Fashion Avant-Garde: Dynamic and Self-Confident
Rani Bageria counts among the up-and-coming Austrian fashion labels. The Tyrolean with Indian roots studied fashion at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Since 2013 she has been setting trends with her avant-garde, self-confident women’s collections.
During her studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Rani Bageria was influenced by the Belgian fashion rebels of the “Antwerp Six” around the likes of Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, and Walter Van Beirendonck. The fact that her fashion can be classified as avant-garde is no wonder against this backdrop. She realizes her designs with high-quality materials and perfect craftsmanship. She learned how to create technically impeccable works as a knitwear designer at Chloé. In 2012 the Tyrolean designer dared the step to self-employment; in 2013 she presented her celebrated debut collection at the Paris Fashion Week, and the hip fashion store Opening Ceremony snatched up her creations and distributed them in the USA.
Architecture inspires Bageria, as do different cultures and various art forms. Her trendy collections are dominated time and again by (handmade) knitwear, employing the finest cashmere or alpaca wools and innovative yarns. Patterns like floral camouflage or perforated leather ensure contrast in her looks, which according to Bageria are intended for modern femme fatales, who reflect upon their personal needs, are dynamic and self-confident, and also dress themselves this way – just like the designer herself. Her collections have already been awarded prizes; in 2014 she won the Austrian Fashion Award.