her to me.
    2nd fact: We had a mike at our place and she used to sing and dance holding it with the full attitude of a pop singer. Heehee:) My sis has always been fascinated by glamor and fashion

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  6. OH and readers, 2 more interesting facts about my sis: She made me also pose in front of the camera wheneverI got a new dress. Every birthday, she used to present me with her own creation and I was the princess of the party. Any friends' birthday party, any fancy dress, she used to design clothes for me and Ma used to stitch them, and I had the best outfits always! Even my wedding dress was envisioned by her and gifted by her to me.
    2nd fact: We had a mike at our place and she used to sing and dance holding it with the full attitude of a pop singer. Heehee:) My sis has always been fascinated by glamor and fashion

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  7. @Indian girl- You did not know this? am surprised.
    @komal- what a cute comment. Love you for this. Yes glamor and fashion, friends and fun, does excite me.

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  8. Wow kiran ! And I wonder how you ended up a fitness consultant rather than a fashion designer !

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  9. @random- thats another long story...:)

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  10. waise woh kimono wali pic toh badiiii hi cute hai :-)

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  11. Oh! I love that pic of your where you thought you were a movie star ;) .. hahah! Long hair suited you A LOT! ..i have told you that before too ... when I saw your blow-ups in the studio with your two fab-boys!

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  12. Nidhi and Gina friends are look so pretty in these pictures. I could not understand why pictures insert with fashion related peace of work.

    Send flowers to Pakistan

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  13. Yes, I found out your childhood post.Loving it.
    I know gum boots. They come high up the ankle, sometimes till the knee with a zipper on the side and without any shoe laces. We used to wear them in winters as they are the preferred choice of footwear during snow season.Although when you were wearing it in 1977, I just came to this world then.ha ha.

    Your hand knit sweater looks so fabulous. Do you remember the ulta kunda and seedha kunda now too or forgotten. What about kunde wadhana and kunde ghatana.

    If you don't laugh - I also have made a sleeveless sweater in my school days. Dark blue colored. In fact each and everyone in our class had to do it and did it too. Mine was a co-ed and the teaching always was - boys and girls are equal.Anything a boy can do, a girl should be able to and vice verse.I still know how to knit.

    Nice knowing more about you. The more I know, the more I admire.

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  14. Ohhhh I love this post!!!!! I see what you mean honey...

    You are so beautiful! Such a star! I LOVE all these photos!!

    So so fabulous and I love the gumboots look and this is yet another reason why we connect... we are so similar! I too was very (still am) quirky from a young age.

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